Fix My Fashion Woe (FMFW) is a series I’ve mentally had in my head for a while. I’m not an overly girly girl, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping, but I often want to know things about clothes or style. But without having to spend time at the shops! I know, I don’t ask for much…
I love the travel capsule wardrobes that are all over Pinterest (especially if you look up travel clothes or packing a carry on or traveling light). I actually want my wardrobe to be like that. I don’t really like most clothes I have these days, for one reason or another. They don’t seem to suit me any more, I’ve put on weight so they don’t fit me very well…the reasons vary.
I came across a company called Chick On The Go yesterday while on Pinterest…naturally. I love simple, powerful and effective ideas like this. However, I can’t buy online. Clothes fit me strangely. I have to try on every single thing I buy. I’m usually between sizes, and depending on what item it is, I need to go up or down a size to make it work for me. I currently own & wear clothes in sizes 12-20. Go figure, right?
So I was wondering how to create this kind of capsule wardrobe for myself. The closest I have are a few Intimo pieces that work in a similar way. But, once again, not all of their pieces suit me, they’re usually out of my budget, and I have to guess sizes due to the party plan style of their business. It’s nothing against them, but it just doesn’t work that well for me.
I was wondering if the internet could help me. It seems that the common factors in creating these types of wardrobes are items which are:
- Wrinkle Free: they don’t need ironing, dry cleaning, or annoying washing. You can just handwash them and let them drip dry without worrying about losing their shape or shrinking.
- Stretchy Fabrics: Comfy for sitting down on a long flight. Also good for days when female hormones make you change sizes. But fabrics that keep their shape.
- Neutral Colours: Blacks and whites. Mostly blacks for me since I can’t keep white clean. Good pieces to add a coloured scarf or bright top to.
Additionally, these are the things I require in this type of clothing:
- Pockets: I don’t always want to carry a bag with me. I want to be able to put my keys, phone & wallet into a pocket. I have noticed that most of this type of flexible, stretchy clothing doesn’t have pockets. For some items, I can see why. But I think all basic dresses or trousers should have pockets.
- Range Of Sizes: Like I said before, I wear clothes from size 12-20. Most plus size clothing is a shapeless sack on me, yet most “normal” size clothing is too small. I need something flexible & with a range of sizes in the store.
- Budget: I need to work on my weight this year. I’m not a scales type of person, but I need to pick up my exercise and general health. I do need to lose weight as I would be over the healthy weight for my height. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes I won’t be keeping for years. I get antsy if I have to spend over $20 on an item of clothing, though realistically I’d be ok with paying around $50 per piece, so long as I put it on and love it straight away.
So, Internet, can you help me? Do you know what stores carry this type of clothing?
They can be chain or independent, so long as they’re somewhere in Brisbane so I can try the clothes on.
Where is good to keep an eye out for sales? And how can I do this as easily as possible, given that I really don’t like clothes shopping?