The one with the shrinking wardrobe

The thing with shrinking by a stone or two is that your wardrobe inevitably shrinks with it. There was an awful in between bit where I was losing the weight slowly but surely and nothing fitted me properly but there was no point in buying anything new until I had lost more weight. Back then, when I said that I had nothing to wear, I really really really had nothing to wear!

My weight evened out probably about a year ago now and slowly but surely I began to build up my wardrobe again but not before I had a huge clear out. Some bits I sold on eBay to make some pennies to buy new clothes that fitted me but actually, selling clothes that I once treasured for literally pennies wasn’t always worth the effort so most of it was packed off to the charity shop. Oh how I wish that I could have gone out and bought a whole new wardrobe but that was never going to happen! The kids have got to eat and all that!


But actually, I can see now that there are in fact advantages to rebuilding my wardrobe slowly. Or maybe I’m just kidding myself? But it has made me really think about what I want and more importantly what I need. It made me look at what additions I needed to make my outfits go further so I’m not neglecting the clothes that I have already bought. I’m at an age now where I know what I like. And for me, that has definitely been a coming of age thing. Gone are the days when I buy whatever a magazine tells me what I should wear, I buy things that I truly love. Fashionable or not.

Over the summer in particular I had the tiniest of wardrobes but I loved every single thing. I would rather have a handful of dresses that I truly love than a wardrobe full of clothes that don’t quite fit properly or don’t much like anymore. To make the cut these days, a dress has to blow me away. As we have moved into winter though, I have more clothes to wear as I started to revamp my wardrobe about this time last year but it still feels so good to have completely streamlined my wardrobe. I have some gorgeous jersey dresses from LK Bennett and Baukjen that are donkeys years old. (One thing that I have learned is that decent jersey is your friend through fat times and thin!) And I also have some lovely new additions from Boden, H&M and La Redoute.

I might have fewer clothes but I always have something to wear these days. Less is sometimes most definitely more. I never thought that I would say that. Ha!

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7 thoughts on “The one with the shrinking wardrobe

  1. tracykuhn says:

    I’m going through the awkward in – between bit now. I’ve lost just under 2 stone and all my clothes feel wrinkly and baggy, but it’s not a bad problem to have. It has made me realise how many clothes I own that I never wear and also that I don’t really need loads of clothes as I tend to wear the same kinds if things. Now I’m in my 40s I think I know now what shapes and fabrics suit me, and it’s one of the perks of getting older that you don’t really care what you’re supposed to wear. I now have a huge charity shop pile in the corner of the bedroom.

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  2. Katy (What Katy Said) says:

    Wow you look great! Growing your wardrobe slowly is a good idea- add key pieces that go with plenty of things. I wish I could start a fresh- I hoard old things even though I never wear them! x

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  3. Susan Mann says:

    I’m struggling with this too. Having been inspired by you and loosing 4 stone, I have very little left. But feel I can’t quite find the right fit or what to wear. Like you I’m ruthless and threw everything out. x


  4. Ellie says:

    I’ve just stumbled across this blog post – well done for losing the weight!

    I’m not affiliated with them or anything but I sell my clothes on this app called Vinted. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it? It’s great for selling (but inevitably you mostly end up buying…) second hand ladies clothes. You set the price and there’s no bidding or anything. I’ve only had positive experiences with it!

    E x


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