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I think I might be getting sick of black clothing.

I've been dressing like a teenaged Smiths fan since, well, since I was a teenaged Smiths fan. The bulk of my wardrobe consists of plain layerable cotton t-shirts, thin sweaters, miniskirts, tights, and big clunky shoes, nearly all of it black. It's been fine for me for nigh on two decades, ever since I started picking out my own clothes. I've been cultivating this "look," such as it is.

But for some reason this winter while staring into my closet and grabbing yet another black-with-brown-or-grey combo I just kept thinking, don't I have anything else to wear?

I do not.

I do not even know where to begin to have anything else to wear. Every time I go to a clothing store, I make a beeline to the dark side and pick out things that look exactly like things I already own, and I buy them. I hate shopping, so I stick with familiar shapes and textures, and when I buy something different -- like the tomato-red t-shirt from last summer (baby steps, baby steps) -- it doesn't really go with the rest of my stuff. And then I feel all conspicuous because I'm wearing red and people can see me. So I throw a black cardigan over it and slink back into the corner, wishing I had "panache" or "moxie" or whatever it is that makes people look nice in clothing.

And don't even get me started on fitting rooms and body issues. And how the very same torso can be declared "medium" at one store and "extra large" at another. And how, what the fuck, why can't I find pants that fit over my ass and around my hips?!

So I'm going to try to break out of this rut, mix it up a little, so that I'm not still dressing like Daria in my 60s.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to do this?

Replies: 12 Confessions

Two suggestions.. Start small.. start using more color in your accessories and then build from that.. Second.. FInd someone to go with you, who can tell you what does and doesn't look good on you...They have to be able to tell you the truth..no room for nicey nice here..

That's how I did it.

Sillynun @ 04/26/2008 05:40 PM CST


Before you make your purchases, pile everything up and look at it. Too much black, brown and grey? Take one thing off the pile, put it back on the rach and go find something in a deep purple, blue or green. Or maybe something with a pattern. I, too, am a "black" shopper, but I'm trying to reorient. Good luck

Jaime @ 04/27/2008 07:43 AM CST


It's about time! Remember how cute you looked when I was buying your clothes? Hudsons used to have personal shoppers, Alvin's had trained salespeople, that is what you need. They can help you with right colors for your coloring. I'm sure if you checked around before you shopped, you could find personal shoppers and they should be free. Get professional help. I worked with a redhead that wore torquoise, sp?, and it looked great.

Mom C @ 04/27/2008 09:35 AM CST


"Remember how cute you looked when I was buying your clothes?"

Uh, that's not how I remember it.

amyc @ 04/27/2008 12:20 PM CST


I wish I were there to help you. I like picking out stuff for other people.

Mom_C probably wouldn't approve of me, though. ;(

amy_b @ 04/27/2008 05:04 PM CST


amy b, would it be black, olive drab and brown?

Mom C @ 04/27/2008 06:08 PM CST


I just remembered that beautiful peach prom dress I brought home from Alvin's, you didn't even want to try it on, but you looked like a princess in it. Peach is a good color for you. I wish I could send that picture to your site. There are colors out there for you.

Mom C @ 04/27/2008 06:14 PM CST


amy b, you should totally come to Chicago and help me pick out clothes. As long as they're not freaky little elf costumes.

amyc @ 04/27/2008 07:36 PM CST


Here's a suggestion: go to Unique Boutique every Monday. It's in the strip mall in the southwest corner of Howard & Western. It's spectacularly cheap (used clothing) and Mondays are half-price day, so you can try things out for a buck or two. The quality is really good, if you spend just a little time looking. I routinely find things that are new with the tags still on. It might not render a new favorite every week, but it tends to eliminate the economic argument against buying something that might work out. For a buck or two, you can afford to experiment.

Thomas Westgard @ 04/28/2008 08:35 AM CST


Three words: find a tailor. Ten bucks of good tailoring can turn a shirt you like into a shirt you love, or pants from kinda-fit into ASS-PANTS!

Eamon @ 04/28/2008 08:59 AM CST


Does this mean you're going to stop working on your moves? Falling on your face then flogging yourself for letting some one tape you while you're screwing up seems a suitable substitute for shopping.

Well, it does.

JT Elder @ 05/03/2008 05:56 AM CST


Which is worse? Freaky elf costumes or Peach Prom Princess Dress?

amy_b @ 05/12/2008 04:58 AM CST


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