Fashion for the Unfashionable

I marvel at people who leave the house on a morning looking perfectly put together. I consider it a win if I leave the house looking vaguely symmetrical. These days I realise that fashion is less about attention and more about confidence.

Fashion for the Unfashionable 

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Current trends? Pah!

I don’t own labels. I haven’t worn a dress since my wedding day fifteen years ago and I haven’t worn makeup since I was seventeen years old. Trends have come and gone and overall I’ve just stuck with a style I’ve found affordable and comfortable. That’s not to say that fashion isn’t important to me. I certainly make more sensible fashion choices these days.

I may not be sporting the catwalk latest or spending obscene amounts of money on clothes, shoes and accessories, however, I still place importance on my clothing as how I look and feel in my second skin is a real confidence booster.

Fashion and Colours

Again, fashion is often about the latest trends, the next big thing, the latest colours. I’ve followed my own colour palette in terms of fashion over the past few years/decades, namely black. Black, gray and an occasional bold smattering of navy blue. I’ve tried injecting bold colours but they don’t make me feel good about myself. These days you might see more forest green, a little pink and even the odd smidge of mustard peeking out from my wardrobe. I can’t wear bright colours, bold patterns and that’s ok because fashion for me is donning something that again, makes me feel good about myself.

Fashion and Feeling

Something else I’ve realised over the years is that fashion is as much about how something feels as it looks. I’ve shopped at simplybe.co.uk for several years and have found that they tick all of my style-related boxes. From fabulous fabrics, superior design and attention to comfort, even in their shapewear department, you can see why I keep going back time and time again. My current personal favourites are their denim jeggings which pull on and off, have a fabulously comfortable waist and look great with boots. I’m grateful to have found somewhere who caters to the “how you feel” aspect of womenswear.

In Summary

When it comes to fashion for the unfashionable, as I consider myself, it’s all about finding your own groove, what suits you and what makes you feel good. I no longer try to wear heels, having realised that comfort and style can go hand in hand and I don’t concern myself with trying to find my eighteen-year-old figure anymore. I’m pretty sure that ship sailed years and two children ago. What about you? What does fashion mean to you? Do you feel the need to keep up with the current trends, or are you comfortable in last season’s clothing as long as it is well-made and comfortable?

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The House Viewing

house viewingWe are looking to move house. Next year looks most likely, perhaps the year after. This is THE PLAN. What we didn’t expect was for a near perfect house to pop up. Of course, us being us, we booked a house viewing and met the agent there this morning.

It had the right number of bedrooms, a lovely kitchen, a dining room, lounge, plenty of storage, a cellar (decorated and carpeted), a conservatory and a bigger garden. I was smitten before we left but of course, you never know with house viewings how things will go.

Sadly it wasn’t for us. The layout was perfect, the outside was great and we used to live in the same area and loved it. The kitchen was wonderful, although had a somewhat oddly-placed fireplace (gas fire) in the kitchen which I’m sure would have annoyed me eventually. The mixture of tile and hardwood floors worked and the bathroom was ideal. Sadly though the third bedroom was tiny and the cellar, which Roy would earmark for Dungeons and Dragons sessions, had a slight problem of its own; Roy couldn’t stand up straight in it (he’s 6ft 4”).

We said that if we moved the new house, garden and area would have to tick all of the boxes. This house ticked most, however, the compromises were too great. So close. We thanked the agent and have closed the door on that particular property. Ok, we WILL close the door, I’m just a little in love still with the parts of it that were perfect.

This house viewing has really made us think about our checklists, our priorities and how much we are willing to compromise, or not. We’ve ruled out a newer house. We’ve been there before and much prefer the character and space that comes with an older property. Don’t get me wrong, if a new house popped up with a cellar that Roy could stand up in….

Is it wrong to want it all? I don’t think so. I’m a little sad today as if I’ve lost something which is a bit odd given as the house was never mine but it has really hammered home how important the feel and the atmosphere of a house and an area are to us, as much as the practical aspects.

Onwards and upwards. For us, it’s back to our original plan of moving next year and taking our time. I will, of course, be keeping an eye on Rightmove, just in case.

 

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