Since turning the ripe old age of 27 this month, it has dawned on me that I feel like I've wasted my 20s so far worrying about my weight and letting it hold me back from wearing nice clothes. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not obese but like most people I'm very out of shape!) I love clothes and reading Vogue etc like the next girl, but it doesn't reflect in what I wear. I live in ill fitting jeans and t-shirts and cardigans and while I don't want to stop wearing jeans etc, I need to stop it from making me feel so slobby. What they say is true, if you dress up you feel better so I need to get a grip.
The catch is, as I've moaned before, I do not have a penny to my name. All the money I do get I end up spending on materials for making things and feel guilty if I spend it on clothes. So, short of going down the road of dividing up a budget for money that I don't have in the first place, I need a new plan.
I think I might start setting aside time to root through charity shops again. I find these days that a lot of charity shops have been vamped up to be more stylish and have a price tag to match. It's hard to find ones that still have items for a few pence or under a fiver. It also tests my patience, as while I love charity shops - I've always been better at finding 'objects' than bothering to rummage through every item of clothing on the rails.
But, here goes. I think it needs to be done! I think I'm going to set myself a little target where I sort out my boring wardrobe but on a budget. I have a sewing machine now so it's up to me to stop being lazy and put it to good use! It's going to be hard, as again, it's down to patience - if something doesn't interest me enough I just don't bother doing it.
I don't want to just rely on charity shops and I hate Primark mostly, but maybe I should do my best to try and unearth some bits that are half decent? I've had a big wardrobe clear out already. I've been quite ruthless - anything that I've never worn or don't wear enough has gone on eBay or the charity shops and I've still got more to sort through. I should probably figure out first what items it is I really need / want first, before I end up just buying any old crap and starting the cycle all over again!
So yep. I don't think I'll be posting any pictures of my ugly mug just yet - but soon I may have to start documenting this silly journey as it might help make me stick to my plans.
If any of you have any hints or tips as to how to find the best things second hand or places to get things cheap, and better still any easy sewing patterns - let me know! I think I will start by making these horrible jeans into a skirt or something. Seriously, thanks a bunch New Look - this pair fits so weirdly.