Wardrobe advice required

Time to share some fashion wisdom with those who require it. I’ve had two emails this week about clothes. The first is from Linda who needs a new look.

She writes:

Hi. I need a bit of help and I thought it might be something you could throw it out to the MM audience. I’ve never been what I’d call fashion savvy. I’ve always had an interest but never really managed to look anything but average and never that, “Wow I love your outfit” kind of thing.

To be honest, I’ve never really felt confident about buying clothes. As a result, since I had my baby, 20 months ago, I’ve completely fallen of the fashion radar. To give you a better picture, my winter wardrobe consisted of 2 Jeans West tops (both grey!) and a pair of Sass and Bide jeans (purchased 3 years ago). Oh, and did I mention I have no idea about accessories?? So I don’t have any…

Anyhoo, I’m in Summer meltdown. I have nothing. Nada. Zip. Get the idea? And the idea of having nothing and needing a lot is overwhelming. I just don’t know where to start. I’m 35, and don’t really want to go down the mutton-as-lamb road and I really don’t really care if I’m on-trend for the season (I can assure you that harem pants and I won’t be friends). I do, however, desperately want to feel nice again, and neat, and, well, chic, you know? Like I give a damn and have made a bit of an effort.

I work a little bit from home, so my wardrobe can be more casual than corporate dressy, and I don’t go out all that much anymore so I don’t really need much in the way of fancy schmancy. So does anyone have any advice on where I should start? What are good staples for Summer and how on earth do you pull together a great outfit?

I would start by buying a copy of Shop Til You Drop magazine. It’s not like those scary fashion magazines but it does break down the trends and show you what kinds of things are right for the season. For example, I read that tops are all about being worn underneath a jacket this season.

And that jackets are all loose and unstructured and should be thrown over everything. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn not to buy harem pants. More Fool Me.

As for shops and more specific suggestions, I’m going to hand it over to you guys…..

Oh wait, the other question I got was about wedding fashion ettiquette. Someone wanted to know if it was OK to wear either black or cream to a wedding.

So two questions. Got any answers?

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