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Coming out of the closet with something to wear

     When you're starting out your transition, you're not going to want to spend a ton of money on outfits and accessories before you really know what you are doing. I found it to be a good idea to shop around at used clothing stores at first until you get a good idea of your style. Then you can spend the big bucks on outfits that really suite you. You can have a lot of fun this way and not spend a lot of money. In fact, you might even get a few outfits out of the deal. So grab your Eco-friendly reusable shopping bag and lets go!

      Coordination kills - Whether you are building a spring/summer or fall/winter wardrobe, the key is to only purchase items that will have multipurpose That means you have to coordinate to make the most out of what you are purchasing. To begin, select a basic color(usually darker colors such as black, brown,grey, navy grey for a fall/winter wardrobe; and lighter, brighter colors for spring/summer(white, cream, green, blue etc). Your search will now be focused on coordinating that color and finding three basic wardrobe pieces; a jacket, skirt and pant in your chosen color. I suggest selecting the skirt or pant first because it is much easier to coordinate a jacket to your bottom piece than the other way around. When you have the three basic pieces, you can then begin your search for blouses, shells or sweater tops that will coordinate with them. You're going to knock them dead.

      We three things – What you should also keep in mind when selecting a blouse, shell or sweater is: Do I have three things that I can wear with this? If the item will work with your jacket, skirt and pant then is it a very worthwhile purchase. But, if it will work well with the skirt and pant but not the jacket then you simply pass it by and keep looking. The goal at this stage is to build a good quality basic wardrobe. A skirt, pant and jacket with three tops that coordinate means you will have twelve different outfits to choose from! If you already have a skirt, pant or jacket in your wardrobe that you like to wear , bring it along with you to use as a basic piece to build your wardrobe around.

      Freshen it up – You are going to find that some of the outfits you like might not look current. The answer; accessories! Take some time out of your day and look at the fashion magazines and find out what colors are currently in style. The you can update your look simply by adding accessories in these color. Once again your thrifts store trips will be focused on looking for scarves, belts, purses, shoes or jewelry of that color. The shoes are going to be more of a challenge depending on your size, I personally end up buying my shoes new due to this problem and there are several chains that carry shoes in the larger sizes. Getting the accessories will freshen up your look and help you from looking dated. Think expandable bracelets, the regular ones might not fit over your hands.

      Looking great doesn't necessarily mean spending a lot of money on new outfits. You can easily build a decent wardrobe for you needs on a low budget. Start with thinking about who you are and what you like, then get out there go for it. Coordinate, look for three items that match, and accessorize. Then you can take on the world!



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