I started my Instagram account and this blog to document my style journey after a weight loss of over 100 lbs. I was forced to discard my old clothing and find a new wardrobe from scratch.  It has been a lot of fun but, at times, a little overwhelming. I didn’t realize I would learn so much about myself along the way! This post is about the things I’ve learned NOT to do, like the long, loose top below. No, not the hair! I had no control over it in the wind that day! What I do like in this outfit is the capris that are more slim fitting …

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as opposed to the wider-legged capris below. In fact, this whole outfit, including the peekabo tee shirt, will not be in my wardrobe next summer.

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And a better way to do the longer length that I like is a slimmer top like the one I showed earlier on the blog. Paired with a shrug, I think it gives me a nicer look. I think the darker color helps as well. I love these pants, especially the length, as opposed to …

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I loved these pants on the hanger, love the color. But… can you say frumpy? I think they might look better shorter as more of an “ankle pant”. These go into the “what was I thinking” department! I actually wore this outfit all day!

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I’ve also discovered a passion for jackets. This one is probably a little too big now, but I like the silhouette it creates. I like jackets with a bit of shape.

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When I was working in downtown Philadelphia during the colder months everyone wore black. Black coats, black pants, black shoes in the streets, train station, restaurants … it was a bit depressing. And I was just as guilty! Now, I’m having so much fun with color! I’ve been pairing my favorite orange sneakers with all kinds of other colors.

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Before, shopping for clothing was done on a stricly as-needed basis. I knew what I needed, picked out a few things, got changed in the dressing room with my eyes closed, and came out to let me husband tell me what to buy and what not to buy. I so regret that now! In this journey I have discovered so many wonderful curvy fashion bloggers. That could have been me! I could have looked just as fabulous if I had wanted to. My weight loss surgery was done strictly for health purposes. At age 54, I couldn’t walk without the use of a cane. Of course, I’m very happy about the way I look but I could kick myself for not realizing that I could have been having fun with style and fashion all along!

Except for the frumpy peach-colored pants and shoes, all of the clothing in this post was thrifted.

I’m joining The Pleated Poppy for the “what I wore” linkup and 50 Is Not Old for theWednesday’s Wardrobe linkup.

Thank you for joining me on my frugal fashion journey! Please follow me here and/or on Instagram! And please feel free to comment — I’d love to know what you think!

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