View Full Version : Capsule Wardrobe for Retirement - Help please

07-10-2009, 07:26 AM
I retired at the end of August and have just got round to sorting out the clothess I no longer need.

All my work clothes have gone to Oxfam and I don't have a problem with Occasion clothes BUT what do I need for everyday?

If I keep getting rid of clothes at this rate I shall soon be wearing denim and flip flops everyday. What do you think I ought to keep?


07-10-2009, 07:49 AM
Since McKays have become M&Co, I can't speak highly enough of them.
Prices are a little below M&S generally, and they have lovely everyday clothes that coordinate well.
I took a friend there yesterday, and she spent £150 and got two skirts, a pair of trousers, a cardigan, a top,and two jumpers and all the colours coordinate so well, it's given her lost of different outfits.
Personally I like trousers and long tops, camisoles and cardigans, and long skirts and boots...that's my everyday wardrobe summed up.

07-10-2009, 08:00 AM
Good Morning Psyche,

My advice to you, is to keep what makes you happy.

There are no hard and fast rules, just because you have retired, your clothes still matter, there is so much choice out there, and always help at hand, if you get a helpful assistant, you can ask for advice.

It really depends, now, on your lifestyle, whether you will need more casual clothes, with the odd smart outfit, thrown in, for smart occasions.

Good Luck.

Plasmo x

07-10-2009, 08:08 AM
If you are a jeans wearer, then why not try chinos instead. I think they look a bit smarter than jeans, but still casual.

There are plenty of funky twinsets out there - not at all frumpy.

for winter I like the skirts and boots combo - hate wearing tights - ugh - though because i am short, i don't wear skirts that are too long, they don't suit me.

07-10-2009, 10:12 AM
I think the only rule is to be careful not to wear stuff, just 'cos it's trendy, when it would look ridiculous on someone in an older age group.
It's a fine line as you get older between classic and keeping up with the trends so as not to look dated, but not wearing things that don't suit you in an effort to look young.
Let us know what you buy!

07-10-2009, 10:23 AM
Psyche - gosh, you're quick! Retired end of August - already sorting your clothes . . . ! I'm still at it, two years on.

I can agree with what others say: keep and wear what you're comfortable in. The saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" seems relevant. If you like what you look like, no-one else matters. At the same time, when you go out of the door, even if it's just to do something ordinary like the grocery-shopping, bear in mind that most people you pass won't notice you, and those who do, will only see you fleetingly, so whatever you're wearing will be "new" to them!

People you only see rarely can be fooled by the confidence with which you wear "this old thing"; and your friends like you too much to bother telling you they've seen it before, a dozen times.

What "should" be in a capsule wardrobe? I've broken my clothes collection down into three categories
1. Things I will wear outside the house; for shopping, for rehearsals, for . . . whatever you go out in public for. Family teas? This includes the posh stuff that gets worn once in a blue moon.
2. Things I will wear at home, where there's no-one but me (and the cats) to see; warm, cosy, comfortable - those are the criteria for me. This includes many of the shopping mistakes/fashion items which I still keep to wear when the fancy takes me (in PRIVATE!)
3.My "specialised" clothing; outdoor work clothes and sports clothing; concert "uniforms". You may not have a "special" category, but you'll have the other two.

My Category One clothing is plain, simple basics: jeans, black trousers, a couple of A-line denim skirts; white t-shirts and vests; woollen knitwear in classic styles. This will take me anywhere, and if I feel like freaking things out a bit, I can always add one of the "mistakes" from the other end of the wardrobe!

Good luck; if you've got time and inclination, sorting your wardrobe can be a lot of fun. http://www.womanandhome.com/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

PS - there's also Category Four: none of the above so - Charity Shop, here we come

07-10-2009, 11:44 AM
Retired-all you need is a housecoat to keep your dusters in!!
Isn't that what you've been building up to all your life???

07-10-2009, 02:02 PM
Hey Beau, i think Psyche will be looking for all the items that she needs to fulfill 3. on Toffee's list - mountain-climbing, white water rafting, glamorous black tie functions, movie premieres, ballroom dancing to name but a few. Housecoat - nah!

07-10-2009, 02:15 PM
Hi Psyche - congratulations on the retirement now is the time for you to dress how you please. Most of my everyday stuff is trousers/jeans/chinos, plenty of tops, fleecy ones for the colder weather, classic sweaters can be dressed up or down. I struggle on 'posh' outfits now as I so rarely wear them if a sudden invitation arrives I shall be on here shouting HELP.
Have fun!!!!!

07-10-2009, 05:30 PM
Enjoy Pysche .......

Take care Foxie

08-10-2009, 08:14 AM
Hi Psyche.Try Littlewoods Trinny and Susannah Shape Advisor.It will work out your shape for you,they advise on the cut and shape of clothes that best suit you.There are lots of websites that will advise on the capsule wardrobe,just google"capsule wardrobe".The gist of it is that you will spend as much as you can afford on the "capsule "part,and these will be your wardrobe staples,and you add the cheaper bits.Classic capsules usually have,versatile dress,pair of jeans,classic white shirt,pair of trousers-NOT BLACK-some simple knitwear pieces,coat etc.Try neutral colours especially grey,so much more flattering and forgiving than black. Good luck shopping,Oopsi.

05-11-2009, 05:13 PM
just saw your post.

Just because you have retired you dont have to spend your days in jeans and funny shoes.
If you like to wear trousers get a couple of tailored one that can be useful during the day with sweaters, shirts and long cardigan(very in at the moment). You can wear the same trousers for a night out with a smart shirt or sparkly (but not too much) top.
A light weight middle lengh black coat is a MUST
A special dress that can be used for a variety of occasions; changing the accessories. Lots of large pashmibn style scarves.
A pair of confy boots and shoes and a pair of killer heels that you can only wear from the car to the restaurant and back. Remember never match shoes and handbag its definately out. One can look c asula and at ease but at the same time elgant and confident
an Italian friend

05-11-2009, 06:29 PM
Thank you italian friend. I have bought the long cardigans and trousers. Still thinking about a coat. I am so fed up with black and that's all that seems to be about in large sizes.

06-11-2009, 01:12 PM
I suppose you are right about black, I always say I will try another colour but I end up with black because it goes with everything. I put coloured accessories with it for instance purple shoes or boots and a nice scarf to break up the black. Accessorise has a variety of fab bags with lots of colour that can also break up the dullness of the black coat.
Hope this helps
ciao ciao