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Thread: Capsule Wardrobe for Retirement - Help please

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    Capsule Wardrobe for Retirement - Help please

    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?

    Thanks

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    HI,
    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.

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    Re: Capsule Wardrobe for Retirement - Help please

    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
    Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain. But you cant make a rainbow without a little rain....

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    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.
    The only use a currency union would have is to provide Scottish politicians with a way of continuing to blame Westminster for all their problems post-independence.

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    Psyche,
    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!

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    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.

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

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    Re: Capsule Wardrobe for Retirement - Help please

    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???

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    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!
    The only use a currency union would have is to provide Scottish politicians with a way of continuing to blame Westminster for all their problems post-independence.

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    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!!!!!
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    Enjoy Pysche .......

    Take care Foxie

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