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I have been feeling a little bit dowdy recently and it’s put me in a funny old mood.  For me dressing the part makes you act the part and the part I want to play is that of someone fabulous.  Time to overhaul myself.

I paint my nails a bright colour, deep condition my hair and get some sleep.  The next day I wear something fabulous, usually a dress, usually red; always something feminine.  Today I just didn’t follow through on step three.  I took  my shiny hair and ruby red nails …. and finished the look with leggings and a huge sweater!

It’s not that I don’t have nice clothes, I have some very nice clothes, I think part of the problem is that I have SO MANY clothes that my wardrobe often becomes disorganised and even unwelcoming.  I have a large wardrobe, a tall chest of drawers, some smaller drawers and two huge packing boxes FULL to bursting with clothes.  I even have a box in the garage that I’ve been meaning to launder, photograph and put on Ebay; it’s been there since June.

I do clear out my clothing, I just find it difficult.  I skim a few pieces and offer them to friends and sisters before donating the rest to Charity.  I think it is hard for me to get rid of clothes for a number of reasons.  Some items have memories associated with them or I fear that I will regret the items I give away; as a person who at times has had very little, it is difficult not to hold on tight to the things you acquire.

Only once in my life have I truly culled my wardrobe and that reduced me to tears!  I didn’t get rid of the pieces I didn’t like, I ONLY kept the pieces I loved, the pieces which were good quality and made me look and feel good.  This resulted in a few raised eyebrows as I was inevitably forced to wear delicate little tops and beautiful appliquéd skirts to toddler groups, whilst many of the other Mother’s wore sweatpants!  It bothered me at first but after a while I embraced the persona that my more glamorous appearance suggested.  I was 20 and just starting to be brave enough to trust my own style.

I think I may have arrived at another such pivotal style (not fashion) moment!

I am almost 28 now; I am confident in my own sense of style and almost as important, I have the confidence to pull off the outfits I love.

I am about to embark on a new Chapter of my life as a married lady!

I have enough fabulous items of clothings, that I needn’t ever wear the mediocre ones.

I am a busy person and sometimes lazy when it comes to dressing; if I only have beautiful clothes, I can only wear beautiful clothes!?

Kirstie Allsopp apparently said that one day she had an epiphany when it came to dressing.  She decided that for her, dresses were the way forward.  A busy working Mum, she didn’t have time to worry about putting an outfit together; a dress was a whole outfit in one item.  She went into her wardrobe and discarded all of her skirts, trousers and tops, bar a few that could go under dresses and now feels liberated.

I applaud her brutality, but I’m not sure I could do it!  That said, after reading this I have barely bought anything but dresses since and more importantly, I have worn them ALOT.  My dresses will definitely be in my ‘keep’ pile.

This Evening I am going to liberate myself from my old wardrobe.  I will keep only items that I really love and will give away far more than I keep.  I might even tackle my accessories :-S

Wish me luck lovelies, I’m going in.

Love Rachel

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