To start with, I think I'm going to be taking some silhouette inspiration from Lolita fashion. I'm going to focus on getting more "fluffy" bell-shaped skirts that start directly at the waist and hit around the knee. I need to ditch all of my pants, shorts, and jeans. They don't have a place in my closet anymore. For blouses, I'm looking to find more high-neck and button-up blouses that "nip in" at the waist. Jackets and vestsshould hit at the top of the hip or at my waist, coats can be longer. Socks should be at least above the knee, but preferably thigh-length or full-tights (not footless leggings.)
For a color pallet, I'm going to try and stick with mostly black, gray, white, indigo, and red for my color pallet. These are the colors that I find the most aesthetically pleasing and that look good with my skin tone. For jewelry and accessories, I wouldn't mind adding in other colors, so they're exempt from the rule. Speaking of jewelry, I think I'd prefer to keep most of my jewelry in silver-tone. I have a few pieces of jewelry in bronze and gold, but I never know what to do with them since they don't match anything.
I'm going to stay away from satins, which I find incredibly unflattering, and very "clingy" fabrics. Instead, I'm going to build up a wardrobe of more velvets, jacquards, cottons, and cotton-blends. When it comes to velvet, I'm going to avoid both stretch-velvets and crushed ones, and instead focus on nicer, smooth velvet items. I'm also going to stay away from sheer fabrics and anything with a lot of lace on it.
Most of my wardrobe will more than likely end up being solid colors, but sometimes I fall hard for patterns and motifs. I'd like to limit the patterns in my wardrobe to vertical stripes and damasks, staying away from plaids, polka-dots and florals. I'm still debating about striped stockings because, while I love them, they do make my legs look wider. I'll decide about them later when my ankle heals up and I can start running again to get my runner's legs back.
The first thing I'm going to do is get rid of my bracelets, hats, and arm warmers. These are pieces that I can never make work for me, for various reasons, so they've got to go. In my wildest daydreams, I'd like to build up an "accessory wardrobe" inspired by Lolita and Victorian-Goth. Fancy muffs for the winter, jabots, caplets, vintage gloves, and boleros are on the list. For jewelry, I'd like to focus more on brooches, rings, necklaces, and hair-ornaments. One thing that I really need, though, is a reasonably practical but pretty purse, so we'll see what I can find.
I'm not entirely sure what type of shoe-wardrobe I want to have yet. I'm going to get rid of most of my casual tennis-shoes (except for my fabulous running shoes) and try to get more Victorian boots. For other casual shoes, I would like a small and feminine heel (I find low heels more comfortable than flats, oddly enough.) I'm going to get rid of shoes with a square tip and instead focus on rounded toes and pointy ones.
Unfortunately, I was not one of the winners of the multi-million dollar lottery, so how am I going to pay for all of this? I think it's time I learned how to sew. Yes, yes, I've been thinking about it for a while, but I really do feel that now is the time to learn. I'll start from the basics, like altering thrift-store finds, but then I might be able to upgrade to sewing my own skirts! People have promised me that it's not as hard as I'm making it out to be, but we'll see!
What about you all? Have any of you done a wardrobe overhaul? How did it turn out for you?