The Updated Wardrobe:
My 5-year class reunion is coming up this summer. I have been out of high school for 5 years and I still get mistaken for a student in college, highschool, and yes, even middle school! At 5’2″ I am prettty short and can blend in pretty well at the middle school I coach cheerleading at – not ideal for establishing respect from students and fellow staff members. My height is only part of it however. I think that I need to dress more like a woman in her 20’s and not like a college/high school student. Doesn’t sound too hard, unless you factor in that my budget doesn’t allow for much clothes shopping and my style can pretty much be summed up by the word “cute.” I LIKE being cute. With my small frame it is very easy to shop in the cheaper junior’s section then in the more expensive, harder-to-find-the-right-fit women’s section. I need to find a way to transition to an adult wardrobe without sacrificing my personal style.
One good thing about my small stature is that I am frequently the recipient of hand-me-downs. I have received clothes from my mom, older sister, younger sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and most recently – a big box full from a co-worker. These hand-me-downs are much appreciated and have expanded my wardrobe very nicely. However, they usually are not *quite* my size and not my style. I also have a few pieces that I did purchase that either need an update, an alteration, or a mend. Instead of spending money to buy all new clothes, I intend to use the selection of clothes I have already at my disposal to create a wardrobe that is one-of-a-kind, classy, and (most importantly) age appropriate.