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post #21 of 43
Post picks, and I would weigh in.
post #22 of 43
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Originally Posted by newbymom05 View Post
I don't want to wear a little jacket--I want something nice and long to cover those bulges!!!
To channel Stacy and Clinton from TLC's What Not to Wear... You shouldn't see any bulges if you are wearing clothes that fit properly. Fitted jackets can create the illusion of a nipped in waist and are generally very flattering on most figures. Get pants that flatter your figure so you can show off your curves!!

And definitely avoid anything with shoulder pads!
post #23 of 43
Thread Starter 
Okay, I finally have some pics, although they are not that good and may not be very helpful. I already got rid of the jackets that are sort of loose so these all fit nicely. Some of these are dressier, but I would wear them all to work.

The one of the left is part of a suit with a skirt made of linen. The right one is dark blue wool (suit weight).
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01111.jpg

The green is wool suit weight and the other is herringbone in a course wool.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01110.jpg

These are both herringbone. The left is cotton and the right has a belt and is made of wool.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01108.jpg

The left one is more jacket like and made of cotton. The right is navy wool, suit weight (I think I might have skirt that matches).
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01107.jpg

Left is a nice cotton and the right is some kind of synthetic, but falls very nicely.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01106.jpg

These are both suit weight wool. The off white one matches one skirt I have.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01105.jpg

All opinions are appreciated!
post #24 of 43
Yes, they should go. Even if they are in good shape that cut looks good on almost no one.
post #25 of 43
none of you links are of clothing
post #26 of 43
I think you should hang onto the blazers if they look good on you. They are good classic styles.
Off to post a spin off thread about this!
post #27 of 43
Thread Starter 
Fixed the links. I'm not sure how that happened.
post #28 of 43
Do they fit you?
Do you like how you look in them?

If either answer is "no": donate.

Do you have enough other pants that you do wear regularly?

If "yes": donate.

But, if the pants fit, look good, and you're thinking of getting more pants anyway, then keep 'em and wear them.

As I said in the other thread, I'd never wear pleated pants because they look horrible on me, but I wouldn't have the slightest idea that they weren't "fashionable".

Don't get rid of pants because they're 5 years old. Get rid of pants because you haven't worn them in 5 years.
post #29 of 43
Those are really nice blazers.

If you're going to be going back into the professional world within the next decade or so, keep them. Otherwise, donate to one of those places that helps outfit women for interviews and such. They'll need them more, and you need your closet space.
post #30 of 43
It's possible some of the jackets could be tailored to fit more stylishly. If they are too boxy, darts could be put in. But I don't know that that is economically a good idea unless you can sew and do it yourself. I like the herringbone one in the second picture but that is likely because I'm attracted to textures.
post #31 of 43
I agree that some of the blazers/jackets would probably look nice. If they fit and you feel good in them, then I'd say keep them. You can update your look with accessories.
post #32 of 43
The only ones that really looked good were the last one (on the right, last link) and the course wool herringbone one.

Keep the green jacket-like one only if you use it AS a jacket, and not inside.

The others looked very out-of date, I mean, by about ten years.

People WILL judge you by the clothes you wear, especially in the professional world, and often subconciously. I know even with teaching, they are always singing the praises of the "hip, young" teachers that seem to connect with the kids better (I assume you work with kids), so dressing the part is important. And as an adult working with other adults, your peers will respect you more if you dress congruently with what's in style. This doesn't have to mean buying new clothes ever year. Clothes can last for a few or several years. But I'd say if it's seven years out of style or more, it could endanger your professional reputation.

You really don't need tons of jackets, though. One or two or MAYBE three good ones that you can mix and match. I strongly believe in LESS clothes, but choose and use clothes that work for you now.

P.S. Just because they still sell it, doesn't mean it's in style.
post #33 of 43
I think the zip up wool herringbone in link 1, the Navy wool eddie bauer (link 3?) and the camel wool one on the R in the last link all have potential *depending on the fit*. If they hit at the hip and no longer and you can nip in the waist a little to make them more fitted (alter them) I think those could work. Oh and I'd probably wear them with straight leg jeans, not with anything matching. If they are really long on you though they will look too dated.

Donate the rest!
post #34 of 43
I went to the thrift store to buy work slacks for dh and came home with......





5 pairs of pleated front slacks.
Hopefully, they are less unfashionable for 40 yo men.
post #35 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post
I went to the thrift store to buy work slacks for dh and came home with......





5 pairs of pleated front slacks.
Hopefully, they are less unfashionable for 40 yo men.


I'm going to do a final weeding out today. I have to say, they look really boxy, but they are pretty fitted on. I guess considering I'm not going to be working for a a few more years, I'm going to be brutal and keep just 3 or so. I totally bought into the classic thing when buying, so this really sucks, but I did get a good 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years use out of those clothes.

Thank you everyone for your input.
post #36 of 43
Pleated pants are still fine for men's dress slacks. They are not totally fashion-forward (according to the likes of Stacy and Clinton), but they are not "out" yet, either, lots of guys wear them (my husband included ). Pleated cargo pants or cords are out of style, though. Very Bugle Boy.
post #37 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by LionTigerBear View Post
Pleated...cords are out of style, though. Very Bugle Boy.
I told my husband that last night but he won't get rid of them, claiming his kindergarteners don't care.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by sarasprings View Post
I told my husband that last night but he won't get rid of them, claiming his kindergarteners don't care.
Yeah, probably not so much.
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
I'm down to 4 blazers now, but I found three others and I'd love your opinions. All 3 are wool.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01126.jpg

Also, since you're looking, would you check out this skirt. It's really not my style, but something attracted me to it and I've worn it, but I'm thinking it should go even though I still sort of like it.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01128.jpg

And if you don't mind, I have some shoes I'm unsure about. The second pair I just bought this year, so I hope they don't look dated.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01131.jpg
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01130.jpg

Too fuzzy? I've been getting a pair of fuzzy mules each winter because I don't wear socks in the house and with a little one, I need a mule that will keep my feet warm. I'm wondering if these are too fuzzy, though. (These I can return.)
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01132.jpg

I'm planning on returning one of these pairs of boots, but I'm unsure which one. They are both suppose to be warm and toasty.
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01133.jpg
http://s123.photobucket.com/albums/o...t=DSC01134.jpg

Thank you!
post #40 of 43
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