What is left of your pre YLF wardrobe?

Hi Fabbers,

I was scrolling through outfit photos on my laptop yesterday afternoon and I was struck by the fact that so many of the garments are no longer in my wardrobe!

Even things that I bought after finding YLF have already "left the building" lol.
Clearly experimenting and trying different styles in order to "find my style" factors heavily in this process, but even so I was surprised at just how much has been moved on.

Interestingly, when I arrived here (3 years and 2 months ago), my wardrobe was very black heavy. I added pattern and colour, and flirted with "trends", and revisited a more modern classic work style that I had moved on from when I left the corporate sector. I had immense fun doing this but found I wasn't fully "relating" to my outfits. Hence I made the slow return to black, but instead of just "randomly" buying everything in black, I discovered I had learnt how to plan my wardrobe and consider elements other than just the colour ie, fabric, texture, wearability and quality.

I became clear on my style persona and for the first time could articulate what I was aiming for. Adding light grey, white and blues to my wardrobe have been carefully considered choices, and I am pleased to say that mistake purchases are *almost* a thing of the past:).

In some ways I see my style having come full circle yet it's not the same! It is more honed, more intentional and much more fulfilling and makes me happy in a way that my old wardrobe never did.

I suspect I am not the only one to have this experience.

Do you have much left of your pre YLF wardrobe?

Is your style completely revamped, or is it simply a "better" version of what you have always been drawn to.

xxxDeborah

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46 Comments

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Pre-YLF is a pretty distant memory for me Deborah - thank goodness Greg suggested starting a blog to Angie is all I can say. I have definitely gone through waves of evolution but still have pieces from some earlier waves - but I can't think of anything older than YLF right now.

  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    What a timely question. Last night I was packing some more and thought even more "why is this still taking up my wardrobe space and - worse - my mental space??" I also had a look through my old posts and WIWs and all I can say is I HAD a lot of fun with fashion :-) It's not just experimenting with style though, it also about who I am. I'd like to believe I have changed as person and now know better where I want to steer things. Wardrobe is just one aspect which hopefully reflects that.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Shevia, as I recall you have been here since it's beginnings?

    Ornella, yes I agree, it's not just the development of our wardrobes but as as people:). And it's awesome to be sharing the journey.

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    Good question! 
    Luckily I have kept some prized pieces that I was never wearnig (such was my plague before YLF); I find that now I am wearing them, and a lot, in previously unexpected ways. 

    There isn't much remaining: two pairs of jeans, some sportier tops. 

    Shoes are what is most changed. 

  • MRL replied 6 years ago

    I have been on about a year and a half. I still have several pre YLF items, but they are the pieces that fit well, flatter me and project my style. I have bought far few "mistake" items since being on YLF.

  • rute replied 6 years ago

    Before YLF I had more weight, I start to lost after joining YLF, it was a new stage of my life. More health, more love for myself. So nothing remain because all the clothes were so baggy that I opted for donation

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Let me see...I have one studded off white belt, one pair of bone pointy toe slingbacks, one silk floaty cocktail dress...I think that's it! The purge was my middle name for my 4 years here - and like you I purged quite a bit what I bought while being already on YLF!
    I definitely had fun with fashion over these 4 years and I also agree with Ornella - developing my personality together with my style.

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I don't have much that's pre-YLF. I joined YLF 3.5 years ago.  The amount of things I have from 2011 is less and less.  I have purged many items that didn't work or I grew tired of (I'm looking at you abundant supply of colored skinny jeans from 2011 and 2012).  

    I think my style is constantly evolving because I love incorporating trends into my outfits.  I am at peace with the fact that I turn over my wardrobe frequently.  Some items I am hard on so there is actually a need to re-purchase more frequently.  Shoes, especially.  

    I don't think my style is as finely tuned as yours Deborah.  But, I have constraints (work) that keep me from fully expressing my style.  And it is my choice to keep myself in a fairly strict work dress code, for functional and image reasons.  

    I still have the problem of 80% of my fashion dollars going to 20% of my activity and time.  I posted about this 2 years ago, and it's still an issue for me.  That's when I realized, this is truly a hobby for me that I am passionate about.  The 80% of the time when I am either in super casual, my version of loungewear outfits or workwear, funds the 20% when I can express my style.  

    Not sure how cohesive these thoughts are … insomnia, it's 4:52 am here…
    :-)

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Denise do you think that having those constraints in some ways makes the outfits and times when you can be fully expressive of your style more enjoyable?

    I get what you are saying. I can certainly be "me" at work style wise, but I still have times where I "tone ot down" in order to conform depending on what the day holds and which office I am in:)

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Deborah - I, like you, don't think my style has changed as much as it's crystalized and become clearer and more honed.  YLF has been good and bad for my pocketbook.  At first, I wanted to try things that look great on everyone and that was a bit of a disaster.  Button downs, wovens, I went a bit mad.  Then one day I woke up and I realized that the real magic of YLF is that it empowered me to push away "fashion" and embrace "personal style."  I purged all colors other than black/gray with a bit of white and cream.  I concentrated on texture, silhouette, minimalisism, sharp tailoring,  fit, flexibility and balance.  I upgraded the boot/bootie capsule.  I am still working on streamlining, cohesion, flexibility and being better prepared for all "occasions" but I feel closer to that goal.  I do not have any natural talent or a great artistic eye so I find this challenging.  But I feel like I'm on the right road!!

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    When I came to YLF, I had lost weight and my clothes were too large. I can only think of a couple of pieces that I still have...a silk tee with a sunflower pattern that is now fashionably oversized and some silk EF pants that I plan to take to a tailor when I find one I trust.
    As far as my style, it is far more varied and less frumpy. PreYLF I owned no jeans and wore dresses and skirts way too long for me. I had almost no prints after a flirtation with chaotically mixed Carole Little print items. YLF has definitely opened my eyes to new possibilities and I've had a lot of fun exploring them.

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    I've been here over three and a half years and I think the only pieces I have that are pre-YLF are some sentimental ones and some bags... I think the rest has been replaced completely, sometimes more than once. That said, I only had a small wardrobe to start with, inexpensive clothes that wore out fast and I gained and lost a bit of weight in the meantime. I need to replace a lot of my current items again, so I'm thinking of doing the whole planning for a minimal wardrobe thing going forward. I do want to start working towards a less casual wardrobe, because I feel like there has to be some change when I'm (hopefully) finished with my studies next year. I'm still practical at heart so I'm not sure yet how that is supposed to look like.

  • anne replied 6 years ago

    Not much! But then I have been following Angie's blog since 2006 I think. Just my charcoal suit and a couple of dresses. Plus my tartan A - line mini dress from 1994 that I worn with leggings as a tunic a few years ago but haven't worn for some years though still in the main wardrobe.

  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Right now, most of it is all pre-YLF except for my shoes. Now granted, that is because I am back in my maternity clothes.

    I started reading Angie's blog the summer of 2012 and joined at the end of the summer. DD was still very small and I was trying to figure out a post baby body but still nursing body. A lot of changes continued to come, especially now.

    I feel like my first year or so I started trying new things - especially skirts and dresses. I was reminded how much they like my shape, but also, how hard they are to wear in my climate! With how cold this past winter was, combined with family planning issues, I found myself unwilling to deal with complex outfits and returning to a pre-YLF uniform but with more intention.

    After DD2 is born, I suspect I will continue down this path for sometime. Comfort and ease will be paramount, but hopefully done with intention and maybe, just maybe, a dash of style.

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    I've only been here for about six months, and I didn't have a huge wardrobe before, AND I have always been a big purger so my wardrobe was pretty clean of big mistakes ... so I still actually have a lot of it.

    YLF did help me get rid of some things I held onto that really were outdated but still fit and looked "pretty good." Those were the hardest things for me to be ruthless about.

    But by far the biggest change has really been in what I have added -- or not added -- since joining YLF.

  • missvee replied 6 years ago

    Oh good questions Deborah. I've followed the site for a couple of years now and while my style probably hasn't changed all that much,YLF has had some major effects -
    Buying for the life I have - this has meant spending the majority of clothing dollars on smart casual clothes.
    Creating capsules - I play a couple of sports and this concept is perfect.
    Buying mindfully - here I mean looking at a potential purchase and saying how will this fit in to my existing wardrobe, do I need another (fill in the blank). Before YLF I would see a nice top for example, and say oh that's a nice top, I like nice tops, I think I'll buy that nice top :-). That's an oversimplification, but you get the drift.
    Remixing existing clothes - the blog posts on ensembles are great inspiration.
    Trying new colours - I discovered that I love blush. Who knew?

    Overall I'd say my wardrobe is significantly smaller than it was pre YLF but it's also way more cohesive.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    I've only been here a year and a half, and most of my pre-YLF wardrobe is gone too.  But I'm also noting just what you said.   Before YLF, my style was super duper casual - mostly grubby and slobby to be honest.  I wanted to improve the way I portrayed myself, and I figured that meant dressing up.  But I had no idea how to pull that off either.  After learning how to be more polished (a bit), and dressing a little less casual for a while, I've returned to my really quite casual beginnings. It's just what works best for my lifestyle.  I still wish I was better at polishing-up when I wanted to, and I'll keep working on both the super casual and the slightly less casual aspects of my style for years, I'm guessing. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Great question Deb and very interesting discussion.

    I don't think I have anything from my pre YLF days - maybe socks? Almost everything I purchased pre YLF was of poor quality and that is something I just will not tolerate anymore.

    My style has changed a lot since joining YLF. Like you, I have done more than more share of experimentation. When I started and shortly thereafter, I was very much into retro pieces and looks. I will always have a special place in my heart for that but I don't see myself going back to that overall vibe.

    Now with my foray into comfort and restrained drape/volume, I feel like I've found my style home. I'm not only physically comfortable. I'm emotionally comfortable in this style.

    Like you, black was a large part of my wardrobe and I did move away from it a fair bit in my earlier YLF days. But I am moving back towards it. To me, it is not a fall back option, a safe choice. It is a deliberate style choice. I think I look good in black thanks to my coloring. But I now choose black items with better quality, nice lines or sharp fit, textural interest, great shape, etc. I've already decided my fall/winter wardrobe this coming season will focus on black, grey, white (I do want to add winter white), and burgundy.

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    I don't own anything from pre-YLF anymore.  Everything has been purged.  I've also purchased and purged quite a bit during my time at YLF.  Lately I've been focusing on less choices of colors, but I still have lots of patterns.  My outfits are easier for me to create, and my closet doesn't overwhelm with with a color overload.  That's the biggest change since joining YLF, my closet has slowly become more organized and full of purpose.

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    Deborah, you clearly explained what has been going around my head lately.
    Since I joined YLF I played with trends and colors(still do ) but in the end i just rediscovered my own preferences in a smarter way.
    When I start buying clothes for the new job I realized that I was buying what could be constructed as the' same old' stuff that I had years ago. But looking closely I can see that small and important details have changed.
    (I had to purge almost everything after I had DD because of changing body/changing countries)
    In the end I am more happy to be me, and more confident to.

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    I've also been here just a bit over 3.5 years, like some other responders.  I have plenty still that was pre YLF, maybe 20% of my wardrobe and shoes?  
    But I also purged a LOT. 
    I never bought in terms of cohesive outfits or wardrobe before YLF.  It was just on a piece by piece basis, unless I was trying to find a specific grey sweater to match a print tank, etc.  I also would just buy as much as I could as cheap as I could.  More was better.  So, how I shop has changed the most.  
    As to what I buy, I have come full circle a little bit in that I re embraced shorter shorts after ditching them as being too young.  Well, once I found the sweet spot of short but not too short, it was fine.  I also came back around to maxis, not that I ever left them.  
    One thing I regret is purging all my hoodies and flip flops.  Sure, they aren't high style, but if your life is super casual, there can be a place for them I believe.  That is an example of my period where I took advice as gospel instead of what worked for me and my own lifestyle.  

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Deborah, I relate to a lot of what you said, about your style coming full circle.

    I've been here about the same amount of time as Denise -- 3.5 years. I discovered YLF around the same time I was starting to experience a shift in my life. It wasn't obvious at the time, but it is now in retrospect. I was just starting to get way more active and experienced some body changes, but I was also starting to shift in the way I saw and treated myself. This has manifested itself in a lot of ways, and style is one, albeit one of the more outwardly visible (I hesitate to say "superficial") ways. I don't say superficial because that implies that the change is all on the outside.

    But as it applies to the state of my wardrobe... I still have a number of things from pre-YLF. Coats and jackets are the most obvious. Old too-big jeans that are now cut-off BF shorts. Some of my more infrequently-worn but still classic or trend-defying footwear (cowboy boots, Fluevogs). A couple of handbags. Classic button-front shirts and silk blouses, and a couple of pairs of classic wide-leg trousers. Some sweaters and even t-shirts, although the remaining ones are slowly being demoted down and out as they are getting either worn out or are looking less than current. Oh, but my favorite argyle sweater is pre-YLF and it still looks great. I'm glad I hung onto it after I lost weight, because it went from fitted to fluid, so it still works for a modern classic. :-)

    But I think we all know by now that I am a fairly conservative purger, and I'm not a wardrobe minimalist. I try to assess something on the basis of whether I love it and it's still useful to me, rather than how long it's been in my closet.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Deborah, I joined just after you did -- in May, 2011! 

    And what a ride it has been. 

    I arrived with honestly very little in my closet. I had just lost a lot of weight. What I did own was almost entirely bought at thrift or consignment. I knew I would need a period of experimentation to figure out my style and I did not have a lot of money to do that! 

    I'd always defaulted to "classic" but feared that classic equalled boring and dull. I tended to wear a lot of blues because I knew I looked good in blue -- but feared that was a bit tame. I tended to wear jackets with jeans and boots because it fit my climate and lifestyle -- but wasn't sure of fit or proportion and often got that wrong. I had always loved an androgynous look, and had always loved short hair -- but had grown my hair for a more "feminine" appearance for a while. 

    So I experimented for a while with draping, arty looks, retro, even some steampunk elements! I continued to buy at thrift and consignment for about a year because I had a very small income. 

    Then I got better paid work and began to build my wardrobe more mindfully. Even so, I made a ton of mistakes! I bought and purged, bought and purged. It seemed there wasn't any other way for me; I just have to learn from experience. 

    At long last, I'd say I'm pretty close to having an excellent working closet, one that works for my life and expresses who I am. And-- lo and behold -- like you, I find that I have pretty much come full circle. Back to classic -- but with a heavy dose of "modern" and "minimal" added to make it feel current and fresh. Back to my blues, because they really do suit me! Back to jackets and jeans with boots. Back to my short hair. 

    I own almost nothing that I had, pre-YLF. One dressy skirt, that I had altered after my weight loss. One simple black jersey dress that was a gift from a friend. 

    But I fully expect to own a lot of the items in my current closet in 3 years' time. The quality is higher, the happiness factor is higher, and I have many items now that you'd have to pry from my cold, dead hands to get away from me. :) 

  • Deb replied 6 years ago

    A good question Deborah.
    I've only read YLF over the past year. Converse to most of the other respondents, I haven't changed that much at all. Angie has certainly taught me a thing or two, but generally I had already been educated over the years on suitable colours and styles that work for me, and I choose not to be a fashion slave, but rather a stylish woman. I was brought up to dress and present well and that has stayed with me. ( I had a French grandmother, and a half - French mother so I guess it is in the blood ). My wardrobe is modern classic and I always think carefully before I purchase wardrobe items, particularly since I like higher end clothes, shoes and bags, thus I avoid wasting time and money on the wrong selections. It is great that YLF has helped so many women who aren't as sure of their style. I hope YLF continues to help us all evolve in that part of our lives.

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    Interesting thread! I've been doing YLF for about a year. I have maybe ten items left from my old wardrobe, but several of those will be consigned come fall. I did consign several pieces of my old wardrobe (plus a few mistakes in purchasing for my new wardrobe) this summer. 

    Of the pieces that I have left, three or four of them I am keeping simply because they are very useful and practical, and I haven't found suitable replacements yet. They are what Rachylou calls "hated but useful."

    If I were able to find replacements for the "hated but useful" items, I would probably keep only two or three of the items from my old closet.

  • merwoman replied 6 years ago

    Purging my closet last week,'your' question ran through my head. I don't think there is anything left from pre-YLF, (aside from a few 'sentimental' pieces) and I've been a member for just over 3 years. In fact, at this point in time there is barely any 'early' YLF as I have gone through transitions  and experimentations in discovering 'my' style. No aspect has been untouched - bras/undies/socks/scarves/belts/shirts/sweaters/pants/footwear etc......
    Not only has my style evolved, but also my eye has become extremely critical of fit and drape.

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 6 years ago

    I read Angie's blog for a while before joining, but according to my profile I joined 3 years and 12 months ago (some people call that 4 years, what the hey). I don't have a ton left from pre YLF days - a few winter coats, a pair of boots I've had since college, a couple of special occasion dresses. Most of my shoes have cycled out due to general wear, and my biggest clothing purge was 18 months to a year ago when I lost 30 pounds and got rid of 95% of my too big items.

    Interesting in context of Anne's thread about CPW and wearing stuff out - a lot of us have been here 3-4 years and don't have much left from those days, either because they wore out or we culled them for style reasons.

  • Cerinda replied 6 years ago

    Echoing all of you above; almost two years lurking here.

    YLF encouraged me to return to my roots.  My mother was in the fashion business, and until I was 30, I wore mostly her hand-me-downs -- lucky, lucky me!  I was spoiled by exposure to quality.  When I couldn't afford clothes, I simply did without and waited for her closet purges.

    I had a 20 year love affair with cheap and trendy.  My first exposure to YLF intensified my needless acquisitiveness, but I am happy to say further exposure has inoculated me against that particular illness.

    YLF reassured me that it is perfectly alright and entirely possible

    • to have a small wardrobe, a casual and lifestyle-approppriate wardrobe 
    • to buy the highest quality, and stay on budget
    • to choose my clothing for comfort, fabric, line, and drape instead of trend value

    And Angie's blog and the forum are invaluable in my trying to learn to concentrate the trend  in accessories and basics with low CPW.  

    Roots or no roots, I want to look like me, not my mother!

    ETA:  All that remains of my pre-YLF wardrobe are either top-quality (some EF pieces in regular rotation from 13 years ago), vintage (largely packed away in tissue paper, some accessories still in rotation), or just too sentimental to part with (also in the storage closet).  But I do have piles of beautiful cotton shirts in a holding zone because they are so not me not now.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    What a fantastic question, Deb (!) I have to go have a rummage...

    ETA: Back from perusing pics. I think all my work trousers and knit tops are pretty much switched out. Also, this sweater I keep hanging on to and one more of those designer dresses I was yammering about... They're out now as of this review. Lolol. Straight to the curb.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    I can only think of one pre-YLF item that is still in use -- a houndstooth coat I bought at Macy's on 34th Street about 7 years ago.  Other than that, everything else is new.

    I came to YLF in late 2010, when I was nearing the end of a major weight loss.  I eventually had to replace every. single. thing. in my wardrobe, from the undies out and from the shoes up.  I went pretty crazy for the first couple of years and made a lot of mistakes, but this year I think I have finally settled in to a style that feels comfortable, at least for now.  And I feel like I am largely off the buy-buy-buy merry-go-round.  At least for the moment!

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    After almost five years as a forum member, and a year before that as a lurker, I'd have to say that YLF has helped me evolve rather than change. True, there isn't anything left from six years ago in my current wardrobe, but that is as much from transitioning into retirement and dealing with a 30 lb. weight loss as much as any YLF influence.

    What YLF did do for me was make me feel more confident in my choices because I knew how to update and refine my long-time favorites. I frequently get told that I don't look like a 65-year-old woman when I go for my annual checkups--most times the staff keep checking the birthday on my chart asking if the information is correct. It's flattering, I suppose, but I also think it has a great deal to do with the fact that I don't dress like many of my peers--and, for that, I have to thank Angie and YLF!

  • ironkurtin replied 6 years ago

    Some winter coats and knee-high boots, plus all my vintage Helmut Lang stuff.

  • shedev replied 6 years ago

    I joined in spring 2012. I was taking care of my dad across the state so I was really just a lurker for the first 6 months or so. I have maybe 20% pre YLF. Most of it will likely be culled at the end of the year. I'm still working on what is the right size wardrobe for me.

  • DonnaF replied 6 years ago

    I would say my pre-YLF wardrobe comprises maybe 10% of what I have now, and maybe should be 5%.  Most of my pre-YLF wardrobe was, ummmm,  a decade or more old.  I don't wear bodycon styles and my weight doesn't fluctuate all that much, so I hadn't been *forced* to get rid of stuff over the years.  And since I don't wear flimsy knits, not too much was worn out.  [The frugal part of my upbringing makes it hard to purge *perfectly good* items.]  Talk about looking frumpy!!!!  So all that stuff is now purged, and I dress differently enough now that I get comments at church.all.the.time.  I thinks it is mostly just more interesting color combos, pattern mixing, and I am letting my inner magpie come out.

  • karymk replied 6 years ago

    Hmmm. Great question Deborah.  I have pretty much the same wardrobe, mabye not the same exact pieces, but newer versions of them).Since YLF, though I tend to wear belts more and have put a lot of costumey jewelry in a box under my bed for now.  Over the last eight months on YLF I have put away my more "kitschy" things leaving good neutral basics in the prime real estate of my wardrobe room. 

    I don't think being here has really influenced my wardrobe all that much, I come mostly for the camaraderie with women who have the same obsession with clothes as I do.  

    I get ideas from the way Angie and you all wear things, but my style hasn't changed markedly.  

  • replied 6 years ago

    Deborah, what a good thread! I can honestly say that after 3 years (next month), I don't have a single, solitary item of clothing left from before YLF. Unless you count good jewelry and my mom's wedding dress. I even sold some of my good jewelry that wasn't quite right! 

    I can SO relate to your story of coming full circle, but better. Maybe it's coming full spiral, since I've heard we learn in spirals. The pre-YLF me would have loved the wardrobe I have now, if only she would have known how to acquire it! I have so much to thank Angie and the forum members for.

    True, I did have a time period here where I was game to try almost anything as long as there wasn't too great of an investment required. I feel like that freedom was so necessary and joyful for me. I felt completely safe to experiment here and was never made to feel embarrassed for my many outfit fails. In the end, I have the same style loves as when I started, but my clothes are so much nicer and I've learned how to better work with the natural lines of my body and the texture of my hair.

    Something that's been rattling around in my head a lot lately is, "that which makes me different makes me special". I don't know who said that, but I'm sure I didn't come up with it on my own. I'm still a Classic, but I'm not trying to look exactly like any other Classic, IYKWIM. I think that's the biggest difference since I joined YLF. I'm still me, just hopefully better, as I'm learning to appreciate what makes me unique instead of trying to sweep it under the rug! Whoops, I think I may have derailed a bit. Sorry!

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    Nodding along here too!
    The only pieces I have from pre YLF are the type of things I have also come back to- a good quality classic pair of black knee-high boots, a couple of over- coats and a (blue) linen long-sleeved top.
    With LOTS of experimental not so 'me' outfits in between!
    Maybe a few less items overall, but way more choices because everything is actually being worn or it doesn't stay.

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    I think the only thing that remains from my pre-YLF days are my lounge and workout clothes. And maybe a couple of pairs of shoes. Everything else has slowly moved out when YLF helped me realize that what I thought was my style and what I actually wore. :)

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    I've been around about five months?  I'd say half my wardrobe is pre-YLF.   I can foresee some more purging  as I think I currently have too many clothes and am doing a fair bit of stylistic experimentation.  

    One  thing that has happened like krishnidoux mentions is that previously loved but unworn clothes are getting worn more as they now fit into outfits and I can dress them up and down.

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    Wow, pre-YLF. That's crazy! I've been working on honing my style prior to joining YLF 3+ years ago but haven't been truly active until April this year. Only TWO pre-YLF items for me: a black wool high neck assymetrical coat (it's soooo me. Had it for 4 years now) and my Gap jean jacket, which know I will wear to threads as I did it's predecessor (purchased 2005, fell apart 2010). Gap jean jackets are just magical on me so I'll keep buying them and wearing them for years!

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    I have been here nearly two years. I still have a fair amount of pre-YLF clothing & accessories. They fall into three groups:
    the classics like my trench, boots/shoes & designer bags
    the avant garde, coats (winter & summer), jackets & footwear & 2 dresses
    & evening coats & dresses.

    I have very little in the way of casual clothes that are pre-YLF, a cashmere hoodie & mmmm not sure if there is anything else.

    This is really interesting Deborah because it was my frustration with my casual clothes that brought me here :) I love my casual clothes now. 

  • ironkurtin replied 6 years ago

    Chiming back in...

    You know, it's funny, but after being on YLF I've gone BACK to black.  I realized I really like it and it's part of what I wear, and I embraced it.

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    What a great post :)
    YLF has allowed me to "be me"
    I've always loved black and have always had a lot in my wardrobe but tried colour because I felt I had to "peer pressure at my age" ?????
    I also got a little excited at seeing how wonderful others look in colour, so tried again.
    But......I don't have to......I can wear whatever I like......and I like black :)
    My wardrobe has just been through a huge upheaval and is now quite small.
    I was ruthless, if I haven't worn it and had no emotional attachment to it, then it was sent off to find a new loving owner and assist a charity.
    I now have a small "collection" of mostly Metalicus in black, grey and white that I wear daily.
    I am loving what I have and am looking forward to adding only special pieces.
    Like Shannon, comfort is top priority and I love drape and interesting cuts.
    No ironing needing and I'm sold :)
    So 3 cheers for YLF.......Angie is such an enabler :)

  • Sterling replied 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful question.  My wardrobe turned over completely in 2009 and 2012.  The 2009 turnover was not in response to YLF.  Rather I lost 30 pounds and my previous wardrobe no longer fit.  I was of the belief that if I kept those "fat clothes" I was essentially saying to the universe that I might regain the weight so out they went.  No regrets.

    The 2012 turnover was a bit more subtle.  I was no much more comfortable with my body and wanted to inject more personal style into my wardrobe.  Additionally, some of the work duties changed, requiring me to dress more formally.  This required retooling things a bit.  The 2012 turnover replaced older items and added in newer needed items.  

    Since then I have merely been fine tuning.  
      

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Wow, loving reading about everyone's "journey". I am sorry I haven't read all comments yet but will be back. Been to Melbourne and back today and so tired I need to jump into bed but will come back tomorrow and catch up. Some really interesting insights!

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    After 2+ years.... only some boots and some high-quality old cashmere. Plus coats. Not sure what I wore before... tees that were not fluid, straight leg dress pants, boot cut jeans. Little cotton cardis.

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