For most of my life, I adored clothing, and was very confident and creative in my style. Enter midlife and other life changes and lost that part of me. I've gained a lot of weight over the last few years and it has become incredibly challenging to find clothing that fits. I carry a disproportionate amount of weight in my waist, meaning that once something fits around my middle, it is usually way too large everywhere else. On top of that, I'm very limited in my footwear options. Pretty pointy toed boots and even small heels are off limits for my cranky feet. Shopping is not fun. Dressing is not fun.

As a result, I've been hiding in head to toe black for a very long time -- ponte pants, turtleneck, topper and black Blundstones. A practical and easy uniform, but not very exciting.

I've started to slowly drop some f the weight and Have decided it is time to at least try to get some style and variety back into my wardrobe. So I've been dragging items home to test.

1. Windowpane ankle length pants from Winners, (similar in finds) Nine West topper with waterfall collar, tropical print scarf and while Doc Martens. The pants seem a little long to me and they don't feel as "hip" as I had hoped. The tag on the boots seems to catch the hem, too.
2. BR wid leg ponte fabric pant with camel topper and Ecco oxfords.
3. BR wide leg ponte fabric pant and camel topper with yellow Doc Martens. Tied together with a snake print scarf that mixes black, camel and mustard. Similar scarf in finds. I love these pants, but need to make long over wide work because I don't have a waist.
4. Swapped the camel topper for the black one from #1. Scarf mixes fabulous shades of teal and green and includes enough yellow that I think it works with the Docs.
5. My current comfort zone. Black on black. Added white docs to break up the black.
6. Back to the windowpane checked pants. This time with the Ecco oxfords. Added a long taupe cardigan and a soft scarf in taupe and black with a bit of lovely muted blue.
7. My "uniform" sans boots. Long over skinny works for me because my middle is so thick. And I do like it. But I need options.
I don't know how to dress this body or these feet. Does any of this work? Am I crazy to consider wearing the Docs to the office? Gaah!

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