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Old 11-02-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Check out PyramidCollection.com. Being the hippie type, I love their clothing. They have a varied selection of styles and they also carry "Goddess " sizes.
Yes, I am a hippie type at times too. I find some of this stuff very feminine and pretty.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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PyramidCollection.com
A somewhat friend showed me this site years ago. It is very witchy ^_^

I recommend Sundance, not witchy, but there is this free spirit feeling to them. Bought a couple of items for my wife and they are quality.

http://www.sundancecatalog.com/
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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You are a put-on,yes? You are querying us in a laughable fashion, yes? Is THIS what 20 years in Branson has done to you?
Could I ask you if there's anyone left there at home to help you wipe? Are you testosteron-ally starved, callng out to "dear guys"?
Hello, is this America?- If, by truth trial, you are found to be that honest reflection of your profile, I laud you for your twenty years in,
ANYTHING.
I have no idea what point you are trying to make, Eddie. Just because my style is different from yours that makes me inferior mentally and emotionally? I think not.

I take back the nice things I said about you in the technology forum.

Not everyone is trying to IMPRESS everyone 24/7, dear. Some of us have more important things to do with our lives.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Just went to the Chico's link posted by a previous poster.....these looks all look nice and put together. Pair them with pants that fit well (not tight, not baggy) and nice shoes or boots. Professional, not a suit.


Those are very nice pictures. I could never handle all that crap hanging around my neck though. It would get caught on EVERYTHING. I am convinced that people who look like this never actually DO anything except stand around and look pretty. It is NOT very practical for an active person.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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What exactly are you doing on these sales calls that "all that crap" hanging around your neck would get caught on everything? That is pretty typical professional work wear for women.

At this point it's become obvious that you aren't really looking for suggestions or opinions. What you want is for someone to tell you it's fine to wear loose fitting jeans and a sweater on sales calls (with fashion conscious people no less) and expect that people will treat you professionally. Hey..as long as you feel nice and comfy that's all that matters....Wear whatever you want. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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Just went to the Chico's link posted by a previous poster.....these looks all look nice and put together. Pair them with pants that fit well (not tight, not baggy) and nice shoes or boots. Professional, not a suit.


These look so nice, comfortable yet professional. I was reading this thread to get some ideas for myself for re-entry into the business world.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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I have to say that all the posters have given some excellant advice to the op. Yet is seems that the op has no desire to dress professionally or appropriately.I lived in Branson and in the Ozarks and believe me the professional people do not dress as though they are set to go to a hippie event. I would say the op would be better suited in an extremely casual job rather than a professional setting. I do understand being comfortable and at ease with your dress but there are some excellent ideas out there that not only would achieve comfort but look very well put together and you can tailor them to your own taste and needs. For example you do not have to wear all the jewelry that is featured you can wear it or not as I stated tailor it to your own comfort. Please I beg of you do not go to your job looking like a lumber jack or you could face embarassment if your employer decides he/she does not like the way you dress. Remember you are representing the company.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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I understand the OP problem, I have a very professional job, but have to work hard...so wearing a fancy suit, with high heels is not going to work for me. I can't wear jeans, I work in the medical field, not okay...maybe in Montana, but not on the East Coast. My "compromise" has been NYDJ, they make them in brown, black, green all different colors, very nice looking pants. I wear a nice top, even a long black tee shirt from Old Navy looks pretty good with a long sweater jacket over it, with a big pearl necklace. I wear comfortable shoes, usually Clarks. So, I look "put together", work hard, and am comfy, and I don't spend tons of money on clothes either.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I keep thinking about this thread.....and it bugs me. I totally understand being conflicted in what you prefer to wear and are used to wearing and understanding you need to make changes. Perhaps the OP doesn't really get what she's said.....



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I am an overweight, middle aged lady with a very young spirit. Soon I will be in a position where I will be meeting with and talking to people who are fashion conscious.

Up until now, my "style" has been blue jeans and t-shirts, but this is not going to help me be successful in the "market". So I am going to have to adopt a more striking fashion style.


I will be talking to models, photographers, business people, sales people. And I have to have a look that will make them take me seriously.
Here you clearly understand that jeans are not appropriate for what you will be doing and the people you will be meeting with. If your position is "sales" then appearance is extremely important. If your position is bookkeeper/accountant/office staff that rarely meets clients, you can get away with more.


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Oh dear you guys. They are all such wonderful answers. But it's just so "not me". I would feel like I was wearing a costume and very unnatural and uncomfortable.

The business I am going into is a pseudo-medical type (ladies spa), so maybe I can get away with wearing a lab coat over a pair of scrubs or something. I just cannot see me in those lovely clothes you describe. I just couldn't do it.

How do you like the idea of nice jeans with leg warmers and nice boots over a sweater? How does that sound? doable? (I will be outside a lot this winter making sales calls.)

20yrsinBranson
OK so now not only are jeans ok (with legwarmers....really?) but you've seriously brought up SCRUBS!...unless your clients are in the hospital preparing for or recovering from surgery or illness, scrubs are not appropriate business wear.

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I think a lot of the problem is my weight. I have always felt that fat people look ridiculous in business suits. I am working on slimming down, but I still need to find something "elegantly casual" to wear until I get to the point where I don't look and feel like the Pillsbury DoughGirl.

20yrsinBranson
Maybe those scrubs can be purchased in cashmere for a more elegantly casual look?

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Those are very nice pictures. I could never handle all that crap hanging around my neck though. It would get caught on EVERYTHING. I am convinced that people who look like this never actually DO anything except stand around and look pretty. It is NOT very practical for an active person.

20yrsinBranson
This is just insulting to women who actually get dressed and go to work and accomplish lots of things all while wearing scarves and jewelry.

****
You need to take an honest look at what you are trying to accomplish. I understand not being happy with your weight right now and how that affects how you feel about clothes. But you can't let that be an excuse for looking sloppy. Suck it up, buy some appropriate clothes and accessories for the job you want to do and do it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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I think it is very to define one self at times, especially if one is used to a particular style and has gotten used to a "signature" look. Also, I have found that dressing can be very regional. Very example, whenever I visit my home community which is very rural, I really feel that I am overdressed, but I don't like to look dowdy which is how I think some of the people in my old community look, very conservative but dowdy. It's not just clothing, it's also about the OP's location.

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