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no brainer wardrobe :: day 5 for all women

Celebrating How We Are Different

I am passionate about women.  I love the creativity of women.  I love that women are relational and full-hearted.  I love that we are all different with diverse things to offer up.  I love that some of us are tall and some of us are short–some blonde and some ginger locked.  I think the things that make us different are the things that make us beautiful.

Please don’t think that this series is exclusively for people who wear a size 4, have a large expendable budget, are 25 years old, or who feel 100% amazing about themselves.  These posts are for every sized woman.  The tips I give should not have to cost a billion dollars.  And, now is the perfect time to make your wardrobe work for you…not when you feel finally feel beautiful enough to deserve it.

You can feel good about your clothes in the body you live in today.  You may still lament those extra pounds from carrying your beautiful babies (or eating not as well as you should).  Your outfit will not change your heart or body.  However, your clothes can improve your outlook and attitude.

How We Will Handle Our Differences

In this series, it does not matter your size.  When we look at inspiration, take the pieces that will work for you.  If that stumps you, I will show you how in a future post.

When you look at an outfit, remember the pieces can come at all price points.  In future outfit posts, I will show options at various prices.  I will also have a post devoted completely to thrifting stylish pieces and hosting a clothing swap with friends.

We will look at taking an outfit and making it appropriate for women of all ages.  A 20 year old woman and a 60 year old woman can adapt trends to fit their unique life stage.

If you don’t feel great about your body, just remember that there are ways to dress that will make you feel more put together.  However, your heart is a so precious that you should take time to sort out why you are unhappy.  If you can change it, why not try?  If you cannot change it, then know that you are so valuable the way you are.

Action Items for Day 5

*Check out my new Pinterest board that features outfit inspiration that may feel more representative of the lady population as a whole.  :)

*Trust that you will learn something in this series.  If you have other questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments or email me.  I want to make sure that I have ideas for everyone.

Previous posts in 31 Days to a No Brainer Wardrobe: day 1 a manifesto, day 2 the plan, day 3 defining your style, and day 4 picking out pieces.

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  • Reply Anna October 5, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Where online do you look for images for your pin boards? I find spending ages online puts my eyes in a spin…!
    Do you take cuttings from magazines as well?
    Also, do you know polyvore.com? I haven’t used it but it looks fun…

    • Reply Tiny Twig October 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I look at clothing sites i frequent (like Old Navy, Gap, etc.) and then I’ll also search in the search bar for particular outfits. I also follow a lot of people who have style boards, so they show up in my feed a lot. :)

  • Reply mary October 5, 2011 at 5:59 am


    • Reply Tiny Twig October 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

      oh yes–that is truth right there. when media and culture and photoshop dictate our value, it will be very low indeed.

  • Reply Pidge October 5, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I am loving everything about this series! thank you :)

  • Reply Laura October 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

    You are awesome! That’s all ;)

  • Reply Abbie October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m loving this series so far. Thanks for the reminder that every woman is beautiful TODAY!

  • Reply Janice October 5, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wholeheartedly agree, And I’m a size 16 grandma :) but I want to dress fashionably.
    Hey, how do you all get your photo on your comment? I like actually seeing who is commenting. Makes it personal.

  • Reply Brianna October 5, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hey don’t forget us pregnant ladies (if you get time in the series)! I get so tired of wearing a sack and/or garbage bag pants., but I don’t want to spend a fortune on things I will only wear 3-4 months.

    • Reply Tiny Twig October 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

      oh! great idea!

    • Reply Traci October 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I agree on the pregnancy wardrobe. although I had a baby 5 months ago, I’m still in the transition stage. And the nursing stage which can be frustrating and limiting. any thoughts on those? I would love to wear more dresses but find it impractical while nursing.

  • Reply chloe October 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

    A great resource is NIcole at Making It Lovely. She (I think monthly) puts together a “look” that she’s loving, and she is not a stick-straight size 0. She and I don’t have the same body type, but her pieces always are inspirational to me!

    • Reply Tiny Twig October 5, 2011 at 11:24 am

      I think she’s great! Her style is a little quirkier than I normally dress, but I always know I can look to it for inspiration and “classic” it up a bit.

  • Reply Laura October 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    This is a great post! I am not thin, but I was up until I was 25. I really struggle with weight now. I have found that it has more to do with how I feel than food. When I am miserable I eat- and it seems I am miserable all the time.. I am working on changing how I feel about myself. As I have worked through it all ( I am using Self Matters by Phil McGraw because I can’t afford therapy!) I have really begun to understand just why I feel so miserable. It has given me the strength to change my eating habits (it has only been a week, but I’m doing better than I ever have before). If you don’t like yourself, or something about yourself, it is important to change it or learn to like it/get over it. It makes all the difference in the world!

  • Reply Cat Moore October 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Hi! I’m stopping by and I’m a fellow 31 Day-er! LOVE, love, love your blog! IT’s so cool and its going to be a new daily stop for me adn I’m sure I’ll be addicted in no time. Love this little series and I look forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing your Pinterest link,, too. Such a cool idea, this little series. I love your blog design, too! WHo did it?
    xoxo, cat

  • Reply vikki October 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Now you need to put together a Pinterest site for ladies over 40. Or even 50. Thanks I am loving this.

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  • Reply Jill October 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I continue to LOVE this wardrobe adventure! i can’t wait to go through my clothes and simplify!

  • Reply Aimee October 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    This is a fabulous reminder!!

    I’ve worked very hard to get my body to where it is today, but I still have a ways to go. Thank you for the reminder that I can still dress stylishly this autumn while i work towards my final body (hopefully coming next spring!).

  • Reply shawna [of styleberryBLOG] October 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hey Hayley! I know we’ve never e-met, but I love your new site & just wanted to say hi. :) I love this series idea & can’t wait to see what you do with it!!

    • Reply Tiny Twig October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      So good to connect, Shawna!

  • Reply Annie October 6, 2011 at 12:33 am

    “And, now is the perfect time to make your wardrobe work for you…not when you feel finally feel beautiful enough to deserve it.”

    Amen. We’re all beautiful, in very different and unique ways, and we should have a wardrobe that reflects that.

  • Reply Jill October 6, 2011 at 12:43 am

    A Friend’s Post on Facebook a few days ago:

    “A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

    The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

    “Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great t…enderness.
    They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
    They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

    Mermaids do not exist.

    But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
    They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
    Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
    And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

    Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

    At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

    We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
    We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
    Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “

  • Reply Kate October 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    just stumbled upon this board on pinterest. lots of great examples of attractive, intentional outfits on “real” women.

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