Versatile Style by Tracey

True Confessions & Self Imposed Challenge

Posted on: August 4, 2015

Today I did the unthinkable for most women…

I took all the items I’ve been purchasing off season for the Fall and 

showed each piece to my husband , explaining why I loved each one. 

Yes, ladies, I exposed my entire haul I’ve been purchasing since about April- May

Now mind you anything I’ve bought for Summer to get me through with this weight gain 

has not been exposed or truly, the man might have fainted..

The good news is he took it all in stride, and didn’t ask for a divorce, lol!  


This wonderful One World top is velour in the bodice and tshirt material for the back and sleeves

My husband loves red and it’s not something I have too much of in my wardrobe.


I was so drawn towards it that I bought it in two colors.

Green was my father’s favorite color and of course I adore it myself!


The story behind this wonderful tunic, is that I have long admired Liz Lange designs, via QVC , but

have resisted due to the higher price points.

When this tunic showed up on clearance and 6 value pays, I finally indulged in this her signature design.

She is famous for doing this waist detail in her dresses and since adding tunics was my goal this year,

I jumped at the opportunity to own one of her most coveted designs.


As much as I love green and navy together, I adored this Denim & Co tshirt

and know I’ll find several ways to style it.

It’s available is several other colors and in sizes up to 3x. 


While thrifting with my friend last week,  this Merlot (Pantone’s color of the year) sweater by The Limited, with it’s long length, split sides and heavy weight was a treasured find for just $2.50


This top I found on Ebay and loved it  because it was styled with

a skirted legging, which if you are a regular reader,

you know I embraced last winter.

Make sure to check sizing charts as this is Asian sizing. 


My apologies for the blurred photo,

I was getting tired at this point…

This is from and is a layering tank that gives a wonderful lace edge to tops.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had pairing this with quite  few tops in my closet…

It’s not available on at the reduced price I scored it for , but here is where it is sold.


In fact this new Liz Claiborne,tunic via QVC was a perfect example.

My feminine , sassy side couldn’t be happier about this versatile piece


With the way things sell out at,

I am over the moon that I bought it in this grey color as well.

I have just scratched the surface of the possibilities for this little gem and look forward to discovering

it’s full potential


This too is from

A fun green tunic with a great diagonal hem and button detailing

It’s no longer available


A Chadwick’s tunic in lovely mint shade

and it even has pockets… need I say more!

Sorry to tease you , this too is sold out, alas that happens since i am the queen of 

buying on clearance, lol

My Proposed Challenge

My Dearest Readers, this is but half of my confessional , show and tell to my husband. 

If you are a regular reader, then you know I am all about the 3rd Completer Pieces, so of course I had to add the department of my wardrobe…

I am seriously contemplating going on a year long shopping ban, to challenge myself to really go through what I have and wear everything and see which items really spark joy and worthy of having space in my wardrobe. 

I began this journey of blogging and curating a wardrobe from scratch due to the weight loss and after several years have accumulated a lot of pieces.  Not all of which serve me well.  It’s time to face the music and really explore what I have, what I love and what I want to purge, and see if their is a hole I need to fill.  

Of course Dear Readers, quitting this love of fashion cold turkey would be quite impossible, so I think I will request fashion coveted items for my B’day, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

I would also reserve the right to make a list of any beloved items that due to not perfect fit or style, that if I purge, I can replace with a more appropriate version.  

I also want to take this down time to tailor any beloved items deemed worthy.  As a petite, there are few things that would be perfect if shortened, particularly tops.  

I also may allow myself a small budget to add an accessory a month, just so I don’t feel too boxed in.  

So Readers, What do you think, Can I Do It? 

Can I Count on You to Cheer me On?  


4 Responses to "True Confessions & Self Imposed Challenge"

Wow, those are some great pieces! I especially love the first two tops. As for the challenge, you can do it! Given the “allowable” purchases makes it a more realistic and achievable goal.

Thank you Lisa. I am seeing this as fun, not deprivation and Pinterst is going to be my greatest tool.

I absolutely think you can meet the challenge. We recently moved from one house to another and along with purging household things I also purged pieces from my wardrobe. I am finding that I too have gained a significant amount of weight. With that said there are certain pieces and styles that just look better on me than others. I am motivated by your commitement to weight loss and I am trying to work on my personal loss as well.


Thank you, It’s so hard this time around to lose as it is definitely related to menopause and with my knee injury, but I will be darned if I will not get back to the figure that feels most like me! The support of others in the journey is helpful. Thank you for your kind words.

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