For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

What to Wear When You Feel Rubbish!

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top (worn back to front), pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

We all know that feeling of having nothing to wear.

You have a wardrobe full of clothes BUT nothing fits.
Not one item looks nice.
Everything is hideous.

You might be feeling low, puffy, bloated and generally disgusting.

Your favourite dress looks like a bin liner
Your sexy jeans are far from sexy.
It must be time to curl up on the sofa, with a consolatory bowl of ice-cream.

But, unfortunately, you have to go out tonight and there is no wriggling out of it.

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

Let me make a small confession here....

For the past two weeks I have been lazy beyond belief.
I have eaten no less than five greasy takeaway dinners (yuck)!
Scoffed sweeties (Percy pigs) and large bars of chocolate (salted caramel, raspberry, coffee bean and almond... and more!)
Ate cake(s).
Drank wine.
Gorged on family packs of crisps, while watching makeup videos (and endless film clips) on Youtube.
Not a single piece of fruit has passed my lips.

All of this disgusting behaviour has resulted in a puffy morning-face, spots and a delightful muffin top.
(Hence, my 'sexy' jeans are no longer sexy!)

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

I am hardly a poster-girl for the clean living 40+ female.

I am determined to put right what has gone wrong, soon...starting tomorrow maybe?

Tonight, however, I have to go out.
I have a glass of prosecco in my hand, and the wardrobe doors open.
Half of the contents are lying on my bed.

There is nothing (at all) that I want to wear.
Nothing is right.
Everything looks awful.

I start to think of excuses that could sound feasible for not going....
Pathetic really.
I need to pull myself together and rustle something up.

{Maybe black jeans and a black top would work?}

Then, I start to think about my previous posts about dressing up when you feel down.
This one here, about what to wear when you feel rubbish.
Or this one, and this one about battling with the bloat.

The best way to give yourself a kick in the rear, is to reach for some colour.

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

As a last resort I grab this bright blue top (see it here, with a leopard jumpsuit)
BUT quickly realise that it is far too low at the front.
My bra is hanging out (yuck) and the neckline looks very unflattering.

This is so annoying...
I now have nothing left.

Hang on a minute!
What if I turn this top around, and make the cowl neck into a draping cowl back?
Could that work?

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

Yes, it could!
In fact, I like the look of this top much more the "wrong" way round.

The rest of my outfit then fell together really easily.
I wore my silk, satin, pyjama-style trousers.
{Only because they are loose, comfortable and so easy to wear... see them styled here and here}
The patterns distracts the eye and the waistband is loose, so there is room for my muffin top.
Luckily this back-to-front top looks better untucked, anyway.

I even decided to go all matchy-matchy and wear my blue suede heels.
These shoes are the perfect fit, and I had forgotten how much I love them.
Happy feet = Happy face!

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

My red bag picked up some of the detail on the trousers, and a silk sash (secured with a fun brooch) gave the fake neckline more structure and interest.
A bright red lip finished things off perfectly!
Nothing beats a bright pout for that boost of confidence.

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

Over to you...

Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear?
How do you get over the urge to curl up on the sofa with a packet of crisps?

Please share your tips for faking feeling great, in the comments...or contact me.
I love hearing from you!

Fake Fabulous | Cobalt blue top worn back to front, pyjama trousers, red lips and blue heels.

TROUSERS: Topshop (these ones are pretty)
TOP: Unknown...I got it in a charity shop for £1... this one is nice.
BAG: Tkmaxx (this one is much cooler!)
BROOCH: H&M (this one is cool)
SCARF: A belt from a tunic dress (similar)
SHOES: Nine West (similar..similar)
LIPS: Kiko 




  1. You're the bomb, girl!! That's the way to change your perspective and kick it!!
    I love that you turned the shirt around---what a perfect way to make it work for you for the day!!
    You look absolutely fabulous in this!
    I think it's good to have a bad day now and then...but really, we have to remember how blessed we are!

    1. You are right Jodie! Feeling like you have nothing to wear, is a pretty trivial problem to have...thankfully :oD XXX

  2. Oh my goodness! You are telling the story of my life these last few weeks! And you are so right, dress up in some color and suddenly the dark cloud lifts!

    1. Thank you Kellyann! I am so glad I am not alone in my grossness :oP. I am trying to do better this week. XXX

  3. I like the back. It's pretty and sexy.

    1. Thank you was looking horrible the 'right' way round. XXX

  4. And now you are looking like a million dollars! Creative! And you really wear a pyama trousers? I have been doubting them because I thought it would look redicilious! NOT! It looks very classy.

    1. Thank you so much Nancy. XXX The PJ trousers are quite tricky to wear but I am going to try them again with boots too, as they are so's like going out in your jim-jams without people pointing and laughing :oP XXX

  5. what a lovely post my dear
    your style is so amazing and inspiring
    simply love it!
    lovely :)
    with love your AMELY ROSE

  6. You certainly did choose the right color to highlight your gorgeousness Samantha...the bright cobalt is perfect! I hate when that feeling happens and it is definitely more frequent since I've been lugging around this extra 8 pounds that I really have no excuse for. Like you did here, if I'm feeling particularly gross I always reach for something loose and comfortable. Nothing makes you feel worse than something tight!

    1. I think we are all in the same boat Debbie! No matter what shape or size we are (Do men get "bleugh" days too??).
      Loose and comfy all the way! :oD XXX

  7. ohh, love that bright blue, and you're right: nothing like a vibrant color to push up your mood!, and red lipstick!1 yes, everything looks better if you're wearing red lipstick!
    You look gorgeous, love your pyjama-pants, satiny and comfy yet very elegant!, and love that you've shared your guilty pleasures with us: I try to be healthy, but red wine and aperitives are so appealing!

    1. Thank you Monica! Red lipstick works wonders :OD XXX
      P.S. Wine and aperitifs sound so much more sophisticated than crips and sweeties!!

  8. Another winning post Samantha! You look amazing in blue and these pyjama trousers conceal any signs of lumpiness or muffin tops that may (or may not) be plaguing you. And a great move to just go with those wonderful blue pumps. You look sleek and beautiful.
    Anna x

    1. Thank you Anna! I was trying to distract the eye away up to lips and down to shoes, with a bit of bold confusion in the middle :oP XXX

  9. I think we all appreciate knowing that you have the same moments of fashion anxiety that we do. You always look beautiful in the vibrant blue and I suspect it serves a cheering purpose for you (?)
    I LOVE your inspired move of turning the top around!!! Definitely going to steal that one!
    Your hair is beginning to take shape and it's fun to see you in a new style.
    I think we need periods of decadent eating every now and then Samantha. You look as lovely as ever!

    1. Thank you Judy. The top was bordering on obscene the right way round! :oO XXX

  10. Love the flashes of red - bag, lips and lips against the cobalt blue. Inspired to turn the blouse around. Looks an absolute treat with those fun trousers. And I have red bag envy!
    We all have weeks when everything goes out the window including healthy eating - I'm so glad I'm not a lover of percy pigs as I'm sure I'd have an addiction to them I have such a sweet tooth! But the trick is not to beat yourself up, rather create a fantastic outfit and trip the light fantastic!

    1. Great advice Jacqueline! Dress up and show up!! (Tripping the light fantastic is such a great phrase) XXX


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