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Shopping has never been my bag. (Heh.) Clothes and fashion have never been my forte. My high point for fashion was in college when I intentionally refused to wear jeans (because that's all anyone wore) and sought out the most eclectic thing I could find—including 40s styles from my grandma's old wardrobe.

Now that I'm nearly 40 pounds down, my clothes look like I pulled massive fabric yardage from the bolt and strategically draped it on my body.

Finally this week I spent minimal amounts on a few pieces that actually fit. I'm still cheap, but I feel better!

What are your style tips?

Alison Moore Smith is a 57-year-old entrepreneur. She has been (very happily) married to Samuel M. Smith for 36 years. They are the parents of six incredible children and the grandparents to one astounding ginger grandson.

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