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Apr 12 2013

If I Had My Druthers

by Veronica W

The temperature hit 81 degrees the other day—at least according to my car’s thermometer. An even better gauge, however, was the amount of flesh exposed by strolling pedestrians. The folks meandering along, enjoying the noon day sun, were obviously more organized than I. They were able to go from fur-trimmed, hooded coats to the briefest of shorts, all on a moment’s notice. I, on the other hand, had to send a request form (in triplicate) down to the garage so that my “summer” clothes could be hauled out and up the stairs.  I love the changing seasons but I do not love changing wardrobes to accommodate them. As I grumbled to myself, while sifting through boxes and zippered bags, I thought how nice it would be if I could always wear the faded, ratty old sweatshirt and patched, cotton, used-to-have-a-drawstring-Fancy-Nancy-Collectionbut-it-broke-off-inside-the-waistband pants I had on.  At the time I actually felt like I would if I could.

I came across a quote recently, which stated “Style is what you wear when no one’s watching.”  Hmmm. One of my favorite characters in children’s literature is Fancy Nancy, who does for fashion what Junie B. Jones does for the English language; they display tremendous individual style. For some reason we think it’s cute to see a child in red fire fighter’s boots, a pink tutu and a bright yellow Daffy Duck tee shirt; an adult, no so much. At work we must be in office attire or at least business casual. At home we must be company ready. If you need some help finding your personal style, check out Style Clinic: How to Look Fabulous All the Time, At Any Age, For Any Occasion or The Truth About Style, by Stacy London, co-host of TLC’s “What Not  to Wear.”

However, if clothing to you is simply elemental covering, needed because you have no fur, then what would you like to wear?  Better still, if I set aside good manners and dropped in on you unexpectedly in the middle of the day, what “stylish” attire would you have on?  Family friendly comments, please. (smile)

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Dea Anne M April 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Great post, Veronica! If you dropped in on me at home, you would find me in my favorite baggy tee shirt – complete with dried paint daubs from a project a few years ago – yoga pants that I cut off at the knee when they ran afoul of the ocean waves during a beach vacation, and NO SHOES (that last is a must at home)!

A Clemon April 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I feel the same way. Recently the men at work decided to go “no-tie” Friday. It works for them because at moments notice if an impromptu meeting is called they can pull out a spare but what about the women. What is casual for us? My boss was very strict about closed toe shoes and hose, we have since been released from that however everyone should not wear sandals (can you say pedicure). Also for safety reasons it is not always a good idea to wear open toe shoes. Which leaves me wanting to wear loose fitting clothes. I do admit however, when company comes over they may see me in my one-piece moo-moo that doubles as a robe or lounge dress.

Ev April 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

As soon as it hits about 65 degrees outside I’ll be wearing my flip flops. I often pair them with a pair of jeans and t-shirt, but the most important part is the foot wear. Love, love, love having my toes peak out to the world. I love painting my toes which ever shade my little boys pick out. I’ve even had “camo” paint on my toes.

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