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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dress For Your Reality!!

Since it is nearing cooler Fall weather I have been thinking a little bit about my Fall wardrobe. Not at great length, but enough to have read a few articles about what is IN or OUT and the top ten must-haves and the like.

I read a statement at In Style Magazine that said:
 “Dress for Your Reality.”

That made me take pause. Hmmmm??? What is my reality?
I think it means,  "What are your activities? And, how should you dress for those?"

Since I am retired, my requirements are different than they use to be.  No more stylish work clothes that say, “Hi! I am your designer.”

My life is pretty casual. I thought I would make a list of my activities and the type of clothing I need for  what I like to do:
  1. Hanging out at home, puttzing around doing household chores.
  2. Grocery shopping
  3. Family gatherings
  4. Lunch or coffee with a girlfriend.Dinner out with hubby or friends.
  5. Thrifting/Antiquing
  6. Traveling with hubby
As you can see, it is all pretty casual these days, so there really is no need for a lot of real dressy attire.

Here is how I try to “Dress for My Reality

Hanging out at home:
I don’t know about you, but if I am at home I want to be comfy and still look presentable for when hubby comes home, or if someone pops in for a visit.
I always wear shoes because I think slippers make you shuffle. Don’t laugh, I don’t want to be THAT lady!!!

Here are some of the looks that I like for hanging out at home. I use Macy’s as my Go-To place since you can buy on-line if there is not a store in your area.

PANTS (167x205)
I like black knit pants/yoga pants for around the house. I get the solid ones without stripes so I don’t look like I have on a jogging outfit. I obviously don’t jog, so what is the point!  But, I do like comfort and when they are in solids they always look presentable.

 I know that leggings are in and so are the skinny pants, but, and I do mean a big BUT!! Look at yourself from the side. If your leg reminds you of the chicken leg you ate at Sunday dinner, do Not under any circumstances wear them!! Just a little friendly advice. I have two DIL's that both have beautiful long thin legs and they CAN wear them and I use them as my criteria for this statement.  I on the other hand would fall into the chicken leg criteria.

BLACK (167x205)
I love this top. It has cute snap enclosures and it so comfy and yet, again. looks better than a plain T-shirt. I have this in white and black.
JACKET (167x205)
This little jacket is also in knit.  Look at the cute detailing with zippers. I think this would look much cuter than a hoody. Ladies if you are going to wear a hoody, wear one that fits close to your body so you don’t look shaped like a box. I figured this out a long time ago, trust me on this one.

Here are a couple of other knit jackets to keep you warm around the house and still feel put together.
CAMEL (167x205) 
I have this little jacket. I scrunch up the sleeves and cinch in the waste and I feel very comfy. Camel is a big color this season and when paired with dark gray, it looks pretty cool.

JACKET GREY (167x205)
I wear a cute pair of mule type tennies in black patent and I am comfortable for hanging out at the house. I think this beats an old house dress or a pair of sweats and a T-shirt any day.

Top it all off with a little lip gloss, blush, curl your eyelashes put on some mascara and don't forget the earrings. I usually wear simple pearl earrings and then I feel like I am good to go!!

I am not claiming to be a fashion expert by any stretch of the imagination.  But, I do like to be comfortable and look presentable at the same time, even if I am just hanging out at home.  I have just found that these pieces work very well for me and I thought I would share my findings with you and maybe you can share some of your fashion advice with me.

What do you wear when you are hanging out at the house?
 How do you “Dress For Your Reality”?

“Enjoy the Process” Of:

Dressing For YOUR Reality!