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It would be nice to be a smart dresser.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lindenlea, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I went shopping this pm for a hoodie from M+S. i went round several small dress shops windowshopping and saw some lovely stuff in the sales but when would I wear all that smart schmutter. My life is spent in jeans and jumpers and comfy shoes and that wardrobe is suitable for housework, shopping and various group activities. My current criteria for getting dressed relate to keeping warm. Even if we go out, i don't need to dress up much.I rarely wear skirts or heels as they are so impractical. I did wish for a moment though that I was smart.
    What do you wear day to day and do you have a wardrobe full of unworn clothes? I read that you shouldn't buy an article of clothing unless you think you can wear it 30 times.

    I bought two navy hoodies - £16 each - very useful.
    InkyP and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I've noticed the habit nowadays is for most people to slouch around wearing sports gear or stuff that qualifies as extra warm pyjamas. Obviously just my perception but a lot of people don't seem to put much care and consideration into their appearance.

    I suspect cost is an issue granted... just my observation.
  3. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    The "bag lady" look is in this season. (snigger)
  4. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I wear underwear, a skirt, a T shirt, a cardigan and a scarf, plus, when it is cold like this, a fleecy cardie thingy. When I go out, I wear my black duvet type coat that the grandboys bought me some years ago and in which the younger grandboy thinks I look like a 'cedderpilla'. I can't be bothered with 'smart' and even if I could I doubt I could bring it off. My wardrobe has very few clothes in it. I hate spending money on clothes anyway.
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  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    OK, when I typed that it sounded reasonable... rereading it I sound like a right tw.onk.

    Wear whatever makes you comfy... and warm... especially at this time of year!
    yodaami2 and Lascarina like this.
  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter


    Im with @lindenlea here
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  7. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    @lanokia How do you dress? Suit for work, jeans at weekend, or chinos, shirt and a jumper and joggers at home.
  8. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Nothing wrong with extra warm pyjamas.
  9. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Right now at work I'm in a three-piece suit habit [not everyday] just because it makes me distinct to SLT bods...

    At home slouching around the house, extra thick socks, jeans and big sweater!

    Going out to town... smart but in jeans.

    But I'd not stoop to sports gear unless doing sports...
  10. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    No elasticated waists for you then ;)
    I like suits with waistcoats. My husband had a lovely dark navy suit when we were young. I remember him wearing it when I was in hospital having son 1.
    lanokia likes this.
  11. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I'm fed up of the way I dress. Jeans, tee shirt and hoodie or cardi, every single day. I don't buy clothes very often and I need to chuck out work clothes. Even they were like a uniform: black trousers or grey skirt, black jacket and tops. I never wear skirts in winter and I have a little denim skirt for summer. The weather doesn't help, though. If we lived in warmer climes, I'm sure we'd be in prettier clothes.
    There are no occasions when I have to dress smartly but I'd like to, now and then. Although, funnily enough, I do like to make more of an effort when I go to John Lewis, otherwise it's such a shock when you catch sight of yourself in a full length mirror. Don't get me started on the mirrors in the changing rooms - they're very distorted, aren't they?
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  12. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    As I'm now in my twilight career in a jewellers, I have to be smart 3 days a week. The rest of the time I tend to wear long tops, trousers and boots. I'd like to wear hoodies but it would upset OH as he was held up at knife point by a hoodie-wearing yob. He has a dislike of them since. No wonder!! :eek:
  13. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Of course they are!;)
    marlin likes this.
  14. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    My smart clothes were recycled to charity shops when I left teaching. Just one or two left 'just in case.'

    Now it's jumper dresses and leggings or thick tights, or jeans, jeggings, cords, with a couple of jumpers in this cold weather. I have a heavy duvet coat for this weather and a man's checked, very soft, scarf- from Lidl.

    In the summer I like pedal pushers and a t shirt. Nowadays it's dressing much more for warmth and comfort.
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  15. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    I like dressing smartly; there is a feel-good factor about it. It does mean I spend a bit of money on clothes to get a good fit, mainly because I carry less fat than a butcher's pencil and so most cheaper end clothes fit me like a sack:( -and I don't like sack.
  16. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    Since my knee probs have made any sort of heel a taxi-only affair, I have some ponte trousers I wear with comfy flat shoes for work. I'd like to say I make up for it with a jaunty scarf or signature jewellery but.....
    My diet starts tomorrow. I feel a whole lot more effortful re snappy dressing when I can see my feet.
  17. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Smart dressers tend to be a bit too wooden for me....... ;)

    Smart dressing, however, isn't necessarily about looking smart but dressing appropriately for the setting and the weather. :cool:
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  18. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Is that like the sign in the pub - Free beer tomorrow!
  19. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    My dresser was dead smart back in the 80s when I bought it. Now it's just another object in the orange room of pine.
  20. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Interesting thread. No longer teaching I realise I need a good sort out of my 'wardobe'!

    As it's so cold and I notice any slight draft round my legs these days- as I realised when wearing a skirt on Sunday, trousers are currently the order of the day! ;)

    I still love my roll neck tops (I dislike low necks) worn underneath a shirtblouse with a jumper and then a gilet. (Layers are definitely 'order of the day' ;)) I love my culottes too but rarely wear skirts or dresses if I'm not working or going out socialising.

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