Thursday, April 30, 2015

How Are You Dressing In Retirrement?

The past few weeks I have been doing much clothes shopping. In fact I have probably purchased more clothing in the past few weeks than I did in the previous six months or more. These purchases have not been used or thrifted clothing, although some (but not all) have been on sale.

The  I reason for my shopping mania is really pretty simple.  I wear mainly bright, spring colors all the year around (along with almost any color of blue). Although by no means a fashionista as such, I did at one point have my "colors evaluated", and they were as they say, dead on. Since then my wardrobe on top has consisted of blue, turquoise, yellow, warm green and the like. Nary a red, black, purple, orange or other type of color has entered my life. This means that since I wear spring colors, most of my clothing has to be purchased at this time of year. While I will not find heavy sweaters this season, I can still find long sleeved blouses and t-shirts, mid weight cardigans and more.


Just a little bit of blue and green!

I'm also working to make sure everything goes with everything (as much as humanly possible without buying an entire wardrobe), so that I can a: be well dressed no matter what comes out of the closet, and b: be dressed so that I can wear whatever I put on throughout the entire day. So my cardigans and jackets are also blue, yellow and green rather than say, gray or black.

I don't know about you, but most days my retirement life can look entirely different at ten am than it does at four pm.  I am not a "change for the occasion" person.  Oh sure, I have some old clothes in my closet for working in the yard or painting the walls. I have some special exercise clothes, and some clothing I use for golf. I still have some (very limited) outdoor clothing which I hold onto even though climbing and hiking are no longer things of which I can partake.  Last but not least,  I also have a certain amount of "dress" clothing.  Most of the year though, once I am dressed, I want that to be it.




Some folks dress in jeans and a t-shirt at home, and then change for say, their book group. My problem is that I want the same outfit to fit both purposes and more. I want to be comfortable reading on the patio or creating in the studio-and look good a book group or lunch. I just want to do it all in the same clothing, so I don't have to think about it.

Don't get me wrong. I've been known to stay in my PJ's long after getting out of bed.This is retirement after all, and a morning spent reading in a lounging outfit or sweats is it's own reward (I live in a place where unexpected visitors other than family are almost non-existant). After all, I'm both a slow and late riser who needs time to stretch, warm muscles, and eat before I am awake. I've even been known to go back to bed on a painful or very cold day-more than once.  But once I am out of those clothes, I don't want to have to think about it any more.







For me, the solution has been simple. Lots of soft knit pants, and skirts-mainly black and gray, and in varying lengths. On the top, clothing that for the most part is warm green, blue (lots of blue) , yellow, peach,  and the like. This is true for the tanks, t shirts (yes, although there are no pictures here, I do wear many t-shirts-in bright colors), sweaters and jackets.  Rather than using "neutrals" I simply mix and match these outfits, and the jewelry that goes with it, which is usually bright and multicolored. I can wear a yellow cardigan with a green sweater tank. My shoes are always casual (hello Sketchers and Clark's).

Right now, this is what (mainly) works for me. Of course, tomorrow morning I have to de-fat a ten pound picnic shoulder and get it into the slow cooker for pulled pork. Some how I think I'll be wearing pj's for that one-which will then go straight into the laundry!! Maybe I should have a get filthy while cooking clothing category?



13 comments:

  1. Oh dear I am afraid that my wardrobe is a mix of styles. I am a love jewel tones and black person, so you can guess what is in my closet, though I have been known to cross over into pastels once in a blue moon.

    God bless.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey, we all have different styles and needs and wear what works for us!

      Delete
  2. Your clothes are beautiful, love those colors! I am the jeans and t-shirt or leggings and tunic type. I live in a very casual area and most places I go jeans and t-shirt (sweaters in winter) are fine. I don't mind changing during the day if needed. I do like your plan to have things mix and match so well. My wardrobe could use some work in that area.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would wear jeans if I didn't have knees so crappy that even the outside hurts when I war anything not extremely soft.

      Delete
  3. I am a jeans and t-shirt person. I retired 2 yrs ago and the work wardrobe is hanging in the closet pretty much untouched especially the dress slacks. Time spent ironing has decreased considerably. I purchased one pair of running shoes last year, my only clothing purchase in 2014. Does that say something about my shopping prowess? I tend to wear my clothes until they wear out, then purchase replacements. I have a sister and a friend who can't pass up a sale so I'm often the recipient of their purchases with the tags still on. I find that I take the opportunity to "dress up" a little more when I go out, even to the grocery store. I have gardening clothes that don't translate well into going out. I joke that the neighbors will get used to that pink housecoat or call ahead if they don't want to see me in it before 10am, not that it happens very often!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I enjoy clothes. Still have a ton of my Chico's outfits form wokring days.I miss having a "reason" to wear them but I usually get up and get dresssed almost every day no matter what,always with a necklace and earrings,I like to look and feel nice..even if I have no "workplace"to go,now. I live in a very tiny mountain town and sometimes feel like I stand out cause I don't go around in denim skirts with sneakers.. but, this is ME and I 'm sticking with that story!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Enjoy being Me, no matter where you are. I am committed to earrings, lip gloss, blush and a hair tousle and that is about it!

      Delete
  5. I love clothes too, and am still in the working world. I don't know what I will do when I retire because I really like to dress up and look nice, with necklace, earrings, bracelets, matching shoes and purses. Yikes! When I'm at home I find I mostly dress in jeans and tshirts but I really enjoy getting back into my "work" outfits when the work week begins.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I also like bright colored clothes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There seem to be a contingent of us!

      Delete
  7. I can see this post was meant for the female side; but just for the record, I'm a Dockers and polo shirt kind of guy. I remember a long time ago, when the seasonal color thing was a fad, the women at work decided I was a Winter. Now, if only I knew what that means ...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I could tell you what that means, the question is, would you care!!

      Delete
  8. I wrote a blog about finding my new retirement costume. Re-discovered shawls/pashminas in many colours. They can even dress up a t-shirt for an afternoon out. Of course, I live in Canada so the extra layer is appreciated most of the year! http://boomerspotofgold.blogspot.ca/2014_10_01_archive.html

    ReplyDelete