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?