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Getting Down To Basics (Clothing)

Happy Friday! As a disclaimer, this is not a fashion blog. Never has been and never will be. I just don’t have the knack! My sister and I are so different. She has way more fashion sense than I do. I’ve often found myself trying to emulate that and where has it gotten me? In short, looking ridiculous! While we have similar facial features, our bodies are totally different. She got the long lean look from our Aunt Peggy, while I got my mom’s short, curvy look (minus the boobs). So try as I may, I’ve found that really the best way for me to dress is in my own inimitable style (which even at my age I’m still trying to nail down). However, I do like the way I look in workout clothes (minus the extra Covid pounds) which, probably like a LOT of you, I find myself in on a daily basis!

My sister turned 60 last year and like every other birthday person she did not get to celebrate in style in Italy like she planned. When she comes to visit (pre-Covid) she brings sooo much stuff! I have been reminding her at least every other month that when we go to Italy she needs to use a carry-on and not drag three pieces of luggage. Then I got to thinking, what does she/me/practically anyone really need? Which brought me to this blog’s purpose. If you’ve read any of the countless articles about parring down your closet (and January is a GREAT time to begin this task) you know it’s all about the basics that you can mix and match.

So I asked my daughter, sister and a few of my girlfriends (10 of us in all): “What are your five must have articles of clothing?” It was interesting to see! Five of us are still working but five of us are retired, so that has something to do with choices, I am sure. See if you are surprised, or maybe just what you agree/disagree with:

  • dark wash jean –9
  • black pants–2
  • white shirt/t-shirt–5
  • black dress–2
  • black pumps–2
  • tennis/workout shoes–2
  • good bra–3
  • black leggings–3
  • black blazer–1
  • black booties–2
  • colorful scarf–3
  • flats/sandals–1
  • hair ties–1
  • cardigan–3
  • lounge wear–1
  • denim jacket–2
  • black shell–1
  • colorful shirts–3
  • tunics–1

And then there were the sundry things:

  • purse–1
  • coat–1
  • jewelry–2

I don’t know if this really tells us anything, except that each person comes at fashion (or should I say “style”?) from a different direction. Being a retired teacher has changed my wardrobe immensely! I don’t have to wear blazers now, for example, but will keep a few in my wardrobe because no matter who you are I feel that they make you look polished.

The bottom line is, DRESS FOR YOU! Because the way YOU dress is the way YOU feel most comfortable. Heed he advice of the “Oscars” and be confident in 2021, ladies!

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