|Smokey Rose helps me knit non-fashionable things|
I do recognize that whether I want it or not, the fashion industry does effect my clothing life in many ways. Like how the Meryl Streep character explained in the film "The Devil Wears Prada"..... for example, I can only buy certain colors at any given time because the powers that be have decided something or another about colors.
But, I've got some news for the fashion industry that maybe they already know. I don't care one little bit about fashion and being stylish. They can do as they please with their designs. I'm retired and I don't need or want them. But then I suppose they don't really want me either. That's money they are walking away from, but it's not my problem.
|My cleaned up South Dakota closet|
While I do not want to deliberately look ugly or peculiar, I really don't care what others think about my clothes at all. If my clothes scream "old lady," that's OK by me. I am an old lady. No sense in trying to be otherwise. I really would just as soon look my age.
So my wardrobe is getting more and more simple as time goes on. Mostly black cotton knit trousers with elastic waist bands and pockets plus some kind of knit top. Short sleeved tees in the summer. Long sleeved tees and sweat shirts in the winter. Fleece vests and knit cardigans to use to adjust for temperature changes. Comfortable shoes. That's mostly it except for nightgowns, underwear, cold or rainy outerwear and swim suits.
And solid colors are me. In a limited number. Black, white, gray, red / pink, aqua / turquoise. My favorites.
|Notice any trends?|
I did keep some few professional and dressy tops (the trousers work just fine for all occasions) because they will be needed from time to time. But the ones I have will probably get older and older without new ones replacing them because the ones I have are pretty classic and won't be wearing out from over use.
|This red twinset from LLBean will probably last me a lifetime.|
I kept some simple dresses because sometimes in the heat of summer, dresses can be about all I can bear to put on. They also work well for coming and going from water exercise classes ... put on my swim suit at home and drop a dress over it and I'm good both ways.
Speaking of swim suits, I now wear them without a thought about whatever "problem areas" my body might have. All my water exercise friends do. I've also got more than one because I know that pool water will do them in before too much time passes, so I rotate them in hopes that as a group they may last awhile. I'll be fine about wearing a swim suit at a lake or the seaside when the occasion comes to do that too. It feels good to feel comfortable in my body.
|New for autumn...maple leaves on butterscotch.|
A new color, but only for autumn.
This won't be a trend.
Reminds me of my favorite Joni Mitchel song
Thank you, Country Store. You've got a long term customer in me now. You know what I like.
|Is this lacy cardigan fashionable? Who the heck cares? |
It's beautiful and I made it.
It's an heirloom.