FASHIONISTA? ME? SERIOUSLY? – Marilyn Armstrong

I need to start out by pointing out I will not wear anything that isn’t comfortable. Gone are the high heels, tight anything (skirts, pants, sweaters, forget it!) and in is anything elastic. Even my jeans are elastic. If it doesn’t stretch, I don’t wear it.

I hate “dressy” events because I don’t own dressy clothing. I did, back when we were both working and Garry had events to which we were required to go, but now? I have some dresses, but I can’t wear shoes to go with them. And pantyhose? Seriously?

We’ve invented telephones that rule the world, but we can’t do better than pantyhose?

That being said, don’t expect much from this!

Daily Topic Subject – Fashionista!

Q1] How important is colour in your life?

In my life? Color is important. Not so much in my clothing, though. I wear grey, black, tan, taupe.

Occasionally red or orange … and navy. Not a thrilling palette. But the house has color — in pictures and statues and pottery.

Q2] What is most favourite colour to wear?

Denim.

Q3] Is there a colour that you wear that brings the best out in you and in others – in so far as compliments?

Photo: Garry Armstrong –

Black.

Q4] Are you a person who likes to overdress for the day or are you a follower of the credo, less is more?

I don’t OWN fancy clothing anymore. I can’t wear dressy shoes — and I can’t balance on high heels.

So overdressing is unlikely. If it requires that level of dress? I probably won’t go.

PQ5] What are five of your best items of clothing that you simply couldn’t be without? [and l don’t mean underwear/socks]

Sleep tees in the warm weather and flannel nightgowns in the winter. And don’t knock socks. I have the world BEST sock collection.

Q6] Do you dress for the season, as in colour wise, or just throw on whatever is warm and practical?

We live in New England. I have hot weather clothing, warm weather dress, cool and chilly weather clothing, cold weather clothing, very cold weather clothing, brutally cold weather clothing, and arctic-level clothing.

PQ7] If you were going for an evening out and the dress code was ‘smart casual’ what is your ideal outfit and why?

I tell them I was sick and not go.

Happy anniversary!

Garry might go alone, but if he had to wear a tie, I doubt he’d go either.

Q8] If you were having to attend an important meeting or appointment and the dress code was smart – what would your outfit be then?

At my age, I don’t have those meetings or appointments. If they are my age, they are also wearing sweatpants.

Q9] How many pairs of shoes do you own, and what is the breakdown [as in casual, smart, evening, leisure]

More boots!

I have maybe 20 pairs of shoes, 10 of which are really old and I don’t actually wear them but they aren’t worn out, so I keep them. Mostly, I wear sandals in the summer and Uggs in the winter. In between, I wear SOCKS.

Q10] Do you have classic clothing or classic items in your wardrobe that you have had for years and never go out of fashion if so name three?

I consider it classic. Others might say I’m a slob. Sweatshirts, tee-shirts, and jeans. I’ve been wearing this same clothing since I was a young teenager. Oh, and I have not one but three Navy Peacoats.

Q11] Are you into plain colours, wild colours or outlandish designs or a mixture and which do you favour more?

Plain. Elastic. Washable. Dryable.

PQ12] Do you have a favourite quote with regards fashion or design – if so what is it?

No.

Q13]  Knee high socks, ankle socks, shin socks or no socks?

Ankle socks with sticky bits on the bottom when I’m in the house. Knee high in the winter and if that isn’t warm enough, it’s too cold to go out.

Q14] Can you see the connection between colour and music and if so does it influence your dress code for the day in any way?

Not really. I wish I could say yes, but really, no.

PQ15] If you are going out somewhere special and want to listen to some music to put you in the mood whilst getting dressed up, what do you listen to? [Provide link please]

I don’t think I’ve EVER done that.

Q16] How often do you buy new clothing for the season or the year?

When I try to put on the nightgown and my finger goes through the fabric, I figure I probably need a new one. Also, as I get older and everything droops, I have to buy different sizes.

I’m also getting shorter (we shrink with age), so that’s a factor. But otherwise? I have winter and summer clothing. This is New England. It’s all about the weather.

Q17] Remember tie-dye from the 70’s was it a thing you followed, bought into or worse, how do you feel about it now?

Nope. Byt the time tie-dye was in, I was a mother working full time. I missed that whole dressing thing.

Q18] What is the brightest coloured item of clothing you have in your wardrobes/drawers?

I have an orange dress.

Q19] What is the most expensive item of clothing that you have in your wardobe? How often do you actually wear it?

I have a deep winter coat from Land’s End that cost me about $250. I wear it when the temperatures fall significantly below zero (Fahrenheit, NOT Celsius).

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

No.

Q21] Is being ‘fashionable’ important to you, or is being comfortably attired  more so?

I like not looking like I just crawled out of a ditch, so clean matters. I only wear the hairy, dog-hair covered stuff at home. The dogs do not care. And anyway, Garry is similarly attired.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

21 thoughts on “FASHIONISTA? ME? SERIOUSLY? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. “Smart dress?” “Smart casual?” I don’t even know what either of those mean. I just know if I can’t wear my normal polo, jeans and tennies (With a hoodie when its cool enough), I don’t want to be there…

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    1. I realize you’re probably (almost certainly) being snarky with your questions about ‘smart’ …. but in case “smart” is British English for ‘dressy’. Did that help? And I realize also that ‘dressy casual’ is an oxymoron…

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      1. “Smart” is one of those terms that stopped being used in this country when I was a kid. I know what it means but no one uses it anymore. It has gone a bit obsolete. Not in England, thought. I think it still sometimes shows up as a compliment.

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      2. Ah, gotcha! I don’t think I had ever heard that term related to fashion in anything other than a fancy-pants kind of way before. So I am definitely not a smart anything kind of dresser. Maybe not even a smart thinker…

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    2. Basically, I’m at the point where if I have to get “dressed,” I’m ready to stay home. If it weren’t for yoga pants, I’d never go anywhere. Stretchy yet somehow (when clean and free of dog hair), dressy. Phew.

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  2. I remember when my aunt was in a wheel chair and she was going to an event. She had on a pair of sexy, very high heel shoes. I thought that was really clever. She found a way of wearing them without having to walk in them. They looked sensational!
    Leslie

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    1. I still walk and I literally can’t stand up in heels anymore. There was a time when they were normal footwear, but years of flats and sneakers and sport shoes and sandals? I actually CAN’T. Not even on a special occasion. I used to have one pair of “box shoes” for special occasions but I gave up and gave them to a friend. I’m sure they live in her house in a box, too.

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  3. I think ‘we’ have a style all our own, that is shared globally….the old(er,ish) lady (or man for that matter) comfortable casual style. Sweat pants? Part of the ensemble, as are baggy shirts or tees, comfy pajama pants, and/or muu muus (sp?). Our shoes? If they fit, they’re in. No heels, too risky unless, like swo8’s relative, one can sit in a wheelchair and show off their heels…walking in those damned thing? Too risky, as mentioned. We wear crocs (ick), uggs, slouch boots, ‘boat ‘ shoes, anything in a slip on with a low or non-existent heel. If the item is tight, complicated to put on (needs buttoning up the back for instance), has laces or stays (is that a thing any more?) or in any way binds or constricts…it’s OUT. Me? As I stated on my version of this little quizzy…jeans are my ‘thing’. For EVERY occasion (except church, and I have a denim skirt for that). Today I’m wearing a butter yellow tee shirt with a silk screened picture of a puppy and sunflowers and butterflies. It’s a very comfy shirt, thus fitting in with the whole comfy idea. Yep.

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    1. I think you just described my wardrobe. The best part is that there are plenty of places that sell that stuff. Younger people don’t get dressed up either anymore, by the way. I don’t think my granddaughter owns anything dressier than jeans. She did when she was a kid, but that was a pretty long time ago.

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