Apparelly,(!), I suggested this week’s topic. “What Is Your Most Comfortable Piece of Clothing”, but I think we may have covered this years ago, with other Foxes.
Only one piece?
First, I have to say that I am not a slave to fashion, but I do like to look good. You will never find me in something that is too “In”. I never rushed out for the biggest craze even when I was young. I have always preferred classic lines and that is more important to me now than ever. Nothing makes me cringe more than a woman wearing something that is obviously too young for her, thinking that she looks youthful because she thinks she looks ‘stylish’. That always backfires.
But back to comfort. I live in ballet-style slippers most of the year when I am home. I prefer the expensive leather-soled ones that are impractical for dashing outside, but they are Heavenly on my feet. I wore uncomfortable shoes on a walking tour of Washington, DC with a young man when I was 16; my big toenails turned black and swelled. I vowed never to wear uncomfortable shoes again. I have searched far and hard for the ultimate shoes: stylish, comfortable and affordable, and I have succeeded until recently. (I found heels that I could run in, honestly.) I hate a few of the pairs that I have broken down and bought in the last few years, even if they are comfortable. (I just don’t get to do the kind of shopping I used to.)
I seem to be the only woman in the world who finds panty hose comfortable. I wear them with dresses, skirts, and under slacks when the weather is cool.
I have a couple of loose-fitting, (but good-looking), dresses which I cannot let go of, despite that fact that I have had them for years. They look good and feel great. I just have to remember not to have pictures taken in them, so that it isn’t obvious just HOW long I have had them! I pick a new one up now and again when I find a good one.
I prefer natural fibers in blouses. I don’t believe I have any silk at the moment, but linen and cotton are my top choices, even though they often need to be ironed, unless they are double-knit. (Cotton mixed with a little Lycra make wonderful no-iron tops that keep a bit of shape.) I have a few nylon which are very comfortable, but only in steady, moderate temperatures.
The same with slacks and skirts: cotton and linen, or a really good blend.
Plus, all of my slacks and skirts have elastic waists. Even when I was young and thin, my weight varied almost daily. Even when they had buttons or zippers, I liked the ones with a little ‘give’.
You will not find one pair of jeans in my wardrobe. Not since I was a teenager and said, “Enough is enough; these things are not comfortable to me!”
I prefer layers. I have many over-sized shirts, a few thin ,boxy jackets and some sweaters that can be put on and taken off when the weather is cool, or stuffed into my bag for when it is warm, but wherever I happen to go they may have the A/C kicked up to ‘freeze’.
No matter what, you’ll find me color-coordinated; one print per outfit.
I do not wear t-shirts or hoodies because I know that I look unkempt in them. I don’t wear sweatpants or sweatshirts in public and seldom at home. I have no illusions as to how I look in them. I can’t walk around feeling sloppy and I never let myself be that kind of uncomfortable because it shows. Looking good means looking confident and I can’t be confident when I feel frumpy, nor can I imagine being confident when I am trying not to worry about how to breathe or happen to be wincing in pain from uncomfortable clothing . You can dress well and still be comfortable. It just takes some searching.
If I am hot enough, I have a few muumuu-type dresses. (I have been looking for elbow-length, long patio dresses. Anyone know where I can find them?)
To pick one, most comfortable piece, however, it would have to be a piece of nightwear that my niece gave to me. Actually, she regifted it to me. Her (rich lady) boss gave it to her, but since that niece is very tall, it hit a little “high-water” on her, so she gave it to me. It is cotton, thin, with a comfortable zipper up the front. I wear it as a nightgown and it is like being surrounded by a cloud. I can wear it in very warm weather and when it is quite cool. The thing must have cost a fortune, because I have worn it off and on through most of the year for many years and it is still in good shape.
Here it is; Subtle blue with white butterflies. The butterflies on the collar are embroidered, but still very soft.
You’ll never find me in a torn, sloppy robe or thread-bare pajamas. I have numerous robes in varying weights for year-around wear. I need to feel comfortable, but I need to feel good about myself. The pain that I feel in sloppy clothing is almost as painful to me as tight clothing or shoes.
How about you? Can you be sloppy and still feel comfortable and confident?