Design for Comfort

This week, we’re describing our most comfortable piece of clothing.

Back when I was young and had a figure, I was comfortable wearing almost any kind of clothing. I could wear clingy dresses and heels, jeans and t-shirts, and even bathing suits that required less material than my father would have liked. The important thing was that I needed to wear things that were fashionable – or at least the kinds of things my friends wore.

Eventually, I graduated with a teaching degree, and I wanted to look professional. Since I looked pretty young, I guess I wanted to distinguish myself from the junior high students I taught. I wore dresses or skirts and blouses and dress shoes each day. I guess I was comfortable in them, because I don’t remember not being comfortable.

Then the children came. Staying home with them was not an option, so I adjusted. Babies spit up and make all sorts of messes, so my clothes had to be washable and easy to care for – no ironing, no dry cleaning, but still semi-professional. I had no time to think about comfort.

The babies grew into busy young ladies. My life became even more hectic. After a few wardrobe malfunctions (mismatched socks, inside-out sweaters and other mishaps that I described last August in THIS POST), I decided I needed to simplify my wardrobe. I packed up or gave away everything that wasn’t navy blue, khaki, or white. The socks in my drawer were either white or navy. Dressing became much simpler. As for comfort, I started wearing what became known as “mom pants” – slacks and jeans with an elastic waist — since my weight started to climb.


My collection of pajama pants all look like the bottoms on this pattern envelope!

Now that I’m semi-retired, it’s comfort over fashion. If I’m not leaving the house in the next half hour, chances are I’m in a pair of pajama pants and a t-shirt. I finally managed to lose some weight, so I don’t wear the “mom pants” any more (much to my children’s relief) but if I’m not in public, I’m not going to hold my tummy in. And when I’m writing, I don’t want a snug waistband to remind me about the last snack I ate. I have a go-to pattern for my pajama pants, and I have a drawer of long ones and another of short ones. When a pair wears out, they become part of the rag pile and I raid my fabric stash or the fabric remnant bin at the store to make another.

And now that my post is written, I’m off to cut out another pair or two of short pajama pants. The forecast for next week is sunshine and 60 to 70 degree temps, it’s going to be warm — well, warm for us. I’ve got a lot of writing to do this summer, so I’ll need lots of comfortable clothing!


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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11 Responses to Design for Comfort

  1. I followed a similar evolution of style through my teaching and mothering career, Patricia. Now that I’m writing full time, my uniform is yoga pants, a t-shirt, and my favorite extra long hooded sweatshirt 😀

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yoga pants would work, too, Elizabeth, but I guess I’m too cheap to buy them! One of my kids gave me a gift card for a sporting goods store (what was she thinking!?) so I bought my one and only pair, which I put on when I go to the gym or when I know someone’s coming over and I don’t want to wear jeans. Thanks so much for stopping in!

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    hard to believe that your forecast for late May is 60-70 degrees. Envy.
    I hear you about ones clothing “styles” evolving to accommodate personal comfort. [Presumably I’ll reveal more about that on Hound Day.]
    I’m most fascinated by the fact that you narrowed your color focus to blue, white and khaki. Nothing wrong with those colors — I’d probably choose the myself — but I dare say 79 % of the females I’ve ever known like to have black and red in their closet somewhere.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      We’re having a hard time with this forecast, too! We had an unusually warm February, a cold March, and April and May have been up and down. As for the colors, I did have a few items of clothing in other colors, but I made sure they were in a different part of my closet so I wouldn’t accidentally mix them with my go-to colors. Navy, of course, was the color of my jeans, so when I came home from work I could just exchange my dress slacks for jeans and still match!

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  3. Hey! No “mom-pants” shaming! Glad that you are looking and feeling better, though!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I have no problem with mom pants, but my kids were embarrassed when I wore them! I need to get back on the exercise/healthy eating regimen, or these new jeans aren’t going to fit any more.

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  4. I never would have thought to narrow my wardrobe down by color. Then again I’m not one to care if I match or not. It sounds like it made getting ready easier.

    Making your own pajamas sounds great. I might have to give it a try.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Having three basic colors that go together made it really easy to get ready on busy mornings! I usually had to be out of the house by 7:00 with both kids and their stuff, and I often didn’t get home until 5 or so.
      Pajama pants are pretty easy. I haven’t bought any for a long time – except when they’re part of a set that I buy for a special occasion, like a writer’s retreat.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    I’m with you on the colors. My wardrobe is mostly dark pink-navy-purple, gray, and denim. The color variations are really only in my t-shirts. Things are getting really crazy though. I bought some dark purple pants last week.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Purple pants?? You crazy woman, you. I can imagine having three children within a year makes you really have to limit your clothing choices.

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