I suppose the decline of my wardrobe began when I left the corporate working world. I didn’t just suddenly get rid of all my suits, skirts and dresses. But I didn’t replace them when either. Gradually my closet started looking like casual Friday.
However, as long as we were dressing up for church I maintained a few half-decent things to wear. But eventually the dress code even there softened, and now if you attend the contemporary service no one will give you a second glance even if you wear blue jeans. So my closet looks more like kick around the house Saturday.
When I was diagnosed with MS, in a fit of rage? self-pity? hopelessness? I got rid of all my high heels and sleeveless shirts. The shoes because while you might embarrassed falling down while wearing flats, you would feel even more stupid if you were prancing around in heels. And the sleeveless garments because the red spots from the injections were making me crazy.
Over time I came to decide that the arm injections happen on Sundays and Thursdays, so with some planning there are plenty of days when I can go sleeveless and be spot free. So tank tops and the like have worked their way back into my wardrobe.
But I still avoid high heels. Common sense and a desire for comfort have won out over fashion sense.
When I discovered LeSportsac pocketbooks, my choice in handbags took a swing away from fashion as well. Those babies are so light weight you can suddenly think you’re not carrying anything, and look down in a panic, only to see it securely hanging from your shoulder. I now own blue, beige, and gray ones; they’re all I carry. They may not be trendy (and unfortunately they’re not cheap), but they’re great!
Last week I was rare position when business attire was called for. And I was reminded how much effort goes into even a single outfit. So many things to coordinate! Slacks, dress or skirt? Stockings have virtually disappeared so unless you’re prepared to go barelegged better stick to pants. Color–bold or retiring? Or a print? Matching shoes, handbag and belt? Jewelry selection? Are you prepared for the heat of the outdoors and the chill in the air conditioning? Will you be able to walk the distance? Pass through security checkpoints without stripping? How will you carry necessary documents? I’m spent before I even get out the door.