Started 3 years ago. There are 7 replies by 5 different members. The latest reply was from mrsflowermom.
  1. I'm sure this question has probably come up before but I could not find a search feature to refer to. As a new retiree, I find that my work wardrobe is obsolete. I am spending most of my days in casual/activewear. What advice to you have for me?

  1. Congratulations on your retirement! I'm not a retiree, but I'm now working from home 2 days a week and in the office 3 days, so I'm finding a similar shift. I think it's still important to find clothes that you feel and look good in--they're well fitted and/or tailored to your body, and they flatter your colouring and body type/proportions--even if they're more casual. And you can still have fun with accessories, even if they're less formal--funky necklaces, bracelets, and scarves can all work with t-shirts (maybe not activewear tops though). You can even mix in some pieces of your work wardrobe when you're going out, like a nice blouse with dressy jeans for brunch/lunch, or a pencil skirt with a sparkly top for an evening event. If there are items that you know you'll never wear again, see if you can find a charity in your area that helps women with clothing for interviews...then you'll feel good about letting them go.

  2. I have been retired for a number of years and kept lots of work clothes for "just in case." This was a mistake and the clothes just took up space. The best thing to do is to make a pie chart of what your life will be. It is a matter of individual taste and if you are living in a city or the country, a hot or cold climate,do you plan to travel etc. You can wear dark jeans almost all the time. As Wanderer said,keep what you know you will wear and donate the rest.

  3. Great advice already given, MrsFlowerMom. When I retired, I made a list, like lilyapril suggested, of my activities and focused on building a wardrobe for them, such as going to theatre, dining with friends, volunteering, sports, hanging at home. And built even my at home wardrobe into something nice and company ready. As Wanderer said, you can dress down some of your work pieces. Each day is a blessing that will never come again, so dressing for that blessing is important and good for the spirit. Congratulations on your retirement.

  4. Good advice given by everyone, I agree. Sandy - I'm interested to learn about the home wardrobe being company ready. Not sure I do that, but I should! Please advise. :)

  5. Hi Natasha. Regarding an at-home wardrobe, I was terrible for wearing ratty, ill-fitting baggy clothes around the house. Then one day I dropped in unexpectedly on my cousin. She looked lovely even though she said no, she was not going out, she just wanted to look nice for her family, and for her kids and their friends when they come over. I learned a lot from her that day. Clothes can be comfy, inexpensive and pretty too. They can even be somewhat worn, but if they are flattering for you (using MSP rules), then you've got a cute at-home outfit. Some things to avoid are pajama-like pants or anything overly baggy; leggings or jeggings (anything that shows the butt skin tight) without a tunic or dress or other long top; T-shirts with silly logos or advertising; and funny fuzzy slippers or flip flops. Instead, select pants with stretch and room to do exercises, a co-ordinating T-shirt (no logo), and a cute sweater (I live in a cool climate). Also find co-ordinating sneakers, or slippers that look more like shoes, or a dressier looking flip-flop or sandal. Helps also to get dressed first thing in the morning, and do hair and face routine. Does anyone else have suggestions for dressing for an at-home day?

  6. That sounds good advice. Putting on actual shoes, rather than slippers, always "wakes you up". :) FlyLady, too, advises us to do that - and to do hair and face routine early in the day.

  7. Lots of good ideas here. Thank you everyone!

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