Monday, August 11, 2014

A Writer's Wardrobe

As the dates of my big book events approached this summer, I realized I had nothing to wear. It had officially been more than eight months since I left my day job to work from home and all of my professional clothes were long gone. 



In fact, these days to dress up, I wear my bling jeans, maybe a sparkly tee instead of a plain one. After all, the fanciest place I go these days is to get my hair done. Or to get my dog's hair done.



For these events, I'd have to trade in the yoga pants for dresses. That meant a trip to Kohl's.



Somehow I ended up with four dresses for all my events. I realized different people would be at each event, though, so I could wear them more than once. But to justify the purchase, I've also been wearing sundresses to the mall and out to dinner all summer.

Now that the summer is coming to a close, I'm realizing I'll have to invest in a winter event wardrobe. In the winter you can get away with a nice sweater and pants, though. Or a light jacket and your summer clothes if you're young.



What's your wardrobe like? Are you prepared for a fancy event?

67 comments:

  1. Girls don't get cold? My wife freezes in the summer.
    I have the sharp casual attire for work and then several suits for special occasions and Communion at church. Hate clothes shopping though. Can never find what I like and when I do, it's four sizes too big.

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  2. I think it's mostly teenagers. They get cold but they'd never admit it. They don't want to wear things like pants or coats because they hide how "hot" they are.

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  3. I haven't bought any new clothes in a good 3 or 4 years hahaha have work clothes though, but would prefer to burn them and never again have to wear them.

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  4. I am not prepared for fancy events but I do own a couple of dresses and skirts but I would have to buy something to dress them up ;-) ♡

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  5. My 15 year old daughter is hooked on Anthropologie and Free People and...Goodwill. So, I either chuck out 4 bucks for a dress or shudder. I have several Chanel suits that I wear to work as I have to wear business attire, but, if I could...I would live in sweat pants and a tee shirt.

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  6. I'm perfectly happy living in shorts and jeans all summer but I wouldn't dream of wearing what those girls are wearing in the dead of winter. Brrr!

    Love the bright pink dress, btw :)

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  7. I can relate. When I stopped working as a professor seven years ago and became a book translator who works at home, after a year I noticed that I haven't bought any outside public clothes for a long time since I was in my sweatsuit all day long at home :)
    Thankfully, Dezzy is a sort of a fashion icon and always has something up his sleeve for emergencies, even the fashion ones.....

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  8. I haven't bought dresses in a while but I usually buy my clothes at thrift stores. Even the most fashionable ladies buy their clothes at Thrift stores these days.
    I'm probably due for another shopping spree.

    Those silly girls don't know how ridiculous they look in their attire.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. eBay is a good source for clothes, too, for the thrift store shoppers who comment today! We have a place called Plato's Closet that sells gently used juniors clothing. There's a Clothes Mentor shop next door that sells gently used women's clothing but it's mostly work stuff, so I always shopped at the juniors store and just bought slightly larger...all the nice t-shirts are awesome. I usually buy my pants new, though.

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  10. Since I have gained a little weight which I blame on menopause, I have had to buy some more clothes. I work full time and see clients so I have sun dresses and a few crop pants and nice tops. I know I have to get a few blazers for winter and a black cardigan as well. I go in spurts with shopping. I don't have many shirts that button since my bust runneth over and the button goes pop! In fact it happened once when I was with a client...was I embarrassed?? Nope:) So many things have happened to me in my past that it takes alot to have my face turn red:) Good for you that you can get some clothes that you can wear more than once-best kind:)

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  11. shorts, tees, exercise stuff in summer. sweats, exercise stuff in winter - and an occasional pair of jeans for town. :)

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  12. My wardrobe is all maternity right now. If there were any events that I had to get dressed up for during the winter I have no idea what I would wear. I'd probably just stay home to avoid having to go to the mall. And your dog looks rather spiffy, if I do say so myself:)

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  13. We have had some summer weddings to attend the last few years and the only dress I had was black. It took me forever to find a dress I liked, but I finally did....at TJMaxx!

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  14. I always think about purchasing a few new things for school. Since I've outgrown crayons (not really) I buy clothing.

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  15. I'm not a shoes person, so I'm NEVER prepared for anything fancy. If I have to do fancy, it's in a navy blue suit.

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  16. I rarely shop for clothes. I usually go on a spree and buy a bunch of necessary things. If there's an event, I'll be ready.

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  17. I still have 5 or 6 professional outfits that get through almost everything. Thank goodness. I love to shop for my family, but I am more than happy to never have to shop for me!

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  18. That last gif had me laughing-sooo true! I chaperoned a teen event for our church last winter, and we were in the single digits with lots of snow. Most of the teenage girls wore flip flops!!

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  19. I've been working from home for the past 18 months, so my professional wardrobe SUCKS! I plan to get a 'real' job in the fall though, so I'll need to do a bit of shopping for sure.

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  20. I have a collection of fancy dresses that I don't ever get to wear, because I never go out. I told my husband he needs to find me a masquerade ball so I can wear my gold-sequined dress out in public. Right now, it only attends tea parties in my daughter's bedroom.

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  21. Of course I'm prepared for fancy. I have a Ralph Lauren dress I got on sale for $10 at macys.com. I also have some very cute pants and tops I bought on clearance from White House Black Market (online). I get better deals shopping online, and I don't experience the exhaustion and angst of going someplace to look at clothes and try on clothes. If the clothes I order don't quite fit, I take them to the very sweet Korean lady on Edgewood Avenue and for a few dollars, she makes them fit. Everyone should have a sweet Korean lady (and her sister).

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. I've done this more than once. I can now pretty much go to anything and be properly dressed.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  23. I know what you mean about needing clothes for something important. I do. I wear the same pair of slinky pants and white peasant skirt to church every week with a variety of about five different blouses. That's it. :-)

    No, I don't think any of the rock formations were the one in Close Encounters. I have seen a picture of it and it's somewhere else, but I can't remember where! :-)

    I have been writing again. I realized I read to keep from writing...it's safer. I won't make mistakes in someone else's manuscript. I don't have to think about it at all, just get carried away. If I write, it's a joy, but also hard work, and what if it isn't good? You I'm sure can relate. I suppose every writer goes through this. But, I have a story to tell, and I decided I better get to telling it. It isn't going to write itself!

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  24. Any excise to get nice new clothes for yourself is always a good one in my book. ;)

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  25. Funny--I just was doing research for an article I was writing and stumbled upon research that showed your mental state is influenced by what you wear. If you dress casual 7 days a week, you stop being able to differentiate between working and relaxing. I'm still not dressing up to write each day, though!

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  26. LOL I'm terrible for that, I always buy clothes and I have fancy dresses even some I haven't tried yet because they're for big events and well I don't attend many like that in the end.

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  27. I've got lots of nice clothes now. As my ex (rightfully) pointed out, when I met him, I was largely dressing "like a virgin" and with clothes not really appropriate for a woman in her twenties. He was wrong, however, about insisting I needed to dress like some 21-year-old and in tight clothes! You should look professional, serious, and mature, not squeeze yourself into jeans that are at least two sizes smaller than you can comfortably wear. Although thanks to that first-hand experience and retrospect, I now have a pretty good sense of when a woman is an antique virgin, based on how she's dressed, like a 30-year-old with a Golden Girls wardrobe.

    Since I have a lot of Orthodox friends, I'll have to wear modest clothes for any book signings or other events. I'm not ashamed of how I dress on my own time, but I don't want them to ever run into me when I'm wearing pants or short sleeves.

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  28. I always make sure to have at least one fancy outfit in the back of my closet. I was once stuck in an emergency. I got my dress 1 hour before the event and I did not like it. Lesson learned.

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  29. Ohhhh, I just started and a new job and spent all the new income on a more business appropriate wardrobe. It was fun, and yet slightly depressing at the same time. I can't wait to walk away from it (corporate jobs) someday and dedicate more time into my writing. :) Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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  30. I've gotten a few extra dresses for going to concerts, but I need to get some gala-quality ones for all the performing and high-class socializing I plan to do. ;0)

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  31. It's nice to see I'm not the only one around here who doesn't like to shop for clothes. (Or shoes.) I tend to wear stuff until it just about falls apart, especially if it's comfortable, or something I especially like. I did spring for a new outfit for a book signing last year, though. (And it'll work for any time of year, too!) Unfortunately, most of my special occasion wear these days seems to be for going to funerals.

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  32. I LOVE Kohls.

    And no, I'm never ready for a fancy event. My closet is mainly t-shirts.

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  33. I loathe and detest shopping for clothes. And don't do it. Until it is long past essential. Special occasion? Panic.

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  34. I have only one fancy set of clothes

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  35. I'm still working, so wardrobe is intact. Unless, I've missed the info in a previous blog, I want to hear about your events.

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  36. Thank you for stopping by!
    I find clothes such a pain to plan around that I adopted a uniform. A fine pair of good fitting, nicely creased, very blue, blue jeans down and a nice jacket up. Take it or leave it. Of course, being a seventy two year old character helps, too.

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  37. I wear sundresses all the time, so I totally get it. ;)

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  38. Working at home, I am definitely not prepared for a fancy event. I live in jeans and tee shirts in summer, jeans and sweat shirts in winter; jeans to church with a few nicer tops. Honestly, this is terrible, but my sister in law's mom is terminal and I know we'll be going to the funeral/memorial service so I'm thinking I'm going to have to go out and get something "nice" to wear soon. I have a pair of black nice pants so I too will journey to Kohl's to get an appropriate blouse to wear.

    betty

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  39. Yeah, if I get invited to a fancy event, I turn it down due to lack of wardrobe. And I rarely get cold even in the winter, but I live in southern California. Enough said.

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  40. On Fathers' Day, Daughter sent me a pair of socks with mustaches embroidered on them. Her partner sent me socks with Mr.Spock ears. I don't think about fashion above my ankles any more. That's what retirement means to me and I like it.

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  41. hahhaa...I so love your cute personality and, if it's ok, I sure would like to steal your "3 things that don't get cold" image. too cute.
    A grandgirl worked at Platos for awhile and got some adorable clothes.
    xo
    O,and you are so right in thinking catalogs and high end stores mark things waaay up. Love Sams Club
    Thanks for coming by...

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  42. I have my work clothes: nice shirt and khakis are the default. I own two tuxes. Anything in between? Not so much.

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  43. Yeah I blanch when I see girls in their little tops and shorts when it's freezing outside. Anything for fashion! I'm a casual dresser, even though I have the threads for a fancy night on the town. But I can't rip it off soon enough. Hmm. Am helping host a writer's conference this weekend and am already breaking out in hives thinking about wearing stockings and boots and stuff...

    All the best for your shopping spree!

    Denise :)

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  44. I would have the same problem as you! I usually write at home in my comfy clothing, and for my book events next year I have...well, not much. What size do you wear? LOL

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  45. Lol on that last pic! If they bit the dust in those heels, they're going to wish they'd went w/a little more padding on bottom. :) I love getting to shop for special events, especially if they're writerly special events!

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  46. LOL I'm prepared for "grown up" events but work from home so pjs are my staple. ::snort::

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  47. While I love my comfy clothes, I do have clothes in my wardrobe for any occasion from lunch with friends to dinner on the town.

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  48. My wardrobe is...limited. I wear about 10 shirts total, and about four pairs of jeans :)

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  49. I don't 'do fancy'!!!
    Those days are long gone. Now, it's dress up with a pair of nice jeans, a turtle neck and a blazer with heeled boots.

    That's a far as I go.

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  50. My wardrobe consists of "stay at home mom" clothes...probably comparable to your writers clothes :) Just signed up for a Stitch Fix...heard about it through my sister-in-law. Maybe this is what I need to spruce myself up! *Fingers crossed*
    ~Katie

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  51. OMY I dont have so much I have a dark dress always useful and some lovely blouses but ususally I use jeans and sweaters (we are in winter) in summer I use more skirts and blouses Im not soo fancy haha
    I was secretary by many years and have to use fancy clothes but not now:))

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  52. If something fancy comes up in the summer, I'm doomed. All I have are shorts and a load of "Life is Good" t-shirts--courtesy of my generous mom. If its winter, I have one long brown skirt I can pair with a sweater and boots.

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  53. Like you, a bought a few outfits thinking different people would be at different events. Than as I posted photos, I realized it was obvious I was wearing the same thing!

    Yvonne

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  54. For some reason, all my clothes are geared towards "working hands" lately and I have to start fresh!

    My summer uniform has been denim capris, a V-neck pattern short sleeved shirt and my favorite sandals (note: Vionic orthoheels...'cause I'm ancient and we walk gingerly).

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  55. My wardrobe has changed over the years but most of my clothes are black or dark colors. I like dark colored clothing ever since going through my 'Gothic" phase 20 years ago. But all of my clothes are comfortable. Love the picture of your dog.

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  56. I'm the other way around, I have lots of dressy clothes, not so much casual. Except for summer, that is. I am addicted to capris! It won't be long now until I have to get out the pants and the boots.

    Love the pic of you and your dog!

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  57. I still have all my office clothes--I really need to get rid of them. I would never wear them to a reading. They're much too stuffy and formal.

    My daily wardrobe seems to be cargo shorts and Threadless Ts in the summer, and track pants and fleece pullovers in the winter. At least I'm getting out of the bathrobe. If I get out to meet friends, I dress up a bit more.

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  58. I remember wearing blue velvet hot pants with white gogo boots to a winter Bar Mitzvah when I was ten. Now that you mention it, I wasn't the slightest bit cool at all. Lately, if I like something I tend to buy it in different colors, so I look like I'm wearing a uniform. This was fun, Stephanie!

    Julie

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  59. I think like you, I might need to go shopping. I usually try and get away with a jean and t-shirt on most days, but always cringe when I have to wear something dressier. These days I also work from home and don't need office clothes. Those are nice dresses you bought.

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  60. I make sure to have at least one outfit for almost every type of event.

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  61. I usually have a pair or two of black pants and assorted blouses that might work for something 'dressy casual'. I have been into long skirts (hippie style) and platform shoes for awhile and prefer to go places where that type of dress is okay. We don't attend many fancy events.
    The dressiest outfit I have is probably a ruffly skirt and glittered top that I wore for my daughter's wedding.
    Don't think I've ever been to Kohls.

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  62. I'm more jeans, shirt, jacket, done type of person. I do have a few things for special occasions, but they don't get worn that often and I own a collective of two dresses. One long, one short, which I wear jeans under (the horror, but it's more like a top anyway). It's mainly cold here as well, so jeans are more like a uniform, haha.

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  63. I have a few items for dressy events -- all outdated. But, I figure so what. After all, I'm not the key person at the events.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  64. My fancy wardrobe is limited- but I have one outfit for each season right now. I don't have to get super dressy for work- so until I need the fancier clothes I will get by with my limited wardrobe. I look forward to needing to get those fancier clothes. :)
    Jess

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  65. Pants and bra are optional, once I walk in the door after work. And during the summer months, I frequently wear neither.

    Those are the best days! :-) I'm all about comfort, and I just HATE pants and bras.

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  66. I wear summer clothes all year round--I am always hot! As long as I have those mossimo tanks from Target I am a happy camper! I also have a stockpile of dresses that are way too fancy that I haven't worn yet. But of course when an event comes up I'll deem them unworthy and go shopping again lol

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