I think clothes are medium-important to me.
If one end of the spectrum would be me wearing ratty sweats every day and the other end of the spectrum would be me dressed to the nines every day…I fall smack-dab in the middle.
I do get dressed every day in the sense that I shower, do my hair, put on a little makeup, and wear something other than pajamas or workout gear.
In the summer, that usually means wearing shorts + a tee, and in colder weather, it usually means jeans + long-sleeve shirt + sweater/hoodie.
I like to look at least vaguely put-together, but coming up with creative and fresh outfit combos is totally not my thing. Sonia and Zoe both really enjoy planning out what they will wear, and they lay out outfits the night before just for fun. But since that’s not fun for me, I rarely think about what I’m going to wear until the moment that I get dressed!
Another common theme in my outfits is that I like to be comfortable. I suppose all of us sacrifice some comfort for fashion (otherwise we’d all walk around in Snuggies all day!), but I don’t have a high level of willingness to sacrifice comfort, especially in comparison to someone like Sonia.
So, I hardly ever wear heels. I tend to wear fairly unstructured clothing. I like knit tops instead of woven tops. And I don’t generally wear dresses unless I’m going to an event.
In short, I am a fairly practical dresser because as with many things in life, I value efficiency pretty highly. I’d rather spend less time on my wardrobe and more time on other things!
kristin @ going country says
Sigh. It’s boring just agreeing with you all the time.
I will add that staying in pajamas after getting out of bed is not at all practical in a life such as ours. Feeding hay in a robe would be bad news. So my husband and I get fully dressed as soon as we wake up. I also expect the same of my children. They don’t get breakfast until they’re dressed.
Clothing in the practical sense was much more important to me when we lived in our freezing (literally) giant old house. In the winter there, I wore long underwear top and bottom, wool socks, turtlenecks, and a wool sweater. Inside. So did my toddler sons. Happily, heavy wool sweaters are pretty easy to find at thrift stores, because no one really wears them anymore in this age of climate control. I had a quite a collection at one point.
We do OCCASIONALLY disagree on one of these prompts. 😉
Ruth T says
I am pretty much the same! When I became a SAHM 7 years ago I made a rule for myself that I’d always at least wear jeans (not sweatpants) if I was leaving the house and I’ve stuck with it. I am a jeans a t-shirt kind of girl. In the winter I’ll add a sweatshirt or wear a sweater with my jeans.
On a side note, I’ve always asked my kids to wear jeans if we’re leaving the house, too. This was really helpful when my oldest started school since the school has a dress code that includes “no sweatpants”.
Isn’t it hilarious that we are now at a place in society where jeans are considered to be vaguely formal?
Ruth T says
Yes! My husband was commenting on that the other day… About how much work-appropriate attire seems to be changing.