Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Transitional

Now knowing that I have a retirement dinner to attend in a month or so, I decided that I should give some thought to what I might be wearing to this little shin-dig.  I am fully aware of the fact that a month's advance planning might seem a bit extreme.  But as I am doing all this dieting and riding of exercise bikes to see if I can't get back into my skinny jeans, I don't think that a little inspirational window shopping could hurt.  

Besides, I don't get out much.  I find "out" to be very intimidating.  I have to put some thought into "out."

As I was wandering through various virtual stores (God, I love the inter-webs...) it occurred to me that I was not good with the transition of the seasons.  I'd like to think that I have something in my closet that would fit the bill for a June "event."  But I don't.  I have nothing.  I blame society.

Since I don't work in the summers, I have limited clothing options.  I have jeans.  I have cut-off jeans.  I have capri jeans.  I have shorts.  I have sweat pants.  I have t-shirts.  That's it.  I'm happy with that, really.  I am very much a jeans 'n t-shirt kind of gal.  The opportunity to lounge around in three-day-old jeans is something I consider a "perk" in my line of work.  Teaching will never fill my bank account to over-flowing, but I get to wear a lot of t-shirts.  Which is pretty much all I can afford, now that I think of it.  But there are some pretty cool novelty t-shirts in the collection and that is something of which I am proud.  

I also don't make the transition to warmer-weather-wear very well.  I am one of the Pale People.  I fear the annual baring of the upper arms and calves.  There is every reason to believe that I will inadvertently blind some poor soul who looks directly at me.  I'm sort of like an eclipse that way...

So now I've spent an hour looking at this season's summer wear and am realizing that none of it really seems to fit my vision of me.  There does not seem to be a section in any store devoted to middle aged pale women who are looking for something in a denim pantsuit.  Maybe with a nice t-shirt to go with.  And lots of draping fabric since my insurance doesn't cover the loss of eyesight for those who might glance my way.  Which they will because who isn't going to be staring at a middle aged paled woman in a denim pantsuit??????

On the knitting front, I seem to be having the same problem.  No.  I am not knitting a pantsuit.  That would be silly.  And the denim part would be tricky.  But I do seem to only be focusing on sweaters.  Big, bulky, pale-skin-hiding sweaters.  With extra length to hide the hindquarters.  And very long sleeves that have to be rolled up if I want to function in society like the two-handed person that I am.  

I have not made the transition to spring very well.  Nor have my hindquarters.  Thank heavens I've got a month to plan for this social event.  And lots of novelty t-shirts to wear in the interim...

SA


15 comments:

Yarnhog said...

Reading your post, I realized that (in a fit of internet "window" shopping) I just ordered a sleeveless linen sundress in a red, yellow, and teal madras plaid. Since my wardrobe runs almost entirely to loose black pants and handknit sweaters, I can only surmise that I have lost my mind.

Anne said...

How about traveling via browser to Coldwater Creek, especially the online outlet? They have solved many similar problems for me ....

Kath said...

I second the Coldwater Creek suggestion. And maybe check out Northstyle? Since we are heading into summer, the dressy pants ought to be on sale!

And on the knitting - so we're talking like a tunic, right? Loose, comfy, adequate coverage - works for me.

Mr. Cheddar said...

Oh Fluffy One, are you helping your Mom with these clothes conundrums? It appears that she will be requiring a feline's opinion to make the right choices, don't you agree? As for our Mom, the backview is not looking as it should. Need I say more. Headbonks!!!

Knitting Linguist said...

Maybe knitting a denim pants suit wouldn't be such a bad idea. I hear Rowan denim is nice...

Ronni said...

Speaking as a pale middle-aged woman who spends all her time in jeans and t-shirts (when I dress up my t-shirts don't have words on them and my jeans are darker and don't have holes), I like Territory Ahead better than Coldwater Creek. Coldwater Creek was too fancy for my taste. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Forget the denim...think Chanel. Classic, simple, quietly elegant...you don't have to pay the price - just pay attention to her style.

EGunn said...

I hear you! I have to get ready to look all professorish in the fall, and the clothes shopping is so much more likely to kill me than coming up with a syllabus. Good luck with the garment search! I'm sure there's something denim and suit-like out there...
=)

trek said...

I heard the word "sweater".

Okay, where are the pictures?

PS - I am currently garbed in my skinny jeans (new) and a light denim-blue polo shirt.

trek said...

From Land's End.

Cursing Mama said...

Ah sheepie - I think this calls for a DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See how excited I am for you! A dress from my favorite dress store - Ann Taylor!

debsnm said...

Blanket Coat - Knitters' Magazine, Winter 2006. It's a blanket, it's a coat, it's knit in almost 1 piece! What more could you ask? It's on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blanket-coat

Karen said...

I like to shop online at LL Bean. Have you looked there?

Yarnhog said...

Not that you ever seem at a loss for blogging ideas, but I've tagged you for a meme. See my blog for details if you want to play.

kmkat said...

My wardrobe seems to have that same problem. Where are the attractive summer tops with enough sleeve to cover the upper arms and enough length to camouflage the lower quarters? All I see are sleeveless tops and tops that are too darned short. Bring back winter, I say!

Wait, cancel that. Just let me design some summer clothes.