|Too dressed up (Thanks, Mom)|
As far back as I can remember, I’ve worn shirts. Not blouses, not tee shirt, shirts. As the youngest and only girl, I was sometimes dressed in my brother’s hand-me-downs, paired with what we then called dungarees, and I preferred them to the fussy clothes my mother would lovingly sew for me. I eschewed tiny buttons, ruffles, and (horrors) crinolines.
It is no wonder then, that now that I am out of the workplace where I once sported suits (remember Dress for Success?), silky blouses with bows at the neck (the ’80, yeah), pumps, pantyhose, dresses and skirts, I now stick to comfortable shirts. Now that I am either retired, or part of the gig economy, (depending on how you look at it), I work at home, in the comfort of my own office – dressed in shirts.
|Me, happy in a paisley shirt!|
I do have a few shirts made for women, but I avoid those that are weird, with oddly placed pockets, strange darts, embellished collars, or those awful tiny buttons. Most I own are men’s shirts. I look for patterns; paisley is my favorite. They are few and far between but I’ve hit pay dirt a time or two. I usually stay away from stripes and plaids, so that helps me narrow the field down significantly. Solids come down to fabric. I prefer a high proportion of cotton or linen, and any I can find on the rack that have a soft feel might persuade me. I do have one plaid shirt I wear for my grandson who loves plaid.
This week I looked at one of my favorite shirts as I donned it for the day. It’s one I bought maybe 15 years ago when a local department store went out of business. The collar is beginning to fray. I almost panicked. I eventually wear out all my favorite shirts and jackets at the collar and I hate it. So much so that I have a laundry basket filled with old shirts with tattered collars I keep thinking I will somehow fix. This discovery of this newest defect told me it was time to hit Goodwill and Salvation Army. I scored! One paisley in a dull green/grey I wear well, a red shirt in a tiny check that just looks sharp, and one in a very soft cotton with a feather motif. Love ‘em!
My pet peeve in men’s shirts is the permanently stiff collars and cuffs. Why do they do that? Ugh. I have a few shirts like that but I don’t wear them often. Mostly they remind me of people, so I keep them.
So today, among the things for which I am grateful, are my shirts, garments that fit me to a T.