Bibliophile Lass (bibliogirl) wrote,
Bibliophile Lass

Clothes maketh the woman?

I was online a little earlier on, shopping for some new clothes... well, maybe "new" is a bit of a misnomer.

My everyday wardrobe is based around one particular type of Marks and Spencer stirrup pants. If they ever stop making those, I'm screwed; I've been wearing them for donkeys' years (no, no, not the same pair). Just ordered another three pairs. And some dull everyday black knickers.

It caused me to ponder on my wardrobe. It's dull, on a day-to-day basis. Leggings, T-shirt. Leggings, shirt. Leggings, jumper. Depends on the weather.

The dress code at my work is fairly minimal (not surprisingly, since I wrote it). "You must be dressed." We're not generally customer-facing and so casual dress is the order of the day. I can do business-smart if the occasion requires it, but it very rarely does.

I have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to clothes, I'm afraid. I grew up as a geek, and dressing up never actually gained me anything (except maybe people wondering what in gods' name I was wearing, and occasional sarcastic remarks). I have a bunch of nicer clothes, but not enough occasions on which to wear them. An occasion has to be fairly dressy for me to really go all out.

I don't do makeup, either. I feel silly wearing it. I can't wear much eye makeup because I wear contact lenses, and I've just never really got comfortable with foundation, lipstick, all that sort of stuff.

I just prefer comfortable - what can I say? I like stuff where I don't have to worry about it being too tight and outlining my rather-too-numerous curves. I like stuff where I don't have to worry about it getting creased within the first half-hour I'm wearing it. I don't like having to worry about snagging tights or stockings. I don't like having to worry if I've sweated through my blouse. I don't like having to shave my legs or armpits. I don't like having to consider the current state of my skin - zitty or not?

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a slob. Clean is a given. Whatever I'm wearing is likely also to be clean, and probably not to have more than the appropriate number of holes in it. But beyond that it doesn't much matter to me what it is.

Also, being a generously-curved sort, actually finding stuff which is interesting and which fits is often tricky. There are a few shops which occasionally have decent stuff in, but not really the mainstream. Marks & Sparks mostly have stuff which fits my bottom half but are sketchy on the top half (since I live for baggy). Evans are okay but tend to have availability and quality issues. (Someone tell Lane Bryant to expand to the UK? I'd be there like a shot.)

And nobody, really, gives a damn anyhow. My beloved knows what's under whatever I'm wearing in any case, and is usually the person with me on those rare occasions when I do dress up. So far as I can tell, what I'm wearing has historically made little difference to whether someone is interested in me (in a sexual manner).

I'll stick with 'comfortable'. And, mostly, 'dull'. It keeps me warm, it stops me scaring people when I leave the house, and it is unlikely to have people shouting names after me in the street...
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