Dress Down...but not Out!
by Nikki Willhite
I remember years ago on the television Seinfeld Show Jerry
criticizing George because he went around in his sweats. His words
were something to the effect of "You look like you've given up on
Sweats can look bad, especially when they are worn a few times,
and the knees become baggy. However, they are extremely
comfortable, and a lot of us like to wear them around the house.
All knit pants can look rather grungy, if they are not
clean and if they are drooping. If I am feeling crummy, I will go out
in sweats. Otherwise, I reach for my jeans.
Here are some tips to make dressing down look look like you are
"still in the game."
Wear casual jeans or twill type pants, instead of sweats when
you leave the house.
Light denim is more informal than dark denim. Wear your light
blue jeans to activities like soccer games, and reserve the
darker, and usually better fitting darker jeans for more formal
Never wear wrinkled clothing. Nothing says frumpy more than
wrinkles. Even inexpensive shirts look nice when clean and crisp.
Knit shirts with collars (polo shirts), are more formal then plain t-shirts.
A pair of dark jeans, with a crisp white shirt and a blazer
is "casual best." Wear dark socks. White socks look like you are headed for
Don't forget the jewelry. A casual necklace or pair of earrings
complete an outfit and make your casual look complete.
Finally- if you like hoodies, wear them. In my humble
Housewife Hoodie) ...they look fine with jeans.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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