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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 life."

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 casual wear.

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 the gym.

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 opinion ( The 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 - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!



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