Sunday, January 29, 2006

Wardrobe overhaul required

Since I became a work-at-home mom two years ago — two and a half if you count the six months I worked from home for the company that had employed me in the office for 15 years — my summer work wardrobe has expanded but my winter apparel has gone steadily downhill. I wore a lot of long skirts during the winter when I was in the office — business casual, my office-employee husband says its called — but it is a lot harder to slip into a skirt and flats after shedding comfy warm fleece and fuzzy slippers, my inside work uniform of late.

As a result, I've been wearing a forgiving pair of black pants and my walking shoes a lot lately when I go out in public. I've almost completely gotten out of the business casual zone but my pants are starting to look really worn and I realized the other day I really do need some new work clothes.

It just so happens that a friend of mine in town this past week wanted some other friends and I to take her to a particular thrift store that I had never been to, or at least I couldn't remember going in recent years. Boy, what I had been missing out on. The clothing was hung and shelved not only by gender but by size. I found that entirely impressive.

The quality of the garments (as in very gently used and washing-machine clean) along with the prices was astounding. I purchased three skirts, two tops and one pair of pants for myself, all of which will be great for work except one lined skirt, and two dresses for my girls, all for the paltry sum of $6.50. Unbelievable! What is more incredible is that everything, and I mean every single thing, fit perfectly and looked good on me.

Needless to say, I'm definitely going back to that thrift store within the next few days. Now I just have to collect up some clothing to donate when I go so I'll have some room in my closet and drawers for new stuff when I get back!

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