With so many “styles” of dressing, I thought to touch base on one that I created just this weekend. I call it “The Refined Slob” style of dressing.
Now hear me out on this one. I’m not speaking of the pigs who travel in pajama bottoms and bare feet. Lord knows, how and why the airlines allow this sort of slovenly mode of underdressing to be acceptable on flights. I don’t care if it’s domestic or transatlantic. I don’t want to see the bottom of your pjs, with skid marks passing me by as I sit in the air, nor do I want to see your fungus-laden feet anywhere near my person.
I don’t care if you are Snooky, or a fellow traveler or Britney Spears–if you are out in public dressed like this you are not a refined slob. You are a disgusting slob. There IS a difference.
Shakira–honey, I’m usually barefoot as well. But my feet are clean. Unfortunately, I am the airline passenger who is seated either next to or across from the traveler with unwashed and fungus laden feet.
And we are all aware of that next level of “office casual” style and how it’s been thrown down the toilet. I, as well as many others, still dress up for work.
And even with Office Casual, I manage to dress appropriately!
No. I’m talking about home style. And I don’t mean homestyle cooking or home décor. I’m opining on how I, and perhaps you dress within the confines of your dwelling.
This is not about my home decor!
Inasmuch as I love dressing when I exit my home, the second I arrive from where I’ve been, I transform into a slob.
It’s true. The bra comes off as I close the front door. And as I run up the stairs, the hair comes off. And as I run of the second flight of stairs the wig cap comes off. And finally, as I enter into our bedroom, the drawers come off—which, I might add is far easier when I’m wearing a skirt or dress!
Look closely. It’s inside out!
And in the place of the clothing I stripped, on goes, as of the present, a dirty, loose and out-of-shape, old midi dress that I purchased some years ago at Gap. Bonaparte, by accident, put it in the dryer and it shrunk in length.
Hair and undies come off and the slob attire is donned!
The dress is a navy frock with thin white stripes and short sleeves. It is stained with everything from toothpaste to last week’s dinner. There are makeup smears on it too.
And I usually wear it inside out because I’m too damned lazy to turn it to its rightful side. That’s the way I am.
Spilled upon, stained, out-of-shape, shrunken in length and inside-out. My favorite “at home” frock!
On one hand, I’m fastidious about the way my tee-shirts are ironed and folded and on the other hand, my at-home mode of dress should be condemned!
I’ve had this “Fold Away” for over 20 years. It helps me to fold shirts perfectly….
….and look how perfectly folded they are–and yet, I’m a slob!
But that’s changed. And I have now invented a new style of dressing: The Refined Slob
Yes. It’s casual and super-comfy and inexpensive. But yet, it isn’t the modern slob look of filthy pajama bottoms worn out in public. There are no bodily fluids on display to thoroughly disgust spectators.
No spit that’s traveled across the room and unto my clothing! I’m a refined slob!
It’s all good!
While at Walmart last week, I had an epiphany of sorts. It happened when I spotted a pair of plaid leggings for the price of $4.44. Yes. Under five bucks. PLAID!! Plaid leggings that I could not resist.
$4.44 at Walmart! Can you believe it?
And hanging on display next to the plaid gorgeousness, a pair of leggings in an oversized black and white houndstooth print. I was shook!
And these classy leggings were the same price!
I purchased both pairs for a grand total of $8.88 (Thank you, Walmart for pricing your products so well that those of us not gifted in math can figure out the price of multiples in our heads)
The Refined Slob can be barefoot at home–as long as she’s clean and looks lovely enough to cook messy foods in!
Now, I realize that many would look down upon me for giving into the fast fashion notion. However, this is not about fashion. Rather, this is about how I dress—or undress, in the comfort of my own home.
Seriously. I dig my Refined Slob look! I would even venture outside of my home in this getup!
This is for me when I’m cooking or cleaning or relaxing. I’m certainly not going to wear my leopard Number Two Pencil Skirt from J. Crew whilst baking with flour, butter and sugar.
This is for the office. Not for home attire!
Nor am I going to put a good dress on to whip up a liquid sauce. I spill. A lot.
June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson and Donna Reed may have worn this to cook and clean but Cathe Lartigue does not! This was my Birthday suit!
These are outfits I can mess up, wash and wear again around my home until they fall apart at the seams.
I made Weight Watcher–OOPS–I mean, WW 2-Ingredient bagels while dressed like this today!
These are outfits I can sit comfortably on the loveseat in my sunroom while reading a book.
And there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with buying the cheap goods to mess around your house in.
This Refined Slob look can also be brought up a notch to wear while out and about to run errands.
This Refined Slob is a headed out!
If you are like me, you might like to keep an outfit in the family of similar hues or color. I don’t like too much color going on when I’m out. I like my denim jeans paired with a navy blazer. I usually wear olive green with camel. I stick to what’s safe and what makes a leaner line.
This fabulous Scout Jacket from Old Navy. It was $15 on Friday. On Saturday it was $34.99 and no matter which price, it’s a great casual running-around jacket!
Anyway, I spotted a jacket in an Old Navy ad that I received. Old Navy named this jacket the “Scout” Jacket. It’s a basic utility jacket and comes in an assortment of colors. I was drawn to the Olive green one. Simply because I have olive green pants and a pair of Camo jeans that I picked up at Old Navy last year. I figured it would give both the camo and olive-green pants a bit more of a uniform color look when I am out and about.
This is a wonderfully pulled-together ensemble for the Refined Slob style!
And in this ad, the jacket was advertised for $15 during a one-day sale. I high-tailed it to Old Navy and made the purchase.
I tried on the Medium and the Large and ended up going with the large. Old Navy has inconsistent sizing and this jacket was true to the brand’s sizing. The Medium had an overall more flattering fit but was tight in the arms. The large was a better choice—especially if wearing a heavier top underneath.
I sized up to a Large and am glad I did!
See what I mean about Refined Slob style? You can still be a natural slob but can look refined at the same time!
This may very well be my new “uniform”!
To see these outfits in action, have a look at the fun YouTube video I did earlier today!! What say you? Do you have a bit of the Refind Slob inside you?