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Old 12-28-2015, 12:06 PM   #21
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We had no choice!

I've always liked dressing for comfort so jeans/shorts and t-shirt was the dress after retiring. When I lost weight it was summer and I wore my old 38" inch relaxed fit shorts till they were falling off. We both went to goodwill and picked up two intermediate sized pair of shorts and jeans. Then as we found our new size(32 regular for me ), we both purchased a couple of pair of jeans. All my work dress pants gone. I did find a suit, must have been what I interviewed in 1984, it fits! Only I don't have a dress shirt anymore, my last one was an 18" neck(and too tight), that doesn't fit anymore. I lost a full 3" from my neck, too weird. So I have 3 jeans 2 sweats and zero shorts. DW'S closet is about the same, empty. Come next month we'll pick up some shorts, bathing suits etc. We already had to deal with belts, found some very nice coats we both had but couldn't wear! The local church was thankful for all the donations.
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Old 12-28-2015, 12:20 PM   #22
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I think downgrading wardrobe is fine as long as it's clean (so we can distinguish ourselves from the homeless).

And don't forget (well, more men than women but YMMV) to keep trimming hair in the nose and ears...

I wear jeans and t-shirts mainly (plus sweater when it's cold, etc)- shorts and T's in the summer time with Teva kind of sandals. I don't wear shoes with high heels at all any more.
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And don't forget (well, more men than women but YMMV) to keep trimming hair in the nose and ears...
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And don't forget to put on your glasses so you can see in the mirror what others might not want to see.

I bought us one of those magnifying mirrors so don't need the glasses:

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Just yesterday around noon the doorbell rang, so I got up from the computer and realized I couldn't answer the door in underwear

Had to put on a golf shirt and pants, so I could open the door.... too relaxed
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I was fortunate to have a job with a very relaxed dress code - so I was wearing crops, t-shirt or blouse, and flip flops prior to retirement.

Still wear the same except I wear jeans in the winter. (My development lab had crappy balance in the HVAC - and my bench was warm, but the bench 2 rows down was 62F.)

I dress clean and tidy - but casual. Although in the winter - I've been known to accidentally go out with slippers instead of flip-flops.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:39 PM   #26
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I used to have to wear a suit and tie to work but since then I've only worn them to weddings a funerals. DW has higher standards than me and insisted on replacing some old jeans with new ones a couple of months ago.

Summer: Jeans, sneakers, t-shirt inside and golf shirt outside.
Winter: Same, but flannel shirt over the t-shirt.
Very cold: Substitute insulated boots for sneakers.

And what is this "iron" thing mentioned?
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So far I've only worn pants twice this year (since February of 2015 when it was really cold). Both times to volunteer gigs as a member of the board. Otherwise, shorts every day. It almost got cold enough to put on pants (ie below freezing) but then it warmed back up.

DW is semi-retired and working from home part time, so her work clothes are t-shirt and shorts or jeans.

Definitely cuts down on laundry. But ironing? You can't cut anything when you're starting at zero.
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DW retired about 5 years ago from a District Manager job at a large RE company. She wore dress suits every day. Well, now it's pretty casual, although when we go out to visit friends or to a restraunt, she dresses up a bit (not ex-work clothes) and makes me go up a notch above my "Walmart people" attire.

But, and a big but,..........our very large master bedroom closet still has every stitch of clothing she has owned in the last 40 (?) years hanging in it. I have a space about 18" wide for all my clothes, and that includes two suits that don't fit anymore. She flat refuses to part with it. I'm not going to mention what's in the other closets and how many pairs of shoes go along with all of her stuff.
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My dress du jour is usually T shirt, shorts, footies, flip-flops and or sneakers. I'm not too choosey if things have a few small holes, etc. I'll still wear them and convince DW not to throw them out. We have a younger couple and the wife is always on me about my grandpa look. When she chided me about my worn tennis shoes I put duct tape on them just to get her reaction.

When I'm on the links, I'm one sharp dressed man though.

Back in the work days it was business casual and I still have a closet full of 30+ dress shirts and pants, plus a half dozen of so suits and sports coats that I really need to cull through.
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I think downgrading wardrobe is fine as long as it's clean...

If it stays in the hamper long enough, it's clean again...

If it needs ironing, it's going to Goodwill...

Summer: for public exposure, cargo shorts, tees, flip-flops. Maybe really dress it up with a polo shirt and running shoes. Gym trunks, no shirt at home.

Winter: Jeans, tees, sweatshirt or fleece pullover, maybe a flannel shirt. Sweatsuit and socks at home.

Dress Casual: Jeans, or khakis, polo, button-up shirt, maybe a sweater, loafers, or the occasional python boot...

Miscellaneous gym trunks, bike shorts, sport tees, thermals, jogging tights, swimming trunks. Several jackets/coats, a raincoat, and a down jacket. Have two suits, neither of which I could get into...

And one tie-dyed...
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I just finished a 10 day span where I only wore pajamas. When I went out, I wore carhartt coveralls over the pajamas. But normally I'm in jeans or shorts, t shirt or sweatshirt. Hiking boots or running shoes. I'm using my former work shirts for rags.
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Not caring about what I wear...

I dressed up for w@@k so I had high end suits, shoes and bags that I listed and sold on eBay. I kept one or maybe two pair of my favorite shoes (Christian Louboutin), four bags and zero of the suits.
I made a very nice pile of money.

With some of that, I bought casual stuff, jeans and such along with some semi dressy outfits for going out.

I do get dressed daily, hair done etc otherwise I feel sloppy. This might change....


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If you are tempted to spend your days in yoga pants and tops you need to watch this video .
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If you are tempted to spend your days in yoga pants and tops you need to watch this video .

I've seen that before and it's hysterical. I get someone dropping by the grocery on the way home from the gym but to wear workout gear all the time?
I was out to dinner with friends a few Saturdays ago at a fairly nice place, in walked a guy in a sport coat, slacks and the woman with him was in Luluemon yoga pants and a tank top. On Saturday night. For dinner. Ugh


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My new retiree uniform is a t-shirt, jean shorts and sandals during the summer and jeans and sneakers in the winter. Golf shirt and khaki shorts on golf days.

I do keep two business casual uniforms from w*rk days for weddings and funerals.
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Just yesterday around noon the doorbell rang, so I got up from the computer and realized I couldn't answer the door in underwear

Had to put on a golf shirt and pants, so I could open the door.... too relaxed

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Why can't one answer the door in underwear?
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"Pants? I don't need no stinkin' pants..."
So what are you suggesting, skirts with no undies?

As for me, I like sweat pants this time of year.
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About 5 years out of college, I wore mostly jeans and a tee shirt to work. Rare occasions like having a deposition would get me into a suit.
Shorts vs. full length jeans is more dependent on temperature.
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I find that dressing nicely when I am out of the house pays benefits in how I am treated in both business and personal contacts. Something just a bit 'eccentric' usually helps. But, just a very small bit.
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