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Old 03-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #41
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I've been living on small pension, then started 'harvesting' CD ladder, now feel somewhat obligated to draw on retirement accounts.

Anyone near Dayton Ohio want to help me shop for clothes?
Check out Chicos. Chico's - Women's Clothing & Accessories

I just looked at their store locator and they have two stores in Dayton. Not cheap, but very comfortable and flattering. They also have great accessories.

I particularly like the "travelers" clothing. Doesn't wrinkle, washes easily and oh so comfy.
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:28 PM   #42
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If I lived near Dayton I'd be on the shopping trip in a minute . Maybe we can have an online shopping trip ? Tell us what you want and the board women can help you find it and at a great price !Now if you want boots BBami is the one !
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I find it difficult to spend money on what I don't need.
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Well, have you ever splurged, Khan? I am proud to be frugal, most of the time that is, but I do splurge sometimes.

Talk about clothes, I do not really need much myself. With our weather here, perhaps all I need is a loin cloth like the aborigines!

No, I take that back. Those loin clothes look itchy.

Anyway, my point is that sometimes we buy things that we do not need but just to spice up life a bit. The spendthrifts tend to overdo it, but the chance of the posters here overspending is slim. Occasionally, I wonder what I have been saving for, what I want to get from my money other than the joy of counting it. So, I decided to see what RV travel is all about, and as I found out, it does not have to cost that much.
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Well, you do need some clothes. Get some that makes you feel good. Perhaps try some colors you haven't tried before. Here's some inspiration:
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I just picked the phrase "cruise to Hawaii" as something outrageously expensive that would be completely out of character for either one of us. Although in reality I guess it'd be better to fly especially after Nords's description of a week at sea. A trip to Hawaii really is on my "to do" list.

We do have a trip planned to Scottsdale, AZ. We won a three-night stay at the Phoenician resort there in a raffle and will extend that a few days. The raffle was the "tipping point" as we've kicked around the idea of doing something like that for a while anyway.
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I've been living on small pension, then started 'harvesting' CD ladder, now feel somewhat obligated to draw on retirement accounts.

Anyone near Dayton Ohio want to help me shop for clothes?
Khan, here's 2 articles that might be helpful.

How Does Clothing Enhance Body Proportions? | eHow.com

http://www.ehow.com/how_4768978_dres...ing-shape.html

- Determine your body type and look for styles that fit your particular build.
As an example...I am tall and large framed, with a slight pudge around my middle section, i.e. I do not have an hourglass figure.
I have to go with clothing styles that minimize a large upper torso and a trimmer lower body. For tops, I choose loose tops (vs clingy) and wear stretch slacks underneath, with a boot or flare cut. I rarely tuck them in. Pleated pants make my middle look heavier.
I never wear button down shirts closed. I wear a tight fitting camisole or tank top underneath and wear the shirt open over it. A round higher neckline (classic T shirt) makes my broad jaw look too wide and my neck too short. V necks and a lower round neckline (think Danskin) lengthen my neck. My calves are very thin, so capris make my thighs look heavier by comparison.
Skin tone is important for color selection. I have olive skin, so yellow, olive green, pale pink, white and brown are not in my wardrobe. Vivid colors work best for me.
- Hold a color up to your face in front of a dressing mirror to see what colors enhance your own skin tone.
- If there is a ladies' store nearby with clerks who give real personal service, it might be worth your while to go there and ask for advice.
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I find that if I dress nicely (don't always do that) I'm more confident and HAPPY - at least not depressed. It really helps in the wintertime...nice happy colors that remind you of better weather.
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Wear what makes you happy, Khan-- not what makes you remember the torturous shopping trip to acquire it.

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I find that if I dress nicely (don't always do that) I'm more confident and HAPPY - at least not depressed. It really helps in the wintertime...nice happy colors that remind you of better weather.
When I dress "nicely"-- you know, slacks with an aloha shirt, perhaps shoes and even socks*, I'm generally less happy and wishing that I was wearing shorts & t-shirt. I'm certainly not more confident if I'm trying to make sure that I don't slip on those slick soles or spill something on my finery.

But I do have to be careful when laundry day includes soiled rags as well as my usual favorite t-shirts. If I mix them up in the wash then it's hard to sort them when they come out of the dryer.

My idea of dressing nicely is choosing which rash guard to wear surfing...

* "Coat & tie" isn't dressing nicely-- that's just masochistic.
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My clothing "philosophy" is midway between Nords' and happy2bretired's.

Around the house, often I wear loose, comfortable, old, oversized t-shirts and shorts and barefoot. These clothes look pretty sloppy so I wouldn't even go out in the front yard dressed like this. But oh, the comfort.

When Frank and I get together, or when I go out, I wear much nicer, newer casual clothes. So, usually I change at least once during the day and do twice the laundry. I do feel more confident and prettier when I am dressed like in these nicer clothes. I wear New Balance running shoes when dressed like this, so I am not worried about slipping.

My nicer casual clothes are not expensive, so I am not freaked out about spilling things on them. I bought 1-2 dozen polo shirts of the brand that I like (usually $10-$20) for $1.44-$2.88 each on sale the month that I retired. What a find! So, if one gets stained and it doesn't come out in the wash, then it will make a nice rag and I just go on to the next one.

Oh - - and this morning I painted, and I have one t-shirt and one pair of shorts that are exclusively devoted to painting. That's a habit left over from having a separate set of clothes exclusively devoted to mud-sliding when growing up in Hawaii.
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