Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Clothing Diary Week 9

Some clarification is needed about how often I wear gym clothes, and where. Yes, I probably have gym clothes on EVERY day of the week - 6 days a week maybe at a minimum. BUT!!! I don't wear them outside of my building unless I'm running outdoors. The gym where I workout is in my basement; residents of my building see me in all of my athletic glory (ahem...), and I might stop at the grocery store in the basement of my building after I've worked out (yes, my building has a grocery store. And a dry-cleaner...) but that's as far as it goes. 

Wearing gym clothes frequently is NOT an excuse to be wandering the streets in tons of too tight, too thin, or too brief clothing. Frankly, on any given day on the streets of Chicago, I see FAR too much of the intimate details of female genitalia. I'd hesitate to wear something like that to the gym; I can't imagine being out in public while revealing that much about my personal bits and pieces...


scarf - Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, earrings - Majorica, tee shirt - Lands' End,
cardigan - Eileen Fisher, skirted leggings - Eileen Fisher, boots - Munro

earrings - Judith Jack (similar here), cashmere turtleneck - Milan (similar here), scarf - street vendor,
jeans - Eileen Fisher, shoes - Munro

earrings - Majorica, cardigan - Lands' End, brooch - vintage (similar here), shirt - Lands' End,
slouch pants - Eileen Fisher, flats - Thierry Rabotin

earrings - Rika (similar here), tee shirt - Lands' End, sweatshirt - Lands' End,
waxed cotton jeans - Eileen Fisher, shoes - Munro

This shirt, from Orvis, is exquisite. The trim is cut on the bias - who DOES that anymore?  And it's on sale below half price...

earrings - similar here, silk shirt - Orvis, necklace - vintage (similar here),
ballet flats - Thierry Rabotin, black capris - Eddie Bauer

Lots of Maltese Cross jewelry here!  Does anybody else have a recurring accessory motif?

love,
Janice

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17 comments:

  1. Bias trim, darts, lapped zippers...this is why I sew for myself. It's almost impossible to find these kinds of details anymore, unless you care to take out a second mortgage.


    I love the black & white blouse with the red cardigan too!

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  2. I have several pieces of fleur-de-lis jewellery. As far as I am concerned "leggings are not pants". Gym clothes should definitely cover
    "the bits".

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  3. Thank you for another week of what you wore. Your wardrobe is so similar to mine that I find this most helpful. I don't have a Land's End cardigan, but I am looking at them. I would prefer a cotton cardigan with three quarter sleeves though--our weather is quite warm and shorter sleeves would be more useful in spring/summer.

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    1. You could check out Boden for this. Sale right now.

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    2. Woolovers.com has short sleeve cotton cardigans. I am coveting their green one.

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  4. I really like your Maltese cross jewelry, it is an elegant design. The bracelets are particularly attractive to me because the wearer can enjoy the design as much as the observer.
    Totally agree with you about the aesthetics of gym wear. I go to classes and sometimes I don't know where to look!

    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. I've found that the older a woman is at the LA Fitness where we go, the more she covers up and the looser her gym clothes are. The females and males of any age with lots of tattoos tend to be the ones who wear the least, I assume to show off their body art. Maybe it's our brutal sun, but I don't see many scantily clad people out and about here in Tucson. My husband and I wear T-shirts (his is long-sleeved) and long pants for our workouts, so we show nothing, any time of year. Depending on the gym, I think there's a kind of uniform that is acceptable, just like for people's lives outside the gym. I suspect that the folks who participate in hot yoga might wear a little less than we do and that would be okay there. On the opposite side of the coin, the trophy girlfriend of one of the high mucky-mucks came one day to work out with him at noon in my company's gym near Seattle. She was scantily clad in the "where to look" style. He was told that unless she covered up a LOT more, she would not be allowed to join him in the future. Funny, we never saw her again.

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  5. Love the red combo...with the black and white.
    Yikes kidney stones....ouch I hope you have not been suffering.
    Your building has so many great amenities...I think good gym wear is as important as the instructor!

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  6. This is a great series as it really illustrates how little you need to create a stylish wardrobe. The new scarf is beautiful! Maryann

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  7. I have struggled to find gym wear that is comfortable, appropriate and modest but still works for weight training and aerobics, where you need flexibility and they wick sweat. Don't want to show my belly...or upper arms for that matter. But I don't want to wear sweats either. Those of us who need the gym most need help.
    Suggestions? Styles, brands?

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    1. I have found that tops made of bamboo and cotton are a good mix for keeping me cool while I do my aerobics classes. Short sleeves are better than no sleeves, and the bamboo/cotton blend does wick, which is quite nice.

      I buy the majority of my workout clothes at TJ Maxx, although I bet Marshalls would have an equally nice selection.

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    2. Soybu has a lot of great stuff- and they just added a plus sized line if anyone needs it!

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  8. I only wear my gym clothes to the gym and to walk the dog. I walk the dog when I get home from work, and will spend the rest of the evening at home in my workout gear provided I don't go anywhere else.

    I spend a fair amount of time around college students. I am always surprised by what the young women wear, especially to their on-campus jobs. I'm not expecting them to wear a business suit, but leggings with a short top always strikes me as a little too casual for the majority of student employment jobs.

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  9. My recurring theme is Japanesque. Especially Cranes and Scenery in marcasite.

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    1. What a great, very specific, theme! It's wonderful that you've found something so beautiful that attracts you so much.

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  10. Awesome fashionable clothing it's looking so nice.Thanks for shraing nice dress y back tank tops.

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