During my retail management career, I worked for several department stores. In those days we had a Smart Casual Department right next to the Missy Department. Today the Department stores are set up much differently by micro shops according to the designer or brand name, which makes shopping for specific items much more challenging and time-consuming. That is one of the many reasons I buy online so often now. I don’t have time to wander around in a two-acre store looking for a long sleeve top that doesn’t show my tummy each time I lift my arms. (Thank you Covered Perfectly!)
If you are retired now, your wardrobe needs may be much different than when you went to work every day. Many of you have asked me to show some less dressed up looks, so today I am showing you what I wear on my most casual days while staying home or maybe going to the grocery store and running errands. This time of year, I wear a pair of soft jeans or stretchy jeggings with a long sleeve tee and a lightweight knit cardigan with slip on sneakers during the day. When I need to run an errand such as going to the grocery store, I can throw on a scarf and a jacket to stay warm and look more put together. Note that I am carrying a small casual crossbody bag with this casual look. The scale and the attitude complement the casual footwear. Another plus for using this type of small bag is that it leaves my hands free to shop for groceries. The current way of styling is to carry a bag in an accent color rather than matching the color of your shoes. I’ve read that matching your shoes to your handbag can age you by at least ten years.
If you choose well, a limited number of clothes can serve all your needs. You don’t need three different wardrobes. We are working on producing a video and a blog post to show you how to take the same clothing from casual to office appropriate, to dressed for going out to dinner.