Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pushing the Fashion Envelope

One of my goals for the new year is to step up my everyday attire a notch.

When I was shopping the outlets with my daughters and MIL in Texas, I bought a beautiful silk twinset, and a great winter white quilted vest lined with fur. I was knitting Sizzle, and bought yarn for Eiffel.

I thought to myself - what am I doing? Where am I ever gonna wear all this stuff? I'm casual, everyone I know is casual, my church is casual.... I hang with a jeans-and-t-shirt crowd, and sit in my own little office in my house and type most of the day....

I don't dress up much.

But I could. Why not? Why not put on a nice fitting pair of jeans or slacks and maybe this.... just because I want to. Just because it makes me feel good.

So what if it makes the kids nervous if I put on anything other than jeans and my Cons, or Vans.... or worse, my Crocs. "Where are you going?" Even my hubby will ask, "What did you do today?" Oy, I've set a VERY casual precedent for myself.

My goal this year is to kick it up a notch. Dress up more for church and Bible study. Get out of the Old Navy T's more often, even for just hanging around the house. I'm gonna take better care of myself. I'm worth it.

It's amazing how lazy I get with my appearance when I'm not happy with my weight... but now that some of the pounds are coming off it's just as amazing how quickly I remember that I LIKE clothes, and looking nice, instead of "just getting dressed" every morning. Even if it's casual, I still put a little more thought into it.

The kids will get used to it. The hubby will like it. And it opens a whole new world of knitting. I'm pretty excited! And you get to come along for the ride :o)


Pattern: Sizzle. Great pattern, quick knit!!
Yarn: KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Sea Spray (not thrilled with the yarn, unevenly spun, with uneven color, and even unattractive slubs of fluff), approximately 750 yards.
Size: Medium, although it's a little big (get me!, even I'm surprised with that).

And, although the kids can deal with me dressing up, Kaity's first words on seeing this were, "Mom, I'm not comfortable with that much cleavage." - So, yes, it's an amazing and sexy low neckline, but I'll probably be wearing it with the camisole. I can only push the envelope so far, so fast.

38 Comments:

At 10:09 AM, Blogger mary said...

Sizzle looks great on you! Congrats on deciding to do what makes *you* feel good and feel good about yourself. If I don't make an effort to look good, I become a couch potato. When people comment that I'm sooooo dressed up wearing a skirt, I tell 'em it takes as much time to put on a skirt as it does sweats. Hurray for you!

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger miss88keys said...

What a great first project for 2007!! It looks beautiful on you!

That just may be something I should knit for my upcoming trip to Hawaii. If you had it to do over again, what yarn would you have used?

By the way, you look fab! You're weight loss is inspirational!

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger chrispy said...

Awesome Sizzle. I love your goal about more than jeans and a T. I have heard that if you dress nice now and feel good in what you wear that you will be more motivated to lose weight. I know the days I feel frump that I am not interested in eating like a good girl.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger jillian said...

You look fabulous in Sizzle. You are Sizzling! Pardon that pun, please. And what a great resolution! Keep the cleavage for DH :)

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Sizzle looks great on you! I love it! But, alas, I also love my Old Navy t-shirts, sweats and jeans. I feel dressed up just putting on a nice sweater with clean, unwrinkled jeans. Sad, I know.. but I spend most days at home with 5 boys with dirty fingers. But you're inspiring me. I can certainly dress up a bit when we do go out, even on field trips or whatever.

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

chrispy is right ... if you dress nicer, you have a reason to eat better making you feel better about yourself. In fact it even helps to get you to stand up straighter, pull your shoulder back. So toss back those shoulders, show off what you have [even if it's just for the DH] and a little white T under Sizzle is still taking it up a notch. *smile*

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

wowsa girl! You look great! Sizzle looks fab on you, great knit : )

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous ruth said...

Wow it looks really great on you!!

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous jennifer said...

sizzle indeed - looks great!!!

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

Sizzling indeed! You look fabulous! When you feel good, evething around you just seems to run a bit better, good for you to turn it up a notch ;).

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRAVO!!!! Why not be "well-dressed casual". Sizzle looks awesome on you. Keep up the good work!

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous lc said...

As it was ever so!

You always had great style, I always coveted your clothes!

Sizzle is awesome...I think you need to knit it again in a "revved up" color. Imagine Kaity if you had "that" cleavage AND a sizzle red color! Oh, her poor SPLEEEN!!!

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

oh you really sizzle in this. Lovely colour! Funny, but I've also been thinking about trying to have a more polished look both at work and after work :)

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger amylovie said...

You need to work the no-cami. If you got it, flaunt it!

Amy

 
At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Sizzle looks so good, and I don't think the cleavage is too much, but I can see my daughter saying something similar :-)
I made a similar goal for this year, to treat myself a bit better and look nicer.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger Gone Knitting said...

Lynda, That sweater looks fantastic on you! Not too much cleavage! It would look good with a nice crisp white T-shirt under it too. Something like a Velvet or 3 dot is worth the investment since you want to step it up. I am in the same boat with not wanting to dress up at home. I have this make up that I use w/ some lip gloss as a quick fix to feeling put together. Gina at Life in LaLaLumay Land told me about this book
Nothing to Wear?: A Five-Step Cure for the Common Closet You are such a fantastic knitter so the possibilities are countless!

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Gone Knitting said...

Sorry I messed up on my comment. I wanted to tell you that the book really motivated me and gave me a focus.

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

It looks fabulous on you Lynda! I've vowed to step up my wardrobe too...I'm a jeans/tshirt/sneakers kind of girl too and I want to look nicer. I want to fix myself up, make myself more presentable...maybe then I can find myself a man ;o) hehehe.

 
At 6:21 PM, Anonymous mom said...

Looking good!

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

LOOK at you Lynda! Wowza! I mean, it's a lovely sweater Lynda ;-) NOT! I mean WOWZA! (lol)

Okay, enough gushing! I totally know what you mean about the "dressing nicer" business. That's EXACTLY what my post was about the other day -- it's easy to get a little TOO lax about dressing up (or dressing at all) when you work from home, isn't it?

Welcome back home, although I'm sorry I couldn't meet up with you while you were in Texas. Hopefully next time!

 
At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kinda like the cami look these days even though I can't pull it off! I think it looks great both ways! I heard you lost 14 lbs - just wanted to let you know that I found it and you can have it back!!
How?

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

You look great! And I love the color you chose for Sizzle. Kaity's comment really made me laugh. :)

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous C. A. said...

Wow, you look great in Sizzle! What's your secret to losing the pounds. Running, weights, starvation?

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Lynda said...

Thanks all... for those who have asked, the "secret" to my recent weight loss is my First Place
Bible study. The link is on my side bar.

 
At 4:31 AM, Anonymous Lynne said...

OH MY GOODNESS! Lynda, you need to show yourself off a bit more! You look awesome, Sizzle is incredible (I'd go for the cami, too) and there is nothing wrong with taking it up a notch even when you're home alone...it kicks things up a bit, if you know what I mean, wink, wink. You look great, and congratulations on your continued weight loss!

 
At 6:58 AM, Blogger Brenda said...

Lookin' good, Lynda! Heh - I know about casual - I'm in PJs and Ts anytime I'm at home... and since I'm a bit of a hermit and don't go out a lot, that's a LOT of casual!!

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger mrspao said...

Sizzle looks fantastic! It's nice to dress up - I try and make an effort from time to time and I love it when my husband tells me I look beautiful :)

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Sizzle looks gorgeous on you! I'm a firm believer that you should wear what makes you feel comfy. If it's time to "dress-up" a little, go for it!

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! I'm feeling awefully tempted to make one and have forwarded the pattern and your post to my Mom so that maybe she'll be tempted as well!

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous JessaLu said...

You and Sizzle both look fantabulous!

 
At 7:03 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Just wondering about the Count Your Socks contest...is that still on? Not that I have the most socks done or anything...but am curious.

 
At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are looking SKINNY, woman! Hot, hot hot. I'm of the casual sort too. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and think "Who's the dumpy chick? Oh. It's me. Dang." Your inspiring me!

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make that "You're" inspiring me.

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

Looks fabulous - still casual enough, but definitely dresses up well! Great! And welcome back!

 
At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am in the club of overly casual moms too. You would think with the reaction I get from everyone when I actually dress up that I wander out in public in holey pj's most days.

You look great! Show it off, girl! Sizzle definitately works on you.

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger Donna Boucher said...

Your weightloss is showing :o)

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger Katie said...

Wow, Lynda, you definitely sizzle in that! It's gorgeous.

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Mercy's Mama said...

"mom, I'm not comfortable with that much cleavage." Your daughter is a riot. But you'd probably say the same to her!

 

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