Trendy, comfort outfit appropriate for today’s casual era

Sault Star columnist Nadine Robinson compares today’s fashion with the etiquette of yesteryear.

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I was heading over to a friend’s house the other day to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. I started wondering what would be proper dress etiquette in this case because last time they gave me a hoodie and shorts to change into so could I show up in my own comfort ?

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Growing up, I was not allowed to leave the house in sweatpants. It wasn’t formal enough attire for the unwashed masses, even Walmart locals. That said, Walmart wasn’t in my town when I was the age where I was told what I could or couldn’t wear.

We also never had a discussion about yoga pants/tights as it was a trend that hadn’t started yet. Back then tights were tights, usually translucent and with ugly cotton gussets, with full feet as well. You would never leave the house wearing only these “tights”.

A friend’s teen recently told me that the “old” woman she worked for told her she could no longer wear yoga pants/tights to work. The teenager was surprised. “What am I going to wear, if I can’t wear jeans and I can’t wear tights?”

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My closet has this answer. I have a row of dress pants hanging with dust that has collected on the top edge of the hanger from lack of use lately, especially since pants were optional for online meetings all throughout the pandemic. Nowadays, when I dress casually, I pull off that rack or sometimes wear colored jeans or dressy cargo pants, often black, beige or burgundy.

On weekends and evenings, break out jeans (including ripped ones) and activewear, including jogging or yoga pants with hoodies or t-shirts.

It seems odd that my brain was trying to decide whether I should wear comfortable pants with no holes or less comfortable jeans with holes and rips. All that decision-making in the name of getting dressed to leave the house. How come holey pants even exist in Northern Ontario, let alone anywhere? It seems absurd to generally pay more for pre-damaged jeans.

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(I realize how good I sound writing this, and I almost hear my grandfather say the exact same thing, but in his refined British accent. Again, he was wearing a shirt and jumper- over when dressed at home.)

I also remember being told “blue and green must never be seen” and that’s another rule that seems to have been dropped. One of my favorite outfits is a pair of dark jeans and a forest green “momma bear” shirt.

How about “no white pants after Labor Day”? Is it still a thing? Personally, I don’t have white pants for practical reasons.

I’m generally “wear darker pants than shirts”, “match your belt to your shoes”, and “never wear white socks with dark pants”. Also, in professional situations, I will not wear a cap or logo clothing unless we are on a golf course. I believe less is more with makeup, and I prefer disposable fashionable quality clothes.

That said, I did wear the sweatpants to go watch the movie in a couch cocoon, but stopping at the store for some snacks was a bridge too far.

Nadine Robinson’s column airs most Saturdays. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @theinkran.

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