When I envisioned aging from a young age, I thought about wrinkles (as if that’s the worst part!). As I got older I realized there were other things that would happen – reduction in income, impossible to diagnose aches and pains and other unpleasant stuff.
I was well into my 60’s before I realized that much more dire things happened. Your arms start to flap in the breeze. What the heck happened to my energy? My interests changed. I get more agitated. (I know! Hard to believe.) People got dumber. I prefer my cats to people. (Oh wait! That’s always been true!) Worst of all, your friends die.
One thing I didn’t bet on was my internal thermostat going wonky. My fix was so “not me.”
When I worked, I had cute professional blazers, cardigans and other beautiful outer wear. If I was cold, I threw on a blazer. If I was hot, I took it off. Blazers go with everything from skirts and dress pants to jeans. If you had black, navy and camel, you were covered for every outfit.
Then I retired.
I was introduced to the best invention since sliced bread – the hoodie. They are cheap, washable and don’t wrinkle. You don’t spend a fortune dry cleaning. They can live in a heap and still look OK.
They come in all colors and degrees of thickness. Some are suitable for cold outdoors and some are lighter for indoors. (Did I mention they come in purple and hot pink?)
Since retirement I can’t remember the last time I wore a blazer. I gave most of mine away. I have “nicer” hoodies (on hangers) for dress and more “casual” ones (those are the ones that live in a heap) for just kicking around.
They last a long time before they are relegated to garden work (that never requires a hoodie). I don’t know how I lived without them!
How about you? What’s your “go to” piece of clothing? Or maybe the real question is what was your “aha!” moment recently?