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Does anyone else have just 2modes of dress sense?

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TeaAddict235 Sat 22-Aug-15 15:03:33

I can do smart for work/going out and snobby (around the house), but really can't do in between, I.e. smart casual or normal-neat. Does anyone else have this odd fashion sense, and if so how do you rectify it?

Disclaimer: my world prior to DC was work, now its house& toddler groups, hence the two dress modes. I just seem to 'mothball' all smart items for when I go back to work, but inevitably end up wearing a few bits for when I need to go out somewhere where grown ups are in the majority number. This leads to me looking like an overdressed Christmas tree or a slob. sad

please advise

TeaAddict235 Sat 22-Aug-15 15:04:19

*slobby for around the house!! gahh, if only

StayWithMe Sat 22-Aug-15 15:10:24

grin snobby

I was very impressed for a minute there!

I live in jeans and tops, then fancy for the rare night out. I have some dressy/casual clothes but they're never out if the wardrobes.

Judydreamsofhorses Sat 22-Aug-15 15:20:39

I am either "on" or "off", no middle ground. On is the same with different actual clothes for work/not work, so dresses with opaques and brogues, skinny jeans with nice top and brogues or Chelsea boots, always red lipstick. Off is pyjama type clothes, which I don't sleep in but put on pretty much as soon as I get in. I am currently wearing some v attractive leopard print Primark numbers and it's after 3pm. (My partner is a lucky, lucky man!)

squizita Sat 22-Aug-15 15:30:12

Alternative casual
All out slightly retro glam

My big problem is 90% of my time is doing stuff that 1 and 2 fit ... but most of my wardrobe upstairs and make up is the third! grin I blame pinterest.

A good tip is jersey dresses and skirts - they feel like tshirts but look much smarter.

jellyjiggles Sat 22-Aug-15 18:45:09

Yep I'm either in slobby everyday gardening/cooking/kids clothes or I look like I'm going out for dinner or to an interview.

I simply can't do casual. I try but I even manage to make jeans look posh.

It's a running joke with my friends that jelly simply can't do a pub outfit smile

leadrightfoot Sat 22-Aug-15 18:57:28

Dog walk / garden / house cleaning

Simply as 2 requires waterproof and weather proof type clothing

Emochild Sat 22-Aug-15 19:10:14

I used to be a kitchen showroom manager so work wear was full business suits, heels etc

Home is skinny jeans and a hoody or pj bottoms and a hoody if i'm not going out

I'm now half way through training as a primary teacher and when I'm in school I'm constantly being asked if I'm being observed or if I have an interview -I have no idea how to tone my workwear down!

CointreauVersial Sat 22-Aug-15 19:11:53

I can do "work", I can do "casual", (and I can most certainly do "slob") but I am rubbish at smart/going-out/wedding/party wear.

I never seem to have the right clothes or shoes, and everyone else seems to have got the look right, and I haven't.

squizita Sat 22-Aug-15 21:18:25

Emo the foot pain will have those heels eventually she says from bitter experience I was like you and now I own (gasp) corduroy blazers and (double gasp) brogues for work. grin grin grin

TeaAddict235 Sat 22-Aug-15 21:46:31

that's it coin, I always feel and look like I didn't get the memo. I turn up to Rhyme time looking and feeling either underdressed or overdressed, then go to meet old colleagues and feel like i've stepped out of a time warp. My go to clothes are jeans and a t-shirt, but recently I heard two neighbours saying "did you think that Tea was a such and such? you could never tell!' as I was scurrying everything into the car one morning, and I thought, hmmm I probably don't look at all convincing as a professional in my slobby home clothes blush

PennyPants Sun 23-Aug-15 08:56:55

I'm smart for work-easy.
Casual at weekends including going out which is mostly to watch bands, drink with friends, meal with family/dh - no problem.
Odd posh event- OK I have 2 dresses, jackets, nice shoes etc.
I can't seem to do in between the last two. I'm always stumped. I don't want to be over or underdressed or look like I'm going to work. I've always thought it just doesn't exist for my style.

stardusty5 Sun 23-Aug-15 09:05:38

I'm always in pj bottoms and hoodies at home too!

I tend to find that my 'everyday work', and 'smart casual' overlaps a lot just with different make up and shoes. I wear navy trousers a lot for work so that the same top can be worn at the weekend with jeans.

Problem comes if i'm ever socialising with collegues then i realise i have no clothes!

BoskyCat Sun 23-Aug-15 09:33:00

I have 3:

Scruffy/casual/quirky – for everyday, working (work at home), school pickups, shops, nights out, holidays etc.

Posh - for weddings, work meetings, funerals – but this is once in a blue moon and even then posh shoes elude me. I have v big, wide feet and just can't get "ladylike" women's shoes I like, so it's usually boots or sandals.

Lounge - PJs and cardigans, for evenings in.

I have so little occasion to do "smart casual", I've never bothered with it. Not even really sure what it would look like on me.

ThursdayLastWeek Sun 23-Aug-15 09:36:26

I really only do casual.
I've never had a job that required any other than a uniform.
I never really go out to places that have dress codes.
My DH works from home and had customers coming to the house so I can't quite turn into total slob grin

I8toys Sun 23-Aug-15 13:22:03

I have 4

School run/working at home
Slob not going out/not meant for eyes to see
Gigs - rock chick type clothin

violetwellies Sun 23-Aug-15 14:14:56

Okay so I am sat here in sports bra, knickers and work boots wondering what to put on.
I can do scruff and to stop myself going to meet DP and Ds and Dp's relatives in ultra scruff, I have taken my 15 year old Baden Powell style shorts off and put them in the washing machine.
I'm now stumped.

violetwellies Sun 23-Aug-15 14:16:50

I have a horrible idea this is why Boden was invented.

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