I’m too young to be such a geezer.

Today’s question comes from my good e-friend Amanda (also known as the world’s most amazingly in-depth commenter; everyone should be so lucky as to have an Amanda to comment on their blogs).

Q: What is your favorite outfit to wear? Is there a reason you like it so much?

A: My favourite outfit to wear is a pair of jeans and a T shirt. I like it so much because it is easy, comfortable, and layerable.

What I mean by “easy” is that I have lots of T shirts and several pairs of jeans, so on any given morning I can find some combination that suits my needs (my needs being something clean-looking and more or less odor-free).

What I mean by “comfortable” is that the T shirts don’t cling to my fat rolls when I’m sitting down, and I like that in a shirt.

What I mean by “layerable” is that I can start with a pair of thermal underwear and a T shirt…

…add a pair of jeans…

…throw on a hoodie over my T shirt…

…and finish it off with a coat, a scarf, a toque (beanie), and mittens…

…and I’m set for the day.

I do not dress professionally for school because I do not care to, and also, because I’m scared. I hate being cold (I live in the wrong country, by the way). My biggest wardrobe anxiety is that I will leave the house under-dressed for the day’s cold, and I will have to suffer the chill the whole time I’m at school. I have a ten minute walk from my vehicle to my classrooms every day, and being exposed to the elements like that here in Canada makes survival my number one priority. Although I’m trying to start dressing more like a grown-up and less like a teenager, I still haven’t found a way to work that style into a college student’s life.

So on the days that I don’t have school, and the only time I spend outside is from my house to my truck and my truck to the door of whatever business I am running errands at that day…that’s when I try to step my outfits up a notch (however tiny and pathetic that step may be). But so far I haven’t been brave enough to go to school without donning a good, thick hoodie I can shove my hands into for warmth on my way through the parking lot.

And since I’m moving onward and upward with trying to look more like a woman and less like a sloppy-joe teenager with greasy hair and a fear of underwire bras (for reals, I never wore my first underwire until I was a freshman in college. They terrified me. They still do—how do they even work? {And if they are as successful as everyone claims, why hasn’t anyone invented underwire underwear? Not only is the phrase delicious to say, but just think of all the saggy bottoms that could benefit from some extra support down there! Wearing underwire underwear would be every bit as unnatural as clamping wire under one’s breasts, don’t you think?}), here’s what I came up with for today:

I thought I liked this outfit when I put it together, but looking back at it now (as with the Sun Devil disaster from the other day), meh, not so much. I kind of look six months pregnant in this shirt. I am not six months pregnant. I am not even one month pregnant. Sad.

Anyway, the shirt: thrift store. The sweater: Roots™. The jeans: BKE™. The shoes: Payless™ circa 2005. Hair clip: Vendor on Canal Street in New York circa 2006. The necklace: leftover from my wedding circa 2007.

This getup would have looked better with my darker pair of jeans, but those jeans are too long to wear with flats, on account of whenever I find a store that sells long jeans, I go crazy with the extra-extra-long inseams because it’s such a rare occasion, and also JUST BECAUSE I CAN, but then it’s annoying because the jeans only work with tall shoes, and I have lots of dress heels, but I’m too shy to wear them with jeans, and so I can only wear my long jeans with tall boots and I only have one pair of those, so, disaster.

The point is, I should’ve gotten my dark jeans in the length two inches shorter, but even then, this outfit probably couldn’t have been salvaged.

The other point is, Amanda, et al: don’t take fashion advice from me.


About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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16 Responses to I’m too young to be such a geezer.

  1. Whitney says:

    OH so many layers. IM cold just thinking about wearing all those clothes. Bless you. Bless you. it was almost 80 degrees today… does that make you feel better or worse? sorry?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not sure about the new background. It kind of makes me feel like I’m flying high in the 70s.

    I am eternally sorry that you are so cold. I truly can only imagine what it is like. Truly. And that’s more than enough for me.

    I think you need to quit worrying so much about clothes. Who cares! I mean, really. You’re not the kind of girl who cares about clothes this much. Move on to something else. Who cares if you look like a woman/teenager/frump-girl? This isn’t like you to be so concerned with outward appearance.

  3. Kristen says:

    I think the outfit you came up with is fantastic! So fantastic that when I first saw that picture I wish it was from a catalogue so I could actually order the items. So fantastic that it is making me want to purchase a white cardigan and I have a love hate relationship with the color white and clothes. So fantastic that even though I do prefer dark wash jeans, I might want to try a pair of lighter wash ones.

    So yeah, in case you missed it, fantastic. I would go reach for my thesaurus for a new word but it’s like, all the over on the other side of my desk. So my apologies : )

  4. Molly says:

    Your blog looks totally different… and wow… so gray… why does it say its a crapshoot? Didn’t you do any performing arts in school? The first thing they teach you is not to criticize your art before the person gets a chance to read… at least criticism is what seems to be what I get from calling your blog a crapshoot…

    ok, about this post… I think it is okay to not feel like looking like a supermodel every day, and lets face it, I would wear a one piece furry jumper and yetti boots if it meant the warmest possible outfit to face the frozen North! Way to go with all the pics, thats a lot of work putting a post like this together…. far from a crapshoot… just sayin…

  5. Molly says:

    oh btw I wasn’t dissing on the gray… I like the overall look of the layout, and it still cracks me up a bit that the ugly monsters are still around. Thank HEAVENS i figured out how to fix that problem! :) love ya, sorry if I come off as a cynic… not my intention

  6. Maureen says:

    It’s funny, because the outfits you are showing here are pretty much the kind of thing I wear every day. I also hate undewire bras, but mainly because they never fit right.

    I’m liking the gray, it’s my 2nd favorite color actually, but I think you need some other bright color mixed in to make it POP.

  7. Camberley says:

    I’m digging the new blog background and outfit number two. BTW, I believe one can pull off a prego cut shirt as long one is wearing a cardigan. You passed the test!

  8. I’ve never been able to get away without an underwire bra. eewww.

    Can you imagine how uncomfortable underwire underwear would be? Especially if you have an office job. It’d be like returning to the days when white powdered wigs were vogue and guys wore heels. That’s why they make spankies and such.

    Truth. That shirt would look much better with dark jeans. There would be less color contrast so it wouldn’t look so poofy around the midriff, and don’t forget the slimming effect of heels.

  9. Merissa says:

    I applaud your desire to dress yourself up every once in awhile. I too am finding myself in this awkward stage of life: half college student/half 25 year old woman — how does it all fit together?! I think trying to put outfits together may seem unimportant or shallow to some. But really, it’s an attempt to work out our identity and evaluate our own taste. Cheers to you!

  10. Amy says:

    I applaud you for even attempting ONE day to look nice. As I type this, I’m in class…and I’m wearing a t-shirt…and jeans…and a fleece.

    I will look like a child for as long as I can! And I don’t care!

  11. niki says:

    10 min. walk from your car to school? brutal!

    i like your outfit. i think you look cute.

    and i’m loving the gray.

  12. Emily says:

    I like the new background. I was getting bored with the pink. Also, a ten minute walk is NOTHING.

  13. Ros says:

    I just though I would add my two penny in to say that I love the grey. (and the second outfit with the blue top, I wouldn’t have said that it made you look pregnant) xxx

  14. Christal says:

    You always look beautiful!! Love both outfits! Love the new blog update too!

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  16. TeamHaynes says:

    Look at me! Look at me! I should have posted a comment…oh give or take a month. Sorry bout that. You know I really appreciate the nudge, it makes me smile knowing my rambling on your page means something to you. I thought your outfit was absolutely adorable, but that’s just me. We may be the same height but I carry all and I mean all my weight in my stomach. So wearing a shirt like that would very much make me look 6 months pregnant for real. Sigh…that will soon be gone and then I’ll be the one that has to shape up my fashion. Eesh. I am so looking forward to commenting on all the blog posts I missed in the meantime…geez I hate not being able to read them. Anyway, back to you. I love the pearls and necklace. It reminds me of royalty in a way and I really like it. Having said that, I do not have pearls. Oo! What a good gift idea for Taylor. Now let’s see…the next gift day for me would be….Christmas? Crap. Til then I will be eying yours. The necklace I wore for my wedding won’t get back to me until I go to a funeral so I am gladly waiting for it. Those types of items are so special, can’t wait to give it to a daughter in law or something. I love finding jeans that are long enough! It’s a miracle. People always ask me when I find long jeans, I have to tell them about 12 different places because the same brand of jeans will not fit the same with a different pair. Good thing you found some. Where can you find a bra withOUT under wire? That seems comfortable!

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