Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A bit more about looking nice at home

In response to yesterday's discussion about looking presentable at home, I would like to thank you all for contributing your opinion and sharing your experience. I hadn't realized there is actually a trend of going out in pajamas and slippers, I took it for granted that people get dressed when they go out, but apparently this isn't true everywhere.

I invite you to check out a new addition to my list of modest clothing websites - KosherCasual. Their clothes for girls and women represent just what I think home wear should look like - they are modest and wouldn't make you blush if there are unexpected visitors at the door, yet they also look very comfy. Their prices are not bad either.

Personally I have never ordered clothes via the internet, because I like to see and feel what I'm buying and I'm blessed to live in Israel where we have no lack of modest clothes stores, but if I lived elsewhere, where modest and comfortable clothes are hard to come by (and several ladies who wrote to me complained of just that), I think I would consider ordering from KosherCasual.

You can also check out the KosherCasual blog.

17 comments:

Otter Mom said...

It can be very hard at times to find modest clothing in the US. I mostly wear skirts & dresses, I have blue jeans and wear them occasionally but not often. I usually wear them if I'm working in the yard or something like that, or occasionally when it's icy in the winter. But even then, I usually wear my long skirts with tights or hose & socks with boots. In my area, there are several fundamentalist type churches and I've noticed that it is a little easier to find longer skirts now than it used to be.

Joie said...

Sleeve extensions aside, I never would have considered those clothes modest per se. Maybe because I am not a teenager who doesn't realize that her shirt and pants or skirt should overlap ;-)

I love your link to the Christa Taylor site and when I finally lose more baby weight, I am going to get a new professional wardrobe from her! Very classy but not old.

I am a very progressive Christian (Anglican or here in the States, Episcopalian -- in fact, I am a priest) and I don't think about dressing modestly but, in fact, I do by most of your standards. I find that places like Lands End and LL Bean offer lots of options and are of high quality. In fact, Lands End even hems items if you need a specific length!

I also wonder if by "pajamas" people are actually talking about yoga clothes. Just a thought. I have never actually seen anyone out in pajamas save a college student or two on campus and usually young men.

Rachel said...

I agree with OtterMom (cute name, btw! :-) ). It *can* be hard to find more modest choices in the store. While I've been skirts/dresses only for the last few years (I have a pair of jeans for climbing on the roof and nailing down shingles, that I've worn twice in about 3 years), my main problem seems to be just getting all of the "smaller" things done...using my time wisely, sort of thing..:-) I've tried to simplify my wardrobe--I've got two basic standby skirts, one in khaki twill, and one in denim, that do regular duty around here. I've got others that I wear as circumstances/need/desire permit, but while the skirts may be more "boring", usually, I make sure that my tops vary in color/print...

I've found what works for me, as far as shirt basics (3/4 sleeve, button down, princess tailored-detailing through the waist). That's something every woman is going to have to figure out on her own. But I like my basic solid skirts, because they have worn like iron, and I can just change the tops easily, if something gets on them.

As I mentioned though, my main problem is, well, frankly, just getting a chance to brush my teeth/hair most days (taken care of today, lol). We don't have drop-in guests (we keep the driveway gate locked most of the time), but even if someone called, we'd have a couple of minutes of warning...lol.

I don't like to buy things online most of the time, either, Anna, but I found these skirts online, and once I have a bit more $$ I am going to buy myself a couple more...I've had these for more than 2 yrs now, and they've worn really really well...big pockets, elastic waist (nice when wearing them post-partum), good length (lower calf)....

I've never worn pajamas in public, nor am I going to, barring some great natural disaster/tragedy while I am asleep. That is just disrespectful to the rest of the citizenry. Not to mention, disdainful of one's inherent dignity as a creation of God...blech...but I could spend all day blathering on about that...lol.

Thank you for discussing this, Anna...

Anna said...

Thanks for posting the website! It's hard to find comfortable, modest, "young" clothes here in the US. Kosher Casual seems to have that covered. =)
And as an added bonus, the clothes are not made in Chinese sweatshops!

Margaret said...

I would also suggest www.getyourskirton.com. They sell long skirts made out of t-shirt type fabric. They have free shipping, their prices are reasonable, and the skirts are reasonably priced and very comfortable.

Kim M. said...

I wear skirts all the time (except for my pajamas).

I like my skirts A-lined and super long. Like... touching the tops of my shoes! IT's EXTREMELY hard to find any that long and still be cute and stylish. The solution to my problem was to find really cute blue jeans (from thrift stores) and sew them into skirts.
Here's a tutorial I found online... I just leave mine long though.

http://www.savvyseams.com/clothing/jeanskirt.php

Dawn said...

That is one of me and my husband's pet peeves is to be out and about in town shopping and see people in their pajama pants, slippers, and bra tank tops as if they just fell out of bed and into their cars.

Men do it too, walking around in a ratty t-shirt, pajama pants and slippers.

I do understand comfort, but to walk out of the house like that is just, I don't know...ugh...lol.

It doesn't take more than a few seconds to put on real clothing.

But, this seems to be the norm at the US Wal-Mart's. :-/

Christine said...

I suppose it depends on how much coverage you are looking for, but I wear dresses where the skirt touches my knees and the neckline touches my collarbone, with leggings underneath. I find almost all of these inexpensively at H&M, which according to their website operates in 34 countries through Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

H&M sells a lot of not-covering clothing, but I always do manage to find things there that meet my standards, are inexpensive and well fitting without being too tight.

Jo said...

Very difficult where I live to buy long skirts so I often shop via Ebay where I can find quite a range. If only I could sew then I could make my own:(

Sometimes I get the size wrong or don't like what I buy, but I have a cousin who I can pass them onto.

Jo

Mrs. Anna T said...

Personally, my favorite length of a skirt is where it *almost* touches my ankle. I've found it to be most practical, even though I love full-length skirts as well. This way there's no chance whatsoever of my knees being seen, but the skirt doesn't trail in the dust/mud either.

Otter Mom said...

I like my skirts to be longer than most, usually about midway between my knees & ankles seems to be what I find most often. I like them touching my shoes, I think that they are very graceful but those are hard to find unless I'm looking for evening wear (not pajamas!). I prefer fabric that holds up well, like denim but not strictly denim. I like to be feminine, but I also like something that is going to last and I'll get some wear out of.
Regarding pajamas being worn, it's not yoga pants that most of us are seeing - it's actual pajama bottoms. And it usually looks bad when people wear them in public.

Catnap said...

I find shopping for my 5 year old hard--can you believe it! She never wears jeans b/c it is so hard to find ones that are not tight and low rise--even at 5 :( I buy larger size shirts and shorten the sleeves so her tummy doesn't show when she plays and have started sewing her things or buying from the internet. I live in a rural area and shopping options are very limited (Walmart) unless I drive an hour.
I find it a sad commentary on our culture that the most common articles of clothing for the 5-7 crowd are shrunk down provocative teenager clothes.

Everly Pleasant said...

This reminds me a lot of "Wives and Lovers" by Jack Jones. :)

WesternWoodburner said...

The topic of dressing pleasingly at home is interesting. I sometimes want to look decent at home, but I also do not like waste. I get tired of wearing raggedy work clothes sometimes, but feel bad to toss them out and mulk out the barn in good clothes! At least since I sew, I do not have to worry about not being able to find modest clothing.

AnneMarie said...

Thanks for posting the KosherCasual website. They have some great clothes and prices! I'm anxious to look at the other sites mentioned as well :o)

Anonymous said...

I have never found the need to buy clothes over the internet. I do wear modest clothes (although I'm fine with pants and jeans) and have never had too much of a problem finding them. I have a couple of tank tops I wear under shirts that might otherwise be too revealing. I would suggest to your American readers that Old Navy, Gap, and stores such as Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx often have modest clothing choices.

As for the topic of dressing nice in the home: I almost never wear make-up if I am home all day. My husband doesn't mind. And it's worth noting that all of us are going to get older and our husbands may meet younger and prettier girls at work. There is only so much we can do.

Anonymous said...

One way to make certain that you have modest clothing is to make it yourself, if you can sew! A lot of vintage patterns for women's clothing are more modest than the designs of the day. Just my two cents.