Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Not For A Million Dollars, Aunt Patti

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Happy New Year! Don't you love fresh, clean pages and symbolic new starts? We could choose to do that any day, but enshrined dates like New Years Day are full of hope and promise. No formal resolutions for me - I have OCD already and do not need any more To Do Lists. But to learn more and love better are my ongoing goals, every year.

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I interviewed my darling nieces about fashion on our way down to Grandma's house this past weekend. Kara is ten and Katie is 13, two beauties who are also aces at school and sports.

I asked them, "What three items would you need to keep in your closet to get dressed every day, and feel good?" They both said straight-cut jeans, Aeropostale tees, and a hoodie. So, that was easy. They have already streamlined their wardrobe decisions.

Then I asked, "What would you not wear to school for a million dollars?" Katie did not hesitate: "Crocs." Kara said, "I'd wear anything for a million dollars." Hmmm, their dad is a CPA and his thinking has clearly affected the younger one!

So, what would I not wear to work for a million dollars? "I'd wear anything for a million dollars." Okay, but what would I be very unhappy about wearing? If I only get to pick one item, I suppose it would be:


The print does match nicely at the seams though, eh?

There is nothing intrinsically bad about this shirt, of course. My husband wears them all the time and looks like the cool middle-aged surfer he is. It's just so not-me, the bright print and big collar and etc. But if I were coming home to a million dollars, I'd pop it right on with a neat pencil skirt, boots and a blazer!

Over to you: what would you not wear for a million, billion bucks? No wrong answers of course, we all have our dreams.

33 comments:

  1. Like your younger niece, I'd wear just about anything for a million dollars, but I'd be quite unhappy in crocs or uggs. I just can't stand the way those shoes look. By the way, I am your newest follower on GFC; I love your style!

    -Mary @ Style That
    Moves

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  2. Good question.  I hate wearing men's clothes: they're so plain and boring.  I've exhausted their sartorial possibilities.  Happy New Year!

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  3. Pam@over50feeling40January 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Honestly, I would almost wear anything for a million dollars...I think the only thing I would not wear for any amount of money would be a T shirt message that degraded other people, my family, my country, or my faith. No amount of money would put me in such a shirt!  Tell your niece I have a boss who also hates Crocs and does not want to see them on our feet!!  Happy New Year's Day, Patti!

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  4. Those dreadful nappy pants that were 'in' a few years back - not for a million dollars!  Followed very closely by any bulky or any oversized clothing - don't want to look sizes larger for any amount of money...but for a million, billion bucks I would wear anything...it would be a dream afterall...

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  5. Great question! I often ask students a very similar question when I'm trying to teach the semiotics of clothing in cultural studies, because college students are very reluctant to express anything about how carefully they've cultivated that look of carefree casualness, but when I ask what they WON'T wear, the answers come flying, and we can have a great discussion about clothing, semiotics, and identity. 


    Some of their more memorable answers are overalls and UGGs, by the way. Mine is capri pants — they make tall girls look short and short girls look like trolls (she said, peering up from 5' 3").

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  6. My biggest sticking point is comfort, but for a million dollars I think I would dress up like Lady Gaga!

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  7. So, I asked my husband if he would wear his underwear to work for a million. He asked if it was before or after taxes, because he's pretty sure you'd lose the job.

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  8. Uggs. Not necessarily some of their other styles, no, I mean the original Uggs. My mind just kind of freezes up in horror when I contemplate trying to style them.

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  9. Patti_NotDeadYetStyleJanuary 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

     A very thorough and thoughtful man, that one!  : >

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  10. Good point about those capri pants -- they never ever look flattering as they chop off a person's legs. It is all about profile, fit and proportions. We can lengthen our profile by wearing the proper things.
    Happy New Year to you!
    Mariette

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  11. Dearest Patti,
    The question in itself is a bit silly as most of us will wear almost ANYTHING for a million, billion bucks! But that aside, no way I would wear those stiletto heels, or UGGS or capri pants, street pajamas and any shapeless and loose fitting garb.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year in good health!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  12. Patti!  hahahahaha ...a bikini!

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  13. Sue @ A Colourful CanvasJanuary 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    OMG, I think I had that shirt back in 1980.  Not quite sure what I wouldn't wear for a million dollars.  Given that I'm only 5'2" and wear capri pants, I may have to reassess my fashion sense, LOL.  

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  14. For a million dollars, of course, I would be very broad-minded but likely totally embarrassed to wear, say, a neon leotard, or a super ugly suit.

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  15. Like everyone else here, I would wear anything for a million, billion bucks! 
    But it would take some serious cash to get me into a pair of fleece or flannel pajama pants for public viewing. And Crocs are just about the ugliest footwear on the planet. My stepdaughter has a pair of olive green ones - hard on my eyes, those shoes are! 

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  16. I'd probably wear anything once for a million dollars, as long as it wasn't something that would get me arrested for indecency!

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  17. Even for half a million I would wear anything, provided that it does not discriminate or degrade others. But I would feel very awkward in a belly top. 

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  18. Never say never: I swore I'd never wear Crocs; then I bought some rubber-like ballet flats for swimming in the lake (but never the kind with the holes). Ditto for Uggs: I caved and bought some super warm sheep-skin lace-ups, but I draw the line at the ones that look like slippers!

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  19. VersatilestylebytraceyJanuary 2, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    I could be bought even though I loath uggs and crocs, I would go there for that kind of money...

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  20. Ha! I'd wear ANYTHING for a million $$, AND I'd wear it to work! I'm in the fashion biz -- all those crazy get-ups I sport on Visible Monday? Actual work outfits!
    PS - the exactly matching print up above is a digital illusion via some CAD program. Note the unrealistic lack of shadow at the side seam. They get extra credit for building in the darts though.

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  21. I wouldn't wear anything that display/ emphasised bits of my body I'd rather conceal i.e. no tights as trousers, no really short miniskirts (especially with bare legs). I could cope with a bare midriff if I had to and I do wear bare arms in summer even though it's not very flattering. 

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  22. I wouldn't mind wearing that Hawaiian shirt at all, but even for a million dollars I'd have to think really hard about wearing short-shorts or a bare midriff.

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  23. Not only would I wear anything for a million bucks, I would be thrilled to do so.  Chicken suit,  hair shirt, Elvis costume, birthday suit....   nothing would make me unhappy, because, hey... it's a MILLION freakin' dollars!!

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  24. Do you ever read "Wardrobe Oxygen?"

    Camp shirts are on Allie's list of items middle-aged women should avoid.  No mention of them for middle-aged men.

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  25. if  I had to pick-  a thong bikini

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  26. I love the minds of the little ones!  Too funny!
    I would NOT wear a thong bikini for a million bucks...well, I will in private...that's a lot of money! :)

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  27. Fun question! I have to think on this! :-). Hope you had a Happy New Year Patti!

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  28. Well obviously I can be bought (for mega bucks) the same as everyone else, but I do have many pet hates that I wouldn't wear happily. But how much more fun to focus on what I WOULD wear, it's a much longer list and there are so many lovely items to explore! xxxx

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  29. Crocs actually have some cute styles but the original ones?????? NO way!  You're still looking amazing, Patti!   

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  30. Such a fun post, Patti! I agree, those mismatched seams make this shirt completely unwearable. LOL. I'd wear nothing or everything for a million dollars - it's just fabric and flesh. ALTHOUGH I would not be happy wearing real fur, a man's sweaty jock strap or stinky dirty crunchy socks, or pasties, or anything terribly soiled (shudder!). Scary thought: it's possible some people wouldn't wear what I wear from a million dollars!

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  31. I'm loving everyone's comments!  I too, would wear anything for a million dollars as long as it is not still living.  I would prefer, however, if the payoff did not necessitate wearing a humorous tee shirt, "jeggings" or anything with spikes, 

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  32. No bikini here, no sleeveless items....but for a million, I might reconsider!

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