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Date: 8/14/13 9:27 AM

What do you think? I'm over 60 and have a part time clerical job. I'm just tired of making and wearing pants and am thinking of dresses and skirts. Is this a mistake at my age? I don't want to look like I'm having a late mid-life crisis - although I did recently buy a VW beetle

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Date: 8/14/13 9:58 AM

Not a mistake!

I am 49, and this past year I stopped wearing pants almost entirely. I switched to knit skirts and dresses, mostly knit skirts, and one linen skirt. There were several reasons why I did so (comfort, upping my style quotient) and I am REALLY happy. I plan on wearing skirts on a daily basis for many years to come.

I started out the adventure buying a couple of RTW skirts from Athleta and Patagonia. They are knit skirts, easy care and can be worn in summer, and winter with boots and tights.

Go for it.

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Date: 8/14/13 10:16 AM

I work in an environment where I NEED to wear pants-I love to make skirts/dresses, but there is no way I could wear them and do the work I do.

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Date: 8/14/13 10:28 AM

You are right. I am wearing more skirts and dresses and find them incredibly comfortable. My problem is finding cute, comfortable all day shoes that look good with them.

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Date: 8/14/13 12:27 PM

Why on earth would you consider it a mistake? I am 63 and love a good dress or skirt. I am making a dress now in a python print cotton lycra knit. I do admit that I wear more pants than skirts or dresses but I am making ankle length pants narrow pants right now that look very current.

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Date: 8/14/13 12:39 PM

Take anything I say on this subject with a grain of salt, as I feel comfortable in pants and very uncomfortable in skirts.

However, I've also recently thought of trying to force myself into a skirt. I have determined the the easiest transition for me would be a skirt to wear with boots in the fall and winter. Below is a pattern I have and thought of making.

I noticed you reviewed pullover top Vogue 9771 with cowl-type neck. I could see that one with a gored below knee skirt with boots and a below waist belt or a long pendant necklace.



EDIT: People are talking a lot about comfort, and I want to add that comfort includes more than just stretchy fabric wrapped around your butt. You have to feel comfortable mentally as well with how you move in a garment and how you are presenting yourself. If you feel "off" in a particular style, it will not be comfortable for you. Something to keep in mind as you chose your style. What may fit well with one person's personality may be all wrong for another.
-- Edited on 8/14/13 1:30 PM --

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Date: 8/14/13 12:50 PM

There is a receptionist in my doctor's office and she wears the cutest outfits and I'm guessing she's in her 60s. She wears skirts, which are made out of that travel knit fabric, with a 5 or 6 inch flounce and it just sashays (spell) as she walks along. She wears animal print sweaters or cute tops, coordinating reader glasses, kitten heels and hair and make up all done up! She looks fabulous and I love to see what she's wearing whenever I go in! Simple style but so put together!

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Date: 8/14/13 1:22 PM

Skirts & dresses are classics! You can't go wrong.

And particularly when made in knits, they are more comfortable than pants.

Shoes - in the summer with sandals that is pretty easy (in theory; I need sandals). In Winter, as ChristinePDX suggested, boots can work well. Autumn & Spring can be a little more difficult, but there are some cute shoes out there. Check out the "comfort" category on Zappos. These shoes are cute.

Anyway, back to topic - Do a little snoop shopping at some websites & see what you think for different styles.

You can't go wrong with a classic sheath. Or a graceful longer dress.

Or look at this (from an on-line site) of a cute peblum top & skirt:

Or for a more casual look, a maxiskirt & top.

Just some thoughts to get you started.

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Date: 8/14/13 4:40 PM

I too, am not usually comfortable in skirts and would like to adjust my wardrobe to include some. they look nice, feminine and cooler. But how does a mom add it when she has chores and gardening to do, grocery shopping/cooking/kid transport without having to change clothing everytime she has to run out to do something?

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Date: 8/14/13 5:42 PM

Quote: Dale C
But how does a mom add it when she has chores and gardening to do, grocery shopping/cooking/kid transport without having to change clothing everytime she has to run out to do something?

Not to be snarky (because I totally hear you), but what do you think active working moms wore for hundreds of years before we all started wearing pants 50-60 years ago? Before somebody told us pants were more practical and comfortable and for some reason we believed them?

I see so many busy moms in knit maxi dresses lately. They look fabulous, even toting groceries and toddlers.

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