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Casual Clothes for Casual Times

By |   February - 15 - 2010
Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn

Does anyone watch What Not to Wear or Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style? Both of these television programs give some great tips on how to dress to impress and they help fashion deficient people with everyday looks?

Overall they’re good shows but the thing I have a problem with is their casual looks. The running errands outfits are absolutely ridiculous. Who’s really going to put on a cute little pencil skirt and a casual sweater and then slip into a pair of low pumps before they run to the grocery store?

Maybe it’s because I live in Wisconsin where there aren’t any pretenses when people run errands or because you’re probably not going to run into anyone famous or your agent or the producer of the next Broadway play you hope to get a starring role in. But in the world outside of New York and L.A. I think casual means casual not dressed up in case anything happens.

I work at home so for me wearing a dress or a skirt as a casual look is pretty ridiculous. Instead I opt for loungewear, or a pair of jeans and whatever top suits the season. And when I find time to run to the store or to run errands I don’t change clothes, I wear the same thing and slide my feet into some slip on shoes and out the door I go.

Don’t get me wrong, I love those shows but I do feel that they need a dose of reality. Especially before they throw out all of the victim’s truly casual clothes, the things they’ll actually really need in the future. Casual means casual and lets all agree there is nothing wrong with running to the grocery store in a pair of sweatpants.

One Response to “Casual Clothes for Casual Times”

  1. Bardot Ethaniel says:

    Tim's right. These are casual times, in other words the economy is harsh for many people. Fashion is all about real life trends. We have many people who are unemployed and more losing their jobs. We have an oil leak in the gulf which will affect even more people than anyone understands. Luxary is back to the basics; And if you happen to be doing well financially when so many are so desperate, keep it real, don't show off. It could be dangerous!

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