Category Archives: bottoms

In the Navy

It’s time to start thinking about what’s hot for summer–you know, while it’s still cold and wintery. This spring, nautical is in, although I recommend you choose carefully, so that you don’t look like one of the Village people.

Just a suggestion.

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Things That Make Me Say NO

Via astute reader Jessica, we have this: man leggings are the new Must Have for fall 2007.

Yes, really! Fashion writer Godfrey Deeny claims to “know a lot of guys who wear leggings around the home to watch DVDs, lounge around before Premiership games or surf the Internet.” Deeny’s question is, can the man legging move from loungewear to barwear?

Dear god, I hope not.

I’m all in favor of the guys making an effort to be a little more stylish, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this particular style trend. Maybe that’s because my husband is 6’5″ and all I can see when I try to picture him in leggings is the Jolly Green Giant.

Jolly Green Giant

What say you–does this deserve a hearty HO HO HO, or will the man in your life be sporting a pair of leggings come fall?

Leggings: Yea or Nay?

Hi Susan!

I have a question for Friday Style.

I am 35 and I love the leggings/mini look. It might be my love of all things ’80s clouding my judgement, but I really do think it is sassy.

Question – is it TOO sassy for a 35-year-old SAHM?



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What To Wear To Work At Home

Hi Susan,

I’m a long-time reader of Friday Playdate; love the Friday Style idea. Here’s my dilemma, which is nearly the complete opposite of the at-home mom conundrum. I’ve worked for 25 years, in a profession where I dress in suits, or skirts and jackets, 5 days a week. Now, I’ve obviously been living right, because I have been given the opportunity to telework 3 days per week. At home! What could be better? Except I have no idea what to wear! My wardrobe for weekends is pretty sad, mostly jeans, shorts for summer, t-shirts. On the days I’m home, I’m likely to visit my son’s school, run errands, and generally see dozens of people I know in my small southern college town, so I’d really like to look at little better than weekend leaf-raking garb. Also, let’s face it, I’m not all that young any more for the jeans thing. I’m 48 (but a *young* 48, I have a 9-year-old, for crying out loud). Other data: I’m a curvy size 6, and have never really embraced chinos…they don’t do much for my small waist/larger hips. I live in the deep south.

Please help me figure out how to get out of my PJs!


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Let’s Talk About Pants

How long should one wear pants that are NOT long, ie. 7/8 or 3/4 or whatever. I once saw Trinny and Susannah on Oprah saying no one should ever wear 3/4 pants but they aren’t mothers with 2 kids, or maybe they are, but they aren’t me!!

So how do you work out the right length and width of pants that are long pants? Like gauchos etc. This question matters because I’m short and not stick thin, and don’t want to accentuate either of these issues.

I’m still dreaming of your green sparkly shoes….so good…and dreaming of the day Nordstrom, Jcrew and co all ship to Australia.


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