Friday, January 07, 2011

fashion friday: with a twist

the other underwear drawer
no, this time i'm not referring to michelle's famous medical blog (though if you're looking for some snark in the comments, check out yesterday's post! yowza.)

no -- i am speaking of (and therefore mentioning) the unmentionables in your very own actual underwear drawer, and i am extending the topic to pajamas/loungewear.

as i write this, i am wearing a pair of old scrubs and an ugly and now slightly heartbreaking T-shirt from the NC half marathon in 2009. want proof? fine. good morning.

ignore the mirror image -- mac's photobooth does that and i don't know how to reverse it!

yes, those are running chairs on it . . . (you know, NC? furniture capitol of the world? yeah . . .). i am proud to say that my victoria's secret pair underneath does not date back to college, but there are definitely some items in the aforementioned drawers that do.

and you know what? that is unacceptable. i am (gulp) 30 years old. i work for a living and earn an actual salary. and therefore, i do not need to dress in rags, even if i (and josh) are the only ones that see this side of my, uhh, wardrobe.

i read this post from smallnotebook and felt empowered, so i thought i might pass on the love to all of you. it's time to own up and take action -- in this one small (but important) area of your life!

my holiday gift this year from josh was three sets of VS pajamas/loungewear (yes, he's the best!), and i am determined to wear them and NOT hang out in scrubs and T-shirts with chairs on them (as soon as i get the pants hemmed to fit my short limbs). i also plan on taking action this weekend and doing what small notebook suggests, which might involve a trip to gapbody or VS to fill in the gaps.

some online options to inspire:
starting out simple:

pocket roll-up pants from gapbody, $29.50

soft and comfortable-looking pure body cami to go with

a little sassier

this lace-trim romper (also gapbody) might be worth the experiment, on sale for $14.50!

yoga style
i actually really like foldover yoga pants as loungewear -- they make me feel graceful and sometimes inspire impromptu vinyasas while cooking dinner. i joked about the $98 version from lululemon recently, and while i'm sure they are wonderful (and probably last a long time), i actually really like these cheap(er) knockoffs from VS:

foldover pants, replete with ridiculous come-hither post . . . rather un-yoga, if you ask me.

at 2/$50, they are quite reasonable AND they come in different lengths -- no hemming required pour moi! i own two pairs and am considering expanding my collection.

and of course, there's anthro . . .

LOVE this at-ease set!

lounge around after work in a silk semarang robe? why ever not!?

so spill: what's the oldest piece of loungewear/underwear in your drawers? i have a fords cheerleading (i went to haverford high, so that was our mascot) tee that i believe dates back to 1994. yeah!



workout: 30 minute run @ 9:13/mi, 0.5% incline at the gym; weights:
-- 2 x 11 pushups
-- 2 x 12 squats with 10 lbs each hand
-- 2 x 12 lat pulldowns, 55 lbs
-- 2 x 12 walking double lunges, 10 lbs each hand
-- 2 x 8 tricep dips
-- 2 x 12 seated rows, 40 lbs

beans & greens . . . and bacon
i made this cooking light recipe for myself last night (josh had a residency interview dinner) and it was quite an easy undertaking. furthermore, it was tasty! i added parmesan cheese in lieu of yogurt because i feel that nothing is better with bacon (other than more bacon, of course) than cheese.

served straight up with a slice of sunflower toast on the side

reading: about graves' disease -- one of the attendings is having us help write PREP questions for the endocrine boards, so i had to learn the intricacies of the topic first.


  1. Anonymous9:05 AM

    i think the oldest clothing item lurking in my dresser is a pair of soffe shorts that i got in northern wisconsin on vacation with a friend in middle school. that could be circa 1998. not quite 1994, but still ridiculous! especially since i have not worn them since about 2004. geez.

  2. During the major snow here just before Christmas I killed a pair of socks wearing them over shoes (to prevent slippage) that I'd had since about 1989 so I was pleased they went out with a bang! Glad to read your post today - this drawer is ON MY LIST to declutter this year.....

  3. Wait.. scrubs, t-shirts, and hoodies aren't sexy loungewear? I'm in trouble. ;) You might be on to something with this wear-nicer-pjs thing...

  4. Anonymous11:17 AM

    I'm digging how VS makes yoga-wear sexy. I mean, usually when I'm sweating tears the look on my face is far from that. :) Her look almost verges on constipation, no lie.

  5. Yoga pants are my "office attire." Lucy has great pants. They're still expensive, but less than lululemon and they go on sale.

  6. I love VS yoga pants (i'm also on the short side) but I wear those all the time! Sadly I still have underwear in my drawer that probably date back to my junior high or 6th grade year (yikes!) I'm now in my 3rd year of college.

  7. Stacy6:06 PM

    I've got a Chatham Park tee from 5th grade I still bust out from time to time. :-)

  8. I also have a pair of Soffe shorts that I still wear to run in that I got in high school in 1994! I just did an underwear drawer overhaul and I finally got a fancy set of pajamas for Christmas. I have never had expensive pajamas but I got tired of looking like I was going to a high school sleepover. Let me tell you - these new pajamas are wonderful! They are from Nordstrom and I think the brand is called midnight.

  9. Awesome post! I'm terrible at buying new loungewear - I live in a collection of running tees and yoga pants lol. This post was a reminder that I should probably spend that $50 VS gift card on some lounging attire. So thanks :)

  10. atilla10:55 PM

    i have stuff from the 60's

  11. cute morning pic....even w/the running chairs! sheesh, reading thru the comments makes me realize i probably have items in my underwear drawer older than you and/or some of your readers! hah! kidding.....i think??? i really don't want to do the math.

  12. Great post! And wow, super snarky at the medical blog!

    I try to periodically clean out my underwear drawer. Sometime in the last year, my husband asked how many pairs I had. I counted (AFTER) throwing some away, and had about 60. yikes. Many were still from college (6-9 years ago). In my defense, there were a variety of colors and styles (dark and light, thong to hipster). I have since tried to weed out more. When I get new bras I try to get a nice looking matchy pair of underwear, but it can be hard because there aren't always a lot of colors of bras for me to pick from at Gap (which I've decided I like better for bras than VS due to quality, fit and price).

    Most of my pj's are flannel or cotton pants from ON or Gap + a tank top, not too many matchy matchy sets. Glad to hear you like the VS yoga pants. While I love lulu for their running stuff, I can't spend $98 on a single pair of lounge pants!

  13. stacy: AHHHHH CHATAM PARK!! i told kara about this at dinner tonight and we cracked up :)

  14. My secondary school gym tee, born in 1998. To be honest, anything from before 1998 would never in the world fit, I was 12 in 1998.

  15. Umm, I'm currently wearing a sweatshirt that I got when I was like 14. That was in 1992.

  16. Ahh yes, yoga pants, my "dressy" lounge wear. Sometimes I even pair them with an actual sweater that you might wear with jeans (as opposed to an oversized tee or a fleece.)

    I have a t-shirt from my 5th grade softball team that I still wear. It has my last name on the back and everything!!

  17. I love this post!! Lately I've been thinking how pathetic it is that I still (mostly) have the same style underwear that I had in middle school and how they're in desperate need of an update. Thanks for the reminder! Oh, and the ridiculously expensive lulu pants are ridiculously amazing and are worth every penny. I've had my favorite pair for 6 years now and they still fit, feel, and look amazing. :)