“Possible outfits rolled in her head like a slot machine in Atlantic City.”

Today is the best of fall with a warm breeze, a sunlit light blue sky and scattered clouds for contrast. The temperature should reach 70˚. It is a day to be out and about. I have a couple of errands including getting Miss Gracie’s nails trimmed, and she’ll be glad for the ride. I’ll also take her with me to the library as I can park the car in the shade. After that, she’ll stay home while I finish the rest of my list. It won’t take long.

When I was a kid, old people had a particular style of dress. I never once saw my grandmothers wearing pants. They both wore flowery house dresses lacking any particular style. They always wore hosiery though one grandmother used to roll hers down to her ankles. She mostly wore slippers with the backs flattened by her feet. In the kitchen, both always wore full aprons, the ones with bibs. Those too were flowery, and the flowers were always small. One grandmother was very tall and the other was very short, under five feet. The tall grandmother stooped. I always guessed it was because my grandfather was much shorter than she was. When I watched All in the Family, Edith reminded me of that tall grandmother.

My grandfathers mostly wore suits. They each wore a topcoat in the winter and a fedora every season. One grandfather always wore white shirts, even around the house. He was my mother’s father, and every year for Christmas some of his gifts from her were white shirts. Once in a while my other grandfather wore casual clothes, mostly when he did yard work. I remember his maroon jacket with a gold zipper. It was worn only in the yard, not in public. Later, after my grandfather had passed away, my father wore that jacket. He didn’t mind wearing it in public. I have a picture in my mind’s eye of my dad wearing it while he was standing next to a pile of burning leaves.

I am glad there is no longer an older lady’s dress code though I do admit two of the dresses I have are flowery.

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12 Comments on ““Possible outfits rolled in her head like a slot machine in Atlantic City.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can only remember my mormor (grandmother on my mothers side) wearing a dress when it was a big holiday, otherwise she always wrore pants. Her husband, my morfar, always wore a white shirt, a former military man as he was. Even when digging in the garden a white shirt was a must 🙂 I have no idea what my grandfather oin my fathers side wore tough, what did they wear in former Yugoslavia back in the days 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Rather windy and chilly here today and the rain is pouring down right now. Well down isd wrong, it’s more sideways to be honest 🙂 I don’t think we reached above 50 today, a perfect weather to take long walks in as I did today.

    My feet are killing me now and my ancles has swollen so much that I in some part of my feet can’t feel if I touch there 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Pants for women were popular during World War II for those women working in the armament factories, but when the war was over, it was back to dresses and male dominance though women working was a door never quite shut.

      It is still nice here. Gracie is back from having her nails trimmed and I got some books at the library.

      I love rain which is blown sideways. I stand at the door and watch. We are expecting rain tomorrow.

      I bet it is from your first walk in the wrong shoes and that second walk wasn’t easy either. My ankles swell when it is really hot and humid.

      Take it easy, put your feet up and have some cocoa!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’m glad there’s no old lady dress code anymore either. I’d be screwed. I have no old lady type clothes and no wish to own any.

    My nana wore print dresses which had buttons up the front and a wide belt. She was a very short and plump lady and from the look of her figure, she wore very good foundation garments, too. She always wore those clunky Red Cross type shoes, black, navy blue, or white in summer.
    My grandfather wore suits, usually, but he was not above wearing a cardigan when relaxing. He also wore a hat, either a regular man’s hat or a Panama hat in summer.

    It has been a mixed day weather-wise. I’ve been up to New Hampshire and back down so have driven through mist, drizzle, rain, pouring rain, sunshine, sun and rain together. It’s windy and sunny right now. T-shirt weather again. I’ll take it.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’d be screwed with you. My two dresses are actually stylish. I bought them so I’d have a dress to take to Ghana as I knew I’d need one.

      My tall grandmother always wore those clunky shoes with the square heels. I don’t remember what my other grandmother wore as I didn’t see her out as much as I did at her house.

      The day was nice all around but rain is coming tomorrow. I had on a long sleeved shirt and that was enough.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Hedley Says:

    “Man at Tottenham Hotspur” , “Man at the Detroit Lions” “Man at Fred Perry”…..quite a fashion maven really, comes with age I suppose.

  4. Jay Bird Says:

    You may now wear purple, as the Red Hatters say! Old men have no dress codes, other than basic cleanliness. Ironing optional.

    PS – I read an article on “blog fatigue”. Totally understandable (and why I have no baseball blog). Hang in there, dear Kat. Your stories are so interesting, whether current or when you take us back to better (?) days, and your songs are fun. Take a week off when needed. The coffee family would be cool with that. But keep that coffee coming!!

    • katry Says:

      I do have a light purple sweatshirt so I guess I’m prepared.

      Jay, I have been writing this for close to ten years. Over time it has morphed to the look it has now and the different musical offerings, and I like where it is. Sometimes I have to really dig around in the deep recesses of my memory to find a topic. I don’t have an endless supply of memories though I wish I did.

      Thanks-I have friends I was in the Peace Corps with who are coming sometime this month for a few days. I will take a break when they are here so I can be the perfect hostess!

  5. flyboybob Says:

    My grandparents also dressed in very old fashioned cloths when I was a kid. Both of my grandmother’s always wore high heeled oxford lace up shoes with stockings. Usually they were black with wingtip shoes. Everything you mentioned about how your grandmother’s dressed was a carbon copy of how mine dressed.

    My paternal grandfather always wore a three piece suite with a white shirt. On he wore a tie. He was retired by the time I was born so I don’t remember him going to work.

    A beautiful day here except for the return of 98 degrees for a high this afternoon.

    • katry Says:

      I suppose when they were wearing those clothes they weren’t old-fashioned though not all that fashionable either. One grandmother wore the black lace shoes, but they didn’t have wing tips. They were the same type the nuns also wore.

      There must have been a dress code for grandmothers.

      My father always wore a suit and tie to work and to church on Sundays. He wore white shirts until one Christmas I gave him a yellow shirt, and he actually wore it. We were all shocked. After that I gave him different shirts every year for Christmas. He looked good.

      98˚ is a bit too high any time of year for me.

      • flyboybob Says:

        The men’s white dress shirt was the businessman’s uniform. Salesman at IBM and later at Ross Peroit’s EDS had to wear lace up black shoes, gray, black or navy suits and white shirts. A well dressed man also wore a hat until JFK changed the fashion by going hatless.

      • katry Says:

        It took a while before my father wore colored shirts. Once he did, though, he seldom wore white any more.

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