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I wear what I like and I like what I wear. A daily outfit blog: WhatIWore2Day


· 1001 Arabian nights ·

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Pairing these pointy flats with these silk joggers really brings out the harem vibe. I mostly cared about the comfortable vibe. I love that I can sit cross-legged in these pants. That’s the preferred pose for magic carpet rides.

Shirt, St. John’s Bay (thrifted). Pants, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi. Earrings, Girlshop. Bag, Aldo. Scarf, Ecote.

Mail Bag: Laundry Day

· Am I green or gross? ·

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Dear Kasmira,

My question is that how you wash the clothing you wear differently everyday. My mother wanted to have all the things clean everyday. So she washed almost all the clothes, I mean shirts, dress, and, for my brother’s case, dark denim jeans. I am feeling guilty when I do not wash shirts and pants after one time wearing. My mother even did not allow once worn clothes back to closet before they freshly washed.

I wash things for my six year old daughter everyday. It is understandable for younger kids [who] mess their clothes several times a day, and I know some of the stains go off just after they get in to the fabrics

When you change everyday, how do you wash them?

Me? I am a little bit of my mother-kind of person so it was not a big deal for me to wash the clothes washable in washing machine, and hand wash is OK with me. What about the dry clean only materials? My big concern is about the dry clean only summer clothing. How do you cope with that? Or am I too particular?

Grace from South Korea

I’ve actually been asked this question a few times, and I’ve answered it via comments. I have always been a bit hesitant to publish my answer as an actual blog entry because *gasp* I think I have some things I’ve never, ever washed.

I think you’ll agree that modern society is a bit obsessed with cleanliness. We’re terrified of germs, grease, and odor. I certainly don’t advocate a return to the days of monthly baths and pomanders, but we could probably chill out a little on the use of detergents.

When I was a child, I tossed my clothes into the dirty hamper every night and they probably needed the washing. Kids are messy. They spill food, play in the dirt, and have assorted accidents. But when was the last time you came home from the office with grass-stained knees and ketchup down your front?

Not only is daily laundering usually unnecessary, but it’s hard on your clothes. Detergents and heat stress fibers and fade dye. Dry-cleaning chemicals are notoriously harsh (and toxic). After multiple washings, even following care directions on the label, I’ve found that most items fade, pill, shrink or lose shape.

Finally, the process of cleaning clothes consumes a huge amount of resources. Traditional washing machines use gallons of water (the average is 55!) If you use warm or hot water, your water heater gets in on the action. I once (foolishly) watched the electric meter spin round and round while the dryer was running. One must also consider the contents, packaging, and transportation of laundry detergent and additives.

Call me green or call me gross, these are my guidelines on cleaning clothes:

Wash after every wearing: socks, tights, underwear, workout clothes, and anything stinky, sweaty, or soiled.

Wash after every few wearings: jeans, shorts, tees, tanks, and casual dresses. Many of these items are made from fibers that stretch from wearing, so I find that a wash and then finish in a hot dryer are necessary to restore them to their original shape.

Sniff test the rest: suit separates, dress pants, skirts, non-casual dresses, sweaters, blazers, blouses, and vests (i.e. most of the things one wears to an office). Since we’re all so hygiene obsessed, we’re usually clean when we put our clothes on and they don’t get soiled over the course of the day. Unless you had a stressful, pitted-out kind of day at work, the deodorant you applied in the morning prevented any body odor from stinking up your clothing. Give your duds a quick sniff when you change out of them. If they don’t smell bad, hang them in a location with good air circulation for a day or two before returning to the closet. I drape my things over a carved wooden screen.

And I never ever leave them in a big pile where my cats can sleep on them.

Items worn as second layers, away from the body, can usually go the longest without cleaning. Eventually, even the cleanest body soils garments worn next to the skin, but it doesn’t usually happen in one wearing. In my wardrobe, things that are truly dirty are washed at home or sent to the cleaners.

Limiting the cleaning of clothes to the soiled and the stinky is budget and earth friendly. Your items will look newer, longer. If you’re sure to give your items an airing between wearings, you will not smell bad. (I smell quite nice, actually.)

What’s your laundry philosophy?

This post is was originally published 9/3/2009 at


· An ootd for a picnic ·

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Today was our annual Toastmasters club picnic. Usually, I look longingly at our host’s sparkling pool, but my self-consciousness keeps me on the deck. This year, it was 107° and I decided you couldn’t really see my cellulite if I stayed submerged. I only came out of the water to eat and to take the group photo. When I was on land, I wore this:

Vest, Tinseltown (cut from a consignment jacket). Skirt, Theo (thrifted). Sneakers, Superga for Target. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Super Silver. Brooches, consignment. Bag, Croft & Barrow.

You can’t tell in the photo, but I had just climbed out of the pool, put on my clothes, and set up the camera to take the group shot. And as soon as we took the last (this) photo, I reversed the process. (And then the kid in the middle totally ruined my hair with a squirt gun. But I got him back.)

3 Days 3 Ways: Mixed Print Dress

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This dress is part of the Peter Som DesigNation collection for Kohl’s. I’ve had fun remixing it for the past three years. The latest three outfits were worn all in row. First, I played with pattern by replacing the self belt with one in a contrasting print and carrying a palm print bag. Then, I topped it with a button-front shirt, tied at the waist. Finally, I wore a military-style jacket on top. I’ve used this dress as a base in over a dozen outfits. It has certainly earned its keep!

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I’ve topped the dress with a jacket, before, and with a knotted shirt, before, but my favorite way to style it has been with a patterned belt (or patterned scarf as a belt).

Lost Hour

· Where does the time go? ·

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This was a weird trip. I flew in and out of Central time, but worked and slept in Mountain time. This made things a little exciting when it was time to catch my flight. That lost hour meant that I arrived at the airport at 5:52 pm for a 6:14 pm flight. Somehow, I managed to refuel the rental car, return it, and get a ride to the ticket counter in 8 minutes. The agent took my checked bag after a lecture. Security was a breeze. Then, I cooled my heels as I waited for the late plane to arrive. Whee!

Jacket, Mossimo. Dress, Peter Som for Kohl’s. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Brooch, vintage. Necklace, Honeycat.


· A little nicer than Clovis ·

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I asked for dinner recommendations from my seminar participants. I was directed to Roosevelt Brewing Company, in nearby Portales, and not disappointed. Even better: I found this mural across the street.

Shirt, Old Navy. Dress, Peter Som for Kohl’s. Shoes, Naturalizer. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Earrings, vintage. Necklace, Taneesi.


· Gutted buildings are my favorite ·

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I was so pleased to have the empty Levine’s Clothing building to myself. In Sacramento, it would have been home to at least a squat or two. In Clovis, no one disturbed me as I made use of the former Levine’s lovely walls, posts, and corners.

Dress, Peter Som for Kohl’s. Belt, Lucky (consignment). Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi for Target. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Earrings, gift. Necklace, Honeycat. Bag, Croft & Barrow.


· A post-apocalyptic scene ·

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The modern western, Hell or High Water was filmed in Clovis. As I wandered the deserted downtown, I couldn’t help but think it also would have been a good location for one of the small town scenes in The Stand. To some, the faded signs, crumbling building, and decaying pavement might be depressing, but I love abandoned places. My imagination ran wild.

Jacket, Jessica Simpson (thrifted). Dress, Express. Hat, Big Bear Headwear. Bag, Croft & Barrow. Boots, Ariat.

Not the Least Interesting Thing About You

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You’ve seen the Facebook ad: “Your clothes should be the least interesting thing about you.” Clicking the link takes you to MM.LaFleur an online store for women’s career wear. I have no objection to the company and its goods, just this advertising phrase. It’s misogynistic, homogenizing, and outdated.

We’ve finally entered an era when women can dress as women as work. We aren’t forced to wear ill-fitting copies of men’s business attire. We aren’t faking a male build with enormous shoulder pads. If we like, we can wear bright colors, floral prints, and ruffles. Unlike most of the animal kingdom, female humans are the flashy sex. Looking interesting, whether that’s our cosmetics, our movements or our clothing is a gender norm. Taking an attitude of our “clothes should be the least interesting thing” about us is a step backwards. It means denying our femininity and pretending we are small, ill-proportioned men.

This is the age of self-expression. We express ourselves on line. We express ourselves with the choices we make from the global marketplace. We express ourselves with our clothing. We have left homogeneity behind and embraced differences and diversity. A female workforce clad only identical ivory blouses and black pants brings to mind a workforce of drones in some dystopian film. We are not a homogenous people. Why would we dress like it?

Finally, our appearance is our brand. To market ourselves to employers, to customers or to management, we must stand out from the crowd. Our appearance is an opportunity to advertise our inner selves. I’m creative. I’m analytical. I’m a team-player. I’m a leader. This is the visual era. Our image is on Linked-In, Facebook, and Instagram. That image must reflect who we are if we wish to be considered for opportunities. I’m interesting and so are my outfits.

My dress is my choice, whether I choose to exercise it or not. I object to being told it should be the least interesting thing about me. It is an expression of my femininity, my uniqueness, and my brand.

Dead Bloggers Society

· Because bloggers and death go together ·

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If you need any proof that the kimono is this summer’s style staple, here it is. I wore this outfit to a blogger meet-up in the morning and an Obon festival in the evening. (Obon is the Japanese Buddhist custom of honoring the dead.) I’ll admit that the kimono stayed mostly stuffed in my bag that evening because it was 100+ degrees at the festival. But if I had wanted to participate in the Bon Odori (dancing) I could have donned it and fit right in.

Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Tank, Old Navy. Shorts, Forever 21. Shoes, Viscata. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Stardust Remembered. Bag, Croft and Barrow.

Sacramento bloggers:

I’m always good for a crotch shot.

And my pretty friend, Leah, dressed up for Obon: