There’s nothing much I love wearing more than leggings and a long, comfy shirt. But, I’m tall, so it’s harder to find tunic-style shirts that cover my derriere. Particularly since I rarely will purchase clothing not on sale and tall stuff rarely goes on sale. The cute stuff that fits average height people goes on sale all the time. Sometimes I’ll buy it thinking maybe it’ll be long enough to wear with leggings and often it just barely is, but still looks a bit “not right” fashion-wise, and then I’ll inevitably throw it in the dryer and it’ll shrink half an inch, and thus gets relegated as one of my many jeans shirts.
What is the point of all this, you may be wondering? The point is that this clothing dilemma led me to buy a long plaid shirt tunic (dress possibly?) thing recently when I was in Marshall’s. I was actually shopping there without my daughter in tow so kind of felt like I had to peruse the women’s section and buy something. I saw this shirt and thought Plaid! I like plaid. Blue! I like blue. And long! I can totally wear it with leggings.
I’m going to look so casual, Pacific Northwest cool, I thought as I saw the price was within my budget and headed to the checkout. It didn’t dawn on me in the dressing room to question whether it was a dress or a shirt or how I was going to actually wear it in real life. It fit and it reached mid-thigh; I was purchasing it.
Then I got home and tried it on and my husband told me I looked like a painter. (He didn’t specify whether a house or canvas painter, but as I am neither I decided it was not the look I was going for.)
He suggested putting a belt around my waist. I’m not sure if waist belts are even still fashionable, but I couldn’t figure out how to wear them back in 2010 so I sure as heck wasn’t going to try to figure it out with this shirt thing.
I decided to return it…but then forgot about it, then by the time I remembered about it, I had lost the receipt, and the shirt has hung in the back of my closet all fall.
Today, I decided to actually wear it and see if I still looked like a painter if I wore it with tall boots and leggings (the buttons all the way down make me think it is not a dress and leggings are a must), and actually did something to my hair. And threw on some lip gloss for good measure.
I will say it’s very comfortable and I love the color, but what do you think? Yay? Nay? Should it be gifted to my little sister who somehow manages to make everything look stylish? Is this a dress? Are waist belts still cool and if so, how do you wear them? Fashion is hard, people.