Breaking the Pajamas All Day Rut and Dressing Like a Grownup

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Working from home has it's advantages, like not having to get dressed to go to work in the morning. It's kind of a nice perk. I'll be the first to admit that I gladly stay in my PJs until noon, then I can shower in the afternoon after the hot water tank has recovered from everyone else getting ready to head out the door and I don't have to worry about anyone knocking on the door because they forgot their deoderant or they want the hair gel…

But even then my wardrobe consists mostly of jeans, khakis, t-shirts and sweatshirts. I'm not fancy, I don't usually do frills, but I do own a skirt or two and there are a few pairs of pantyhose buried in my sock drawer somewhere. When I go shopping for clothes I usually end up buying the kids new stuff, not me. If I find something I like, I'll check the tag and see the words “dry clean only” and put it back on the rack, or I'll stand there and think to myself, “I'll only wear this a few times a year.” Total mom-brain thinking, but truthfully what happens when I'm out shopping.

Until recently. I picked up a Gwynnie Bee subscription in December with their 30 day free trial. Some friends were talking about it on Facebook and I was curious, so I took a peek. It's a “virtual closet” service. You get a handful of items sent to you, you wear it a few times, you send it back and something else from your list magically appears in your mailbox a few days later. They handle all the dry cleaning and laundry stuff (even if you spill wine on it or the dog jumps on you with muddy paws) and you just have to look fabulous and enjoy the clothes.

I confess, when I took the free 30 day trial, I expected that I would cancel it and go back to my normal wardrobe routine. Then I got in there and discovered the fluffy sweaters and cozy tunics for winter and I was officially hooked! ~ I love comfy sweaters and warm cardigans, but I rarely buy new ones because washing them can be such a pain and they're only wearable for a few months out of the year here in Virginia. I added a bunch of them to my virtual closet and I've had a seemingly endless supply of warm fuzzies to wear for weeks now. Loving that!

I even picked a few dresses and skirts, when one of those comes up in my closet rotation I feel a little fancy. I've gotten more compliments from my kids lately too, “Mom, you look really nice today,” and my husband is paying more attention, “That's a really good color. When did you get that?

So here's the deal. Try Gwynnie Bee free for 30 days, if you don't love it you can easily cancel from your web account. Clothing sizes available range from size 10 to size 32 in shirts, sweaters, skirts, dresses, blazers, and cardigans. There's a variety of styles including casual, professional, and even fancy partywear. You can choose one, two, or three items at a time for the free trial. I started with the two items at a time and that works out nicely for me.

Once your account is set up, browse around and add the things you like to your virtual closet. They'll start showing up at your door in a few days. Wear it once or wear it a lot, when you're done you just send it back in the prepaid package and another item will arrive soon. If you get an item that you absolutely love and can't part with, you can purchase it at a discounted price and keep it.

That's it, easy peasy stuff, less laundry to wash, and a fun way to get out of that pajamas all the time wardrobe rut that we tend to fall into.

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About the Author - Loretta Oliver

Loretta Oliver, married to the comic book geek of her dreams and mother of four boys ages 15 to 19, has been working from home full time since 2001, starting out working for others and gradually moving into working for herself. Now she has busy transcription service business, a few niche blogs, a podcast for virtual assistants, and a host of other internet marketing projects on her virtual resume. You’ll find her tidbits of creativity everywhere when you visit Loretta online, from her cross stitch website to her social media profiles, all with a dash of snark and a speckle of humor.


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Lisa Marie Mary February 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

That service sounds very interesting, especially for fussy mussies like myself. Whenever I do buy anything out of my ordinary humdrum stuff, I wear it a couple times and then it just lives in my closet. So the trial phase for any ‘fancier than I’m used to’ outfit would definitely be a plus!


Loretta Oliver February 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

It’s like Netflix for clothes :-p

I’m also finding it very helpful right now because I am in that weird sort of between sizes place and I can wear nice things that fit me properly without having to buy new clothes every three months.


Lisa Gentile March 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

This is neat. I’ve seen it on Facebook as well. Been debating giving it a try. It sounds like Netflix for your closet. :-) I do tend to wear things that I own many times but this would be great for having to go to a networking event and needing something more dressy. You don’t have to commit to a new outfit you might only need once or twice.


Lisa Marie Mary March 23, 2014 at 1:09 pm

That’s a really great point, Lisa! I know, for me anyway, I really don’t have the need or occasion to dress “up” that often. So for the times I do, networking – a graduation – a wedding, etc – that would be really good!


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