My daughter hates themed clothing, yet I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I am a teacher. It is practically required for teachers to own seasonal clothing. Even now that I am retired it is difficult for me to pass up a sale on Christmas sweaters. Last year when I was shifting my wardrobe from winter to spring, I actually tossed several holiday sweaters in the Goodwill bag in an effort to move my wardrobe to retirement wear. Remembering this, it was a surprise to me to find that I still had at least five Christmas sweaters when I opened up my sweater storage box last week. Unlike some of those hideous sweaters that you see on the Internet, I like to think that my sweaters are tasteful and classic. My daughter rolls her eyes and says "Mom, are you trying to look like a teacher?"
As I searched google images for a picture to go with this posting, I began to rethink my daughter's position on themed clothing. Page after page of red and green sweaters adorned with reindeer and sparkly stars assaulted my eyes. Maybe my daughter is right?
But, there's something so festive about wearing red during the Christmas season. And, if there's a few sequins...even better! I didn't buy any new seasonal sweaters this year. I did, however, find a turtleneck with a small, tasteful, candy cane embroidered on the neck. It will be perfect under one of my red sweaters. So I guess one of my adjustments to retirement is transitioning my wardrobe to non-teacher style. I'm cutting back on holiday "professional" wear and adding more jeans.
As I curb my dependance on gaudy sweaters, I can always embellish with accessories. Teachers also have accessories, usually in the form of chunky wooden jewelry. I have quite a collection of seasonal themed pins ...my daughter hasn't said anything about not wearing seasonal jewelry.