Does fibro cramp your STYLE?

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kelly71
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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I was reading another post and a question popped into my foggy head. Has fibro changed the way you dress? I mean, are you now the queen (or king) of sweatpants and T-shirts? What has fibro done to your wardrobe?

Personally, I have always been a jeans & T-shirts kind of girl. Give me a pair of track pants, a comfy shirt and a hoodie and I'm happy. And, well, y'all know that I hate wearing shoes, but since I have to, I'm stylin' in my huge collection of adidas shoes. Maybe if I wasn't so painful, I would try to dress up a little more, but by the time I get out of bed, shower, fix my hair, etc, I could not care less what I'm wearing. It would take a lot to get me into a dress, and heels? Uh, **** no! nono

But for those of you who actually try to look nice, how has fibro changed the way you dress? confused
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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly,

I am strictly jeans and tee shirts too. Now and then sweats. I hate shoes too, but have to wear them. So I go with the most comfy thing that I can find. Something easy to put on.

I use to primp my hair. Curling iron, blowdry, but my arms can't take it anymore. So I have to go with a curly perm that I can scrunch up and be ready to go. Very seldom wear make up anymore.

I use to love to dance, can't do that too well now. So yes, fibro has really put a cramp in my style. My hips use to sway when I walked, now I am lucky to be walking.lol...

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   Posted 2/15/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gone hill so fast in this area that I actually had to set a goal to wear jeans everyday to class, so I don't look like a frumpy, sick girl. So I usually go with a tee shirt or one of those floaty top thingys. It's nice not to have something tight around me. I wear this one pair of sketchers I found, they are the only ones that don't hurt my back too terribly badly.
This all goes to heck as soon as I get home. Pajamas and sweatpants all the way!
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   Posted 2/15/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
about the only thing that fibro didn't change is the way I dress. Jeans, T-shirt, sneakers or hiking boots, and mascara. I've never fussed with my hair so fibro didn't change that either. Occasionally, I forget to comb my hair after I shower so I keep a comb in the car.

Fortunately, I can dress this way for work. I should dress a little more professionally but I can't stand shoes and skirts look funny with hiking boots.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to admit, when home, I am in fleecy robe. When I go out, jeans and sweater over T-shirt. Great winter boots by tender tootsies, which have laces in front and side zippers. Really easy to get on and off. Summer it's always Earth Shoes, usually clogs. Occasionally in summer I wear a t-shirt and tunic. Not stylin much anymore. I've learned practical beats stylish all to pieces. I can "suit up"for an appt. if I have to.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, you and I are opposites! I still dress the same way I have for years- skirt, blouse, heels [altho the heels are on their way out]. I don't even own a pair of jeans- to me they are really not that comfortable. I admit to some wardrobe malfunctions since I moved to the Twin Cities, altho I am slowly working it all out :) I am learning to enjoy flannel pants and dressing in layers. How had FM changed my clothes choices? In a most fabulous way! I love caftans. For those of you who never had the pleasure of relaxing in what I consider to be the ultimate comfy-sexy lounge wear, you should look it up.
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   

I have to look professional for court. I am a graduate student in psychology with two internships that involve days at court.  I also have to look semi grown up when collecting data for my master's thesis and when teaching.  I spend a lot of money on comfy cute shoes and try to find comfy professional looking outfits that do not make me look like a stuffy old lady.  I wear my clothes a little big and buy soft fabrics.  I had jeans hemmed so I could wear cute european type flats with them.  At home, I look completely different: mismatched pajamas and sweat shirts and hubby's old fleeces and pink american eagle slippers!

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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Stargeek: I totally understand. For about twenty years while raising my boys, I worked as a "Youth and Children at Risk" advocate/Parent Teacher-Trainer. I was in court, a lot. One has to be prepared b/c sometimes you are out doing a home visit and the phone will ring, cellphone, and the Case Worker would say, "you have to be in
Court in an hour". One of my colleagues had this happen and she showed up in overalls. It did not go over well, at all. I used to wear a lot of tunics and always kept a sportscoat in my truck, in drycleaners bag. That way if this happened, I could grab the sportscoat, put it on and instantly look more professional. Also those √čarth Shoes they sell at Walmart, soooo comfortable plus quite professional. Then I would put a bit of handcream or soap on a kleenex and instantly polish them. Now, well I'm semi-retired/disabled with many issues and miss working but cannot keep up the pace. I'm glad for you that you can.
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leemadd
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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a jeans and t shirt girl. However lately i find that the jeans are not even comfy I like my sweats. I do and have always enjoyed getting dressed up for occasions.Lately I find I dont enjoy that as much I have a lot of issues with shoes. they have to be comfy because I get a lot of pain in my feet. I have over 100 pair of shoes (hubby counted them) I can only wear maybe 10 pair.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I dress the way I always did but I have to dress a little warmer.  I get cold very easily since I developed fibro.
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 2/16/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I've always pretty much been a t-shirt and jean girl except when I've had jobs that required dressing up. Now it's sweats and t-shirts in the winter for the most part and shorts and t-shirts in the summer. I dress layers due to sudden temp changes and have a lot of fleece jackets to wear over ts.
 
Before fibro I never left the house without every hair in place and makeup on and would have never worn sweats to go anywhere. Now I wear sweats pretty much all the time, rarely wear makeup and my hair is hopeless. Energy has a lot to do with it for me. If I use the energy to get all dolled up to go somewhere I have less energy to do the things I need to go do. The feel of fabric is a biggy for me, if it is not soft I do not want to wear it. I know that is strange.
 
Yesterday we went to granddaughter's birthday party and I did wear jeans and even put makeup on. The shoes I wore had a heel on them and I can feel it in my feet today.
 
I like the earth shoes too. Shoes is like everything else these days I wear them for comfort not style.
 
I have done a 180 when it comes to how I dress and look since fibro. I don't know, when your battling everyday with pain and lack of energy your priorities change.
 
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Binki
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Its taken over a couple of years to transform into just jeans with comfy tops (blouses that are roomy) and most important very comfy shoes. I can't wear t-shirts or turtleneck type tops, I haven't been able to stand anything across my throat(adams apple). Slippers would be best, but I can't get away with that at work. :-)

For shoes, it's only good supportive tennis shoes with additional support inserts and for warm weather (I dream of my old flip flops) I have correct supportive dress sandals. I do have to admit I miss all my pretty high heels I use to wear. But I am glad that were I work that I don't have to "dress up" everyday. I use to, but sometimes it takes all I can to get here. I have long, straight hair....don't need to do anything there, make-up has been a thing of the past. I use to have such watery eyes from allergies, I gave up on the mascara and such.

So, yes, fibro has made a difference in my "style" for sure. Weight gain too. Ugh!
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carney
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to dress up all the time. Latest styles expensive leather jackets, hats, cute boots, heels and all kinds of cute things. I loved dresssing up. My 2 daughters and I shared clothing. My daughters now have most of my clothes. Anything tight I can't wear. Sweats and hooded sweatshirts with loose tank tops are my wardrobe.
 
I do dress up for speacial occasions and church but can't wait to get those clothes off the minute I get home. It's all about comfort now or as comfortable as I can get.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else create a storm front in the family room - you knnow, where hot and cold air masses collide?  I mean, I keep the house at 72 day and night.  It's not like I'm trying to freeze anyone out.  But B. is always cold .... always.  You can feel her hands .... yep, they're cold.  So she sits in her Lazboy with a fleece jacket on, I cover her with fleece blankets.  I sit around in shorts and a Tee shirt. 
 
Sometimes we turn on the gas fireplace and then I turn on the fan so it can cool me off.  It's a wonder we don't get storm clouds, thunder and fog in our family room. turn
 
I have low tolerance for heat.  Getting a car with heated seats (one side is always on and the other is always off) is the best thing I ever did. yeah
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG Rich, you with t-shirts and shorts and you wife weathing the blizzard, sounds reminescent of my dh and me. lol! :-)

He wears his shorts, t-shirts while I'm bundled up like nobody's business. I think us females have an internal thermostat set lower than men in general. Maybe that's why we like to cuddle...?.. :-)
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Irish Babe
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   

When I was working I always had to be 'Dressed', dress slacks and top, bra, stockings, dress shoes, make-up and hair. 1- 8 - 0!!! I wear jeans, sweats, t-shirt, NO bra, tank top under my shirt, socks, sneakers, flip-flops in the house after my shower, I haven't worn make-up since June. I will have to wear shoes in a couple of weeks for a church event, I'm going crazy trying to find a cheap pr of flat shoes. My clothes have to be soft, not tight and nothing constricting around the neck. I get antsy if the neck is tooo close, feel like I can't breathe.

I'm always cold, have to dress in layers. The rest of my family pretty much dresses in tees and slacks or jeans. My DD is funny, if she is home she's in shorts and a tee. My DH is starting to feel the cold a bit more, I don't know if I'm rubbbing off on him or what. shakehead  

The talk about heated seats reminded me, everytime I get in my car the seats are cold and the pillow I have for my back is cold. It seems forever before everything (including me) warms up in the car. I don't turn on the blowers till the HEAT is on. My DH has the blowers going and windows open, the cold air on my face sends me into the shakes. I hate winter.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Fibro has given me a new appreciation for flat shoes, at 5'2" that is a big deal for me!!  shakehead

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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that since all this started I dress alot more comfortable. Working I have to wear dress pants (black or khaki) any brand. I found one that is really comfortable...Lee makes them. Then I either wear a button down blue jean shirt or a polo shirt. Always with a sweater though. Used to be hot all the time now I freeze during the day and sweat at night. Gott a love the perimenopause LOL. As soon as I get home from work though I head for the jammies. Usually lounging pants and t-shirt or tank top. Whn I actually go somewhere (who has time with work?) I usually wear jeans and a hoodie in winter and shorts and tank top in summer. Shoes????Crocs are the only thing I can wear now. I tried to put my Nikes on the other day and it was soooo uncomfortable and hurt. :-( In the summer is flip flops. I dont know what I am going to do this summer for work. Last year I work the tennis shoes now I have no clue. I guess maybe the crocs without socks???? Any suggestions?

Make up I ALWAYS do...don't leave the house without it. Used to the hair had to be perfect but now I wash it fix my bangs and go. Usually ends up in pony tail by the end of the day. Occasionally I will feel good enough to use the straightner and make it look really good.
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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori, I found a mascara that doesn't irrate my eyes, Loreal Bare Naturale. I don't know what is different about it but it is the only one I have found that doesn't have me rubbing my eyes in no time after putting it on. I have blonde eye lashes and really need mascara if nothing else.
 
You know the more I hear the more I am convinced that men and women should not live in the same house, I wanted to do a duplex when we built this one but hubby didn't go for it. devil I am covered from head to toe with my little heater on me and Ken will be running around in his undies. He has been better this winter, I think it is from the blood thinners, and does wear a robe a lot more than he use to.
 
I have to laugh at my fog sometimes cause my temp can change from freezing to burning up in a flash and I have caught myself with both heater and fan on at the same time. Yesterday at granddaughter's birthday party I couldn't take my coat off the whole time cause I was freezing, everyone else seemed comfy. The poor dog will get up and go lay on the tiles sometimes to cool off.
 
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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Style?? What style?? I don't have any anymore...lol
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I always look for classically tailored knit clothing. The kind that is comfortable and never goes out of style.

I have several seats of knit pants and matching shirts and jackets. Some are more causal than others.

I will be making a digital commercial for my book. I plan to go to a make up counter and tell them to do me. If I have to hire someone to make me up on the day of filming I will do so.

I never wore make on a daily basis. It was always too much fuss for me.

this winter I purchased some North Face winter boots. I get lots of compliments on them and they are very comfy and warm. In addition, I bought Ugg sheepskin slippers. I never wore slippers until I purchased these. They are comfy and you can wear them year round.

I try to buy clothing on sale but for special occasions, I have to buy up.

When I begin public speaking again I will have to search hared for nice looking and comfy.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
According to certain other people (read: siblings) I don't have any real style and never have. It seems like I've ALWAYS dressed for comfort. Perhaps b/c I've had fibro symptoms since I was young? I for one do not understand what people find so comfortable about jeans. Denim is not comfortable to me! It's stiff, it's restrictive...ugh. Especially after you wash them. I can wear "casual" attire in the office, so most people wear jeans, but I'd really rather wear a skirt! I find flowing skirts w/ elastic waistbands to be more comfortable than jeans and pants. If not a skirt, I wear pants that aren't as tight and stiff as jeans...I have the most heavenly pair of soft khakis. If I'm home, I'm strictly in sweats, t-shirts and hoodies. I go out in those too, but DBF drew the line when I wore workout pants to the bar one night...boo. He and my sisters designated a drawer in my dresser for clothes that are never allowed to leave the house. rolleyes I can tell you my favorite items of clothing: a t-shirt I've had literally since I was a kid, it's so worn out and threadbare you can see through it in spots; a pair of jeans I've had for, oh...10 years that are also so worn they're threadbare and have a giant rip just under the butt cheek; a giant hooded sweatshirt that I acquired from some ex-bf somewhere along the way; and my college sweatpants.

As for shoes, I don't do heels, never have. Being only 5' tall you'd think I would, but I hate them. For one thing I can't walk in them and for another they hurt my feet. I prefer sneakers and if I can't wear sneakers I prefer flats. At home - slippers! I have these fur-lined clogs that I love but I think DBF threw them out b/c I can't find them lately...they had holes in the rubber soles and kept getting rocks caught inside them and rattling all around when I walked...

Makeup - I wear only eye liner, cream blush and mascara. I wouldn't wear any at all but I don't like how pale I am without it. My hair, I just wash and let it dry most days. Thankfully it's mainly straight so it doesn't look too bad, although I prefer a ponytail.

So style...didn't lose it, never had it! You can't lose something you never had I s'pose...my sisters keep telling me that at 24 I should be fashionable but...I'm not trying to impress anybody.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I bet nobody on here wears thongs!  My friend swears by them and I think they are the most horrible torture devide (besides pantyhose) created for women.   Tyno, I like the idea of wearing tunics with a sport coat. I  love tunics.  I will also check out earth shoes.
 
One thing that is nice for fibro people: I hate anything close to my throat, so I always wear scooped neck or v neck tops.  Those can be sexy - so fibro makes me more sexy!  woot. 
 
I wear very little make up and I am convinced that is why I stay looking so young (that and sunscreen every single day).  Make up foundation is uncomfortable and icky looking and (IMO) makes my skin unable to breathe.   
 
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   Posted 2/17/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I use to dress up alot, I use to work in an office, now it is whatever is comfortable. Half the time I spend most of my days in PJ's.
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   Posted 2/17/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to wear suits and flats everyday for work.. no more job.. no more dress up!! I get dressed everyday, do my hair just about everyday and makeup most of the time. It just makes me feel better. But when I get dressed its usually jean or comfy pants and a sweater. When I'm just hangin out at home I love my sweats or PJs.
As for that hot/cold thing. I don't know what it is about me but I'm always hot. I keep my house at about 63 degrees. Hubby, is the one that's always cold. In the summer we keep the house pretty cool. I hate winter.. but I hate being too hot even more. Must be that change of life thing or my internal furnace or maybe that hot Italian blood huh!?
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