Stylish versus Practical!


I can remember talking Mama into buying me a pair of shoes when I was in junior high that the store only had in a half size too small for me.  I convinced her that they fit fine.  Actually they hurt terribly every time I wore them — but I thought they were wonderful, so I was willing to put up with hurting feet!  Impractical is buying and then wearing shoes that are too small for you, but style definitely trumped comfort back then.

I remember Mama buying me a beautiful white angora sweater as part of my school clothes for my senior year of high school.  It was the most beautiful thing I had ever owned and I couldn’t wait to wear it.  So the first fall day I got up and it was a little crisp and there was some frost on the grass, I wore it!  Unfortunately, it was so early in the fall that it warmed up quickly and was down right hot by the afternoon.  I absolutely sweltered in that thick, very furry sweater by the time I got home.  But, I wasn’t sorry I had worn it because I was sure I looked good!  Again, I was impractical because I wanted to be stylish  and didn’t care about comfortable! 

When I was little I can remember old women wearing their nylons (of course, nylons were two separate stockings then) rolled down around their ankles.  They would put an elastic garter (which looked like bigger versions of the elastic hair bands that you use now to hold poney tails) in the top of their stockings and then rolled the stockings all the way down around their ankles so that they had a nylon on their foot with a perfect roll of brown around their ankle and bare leg above that!  I have no idea why they didn’t just wear cotton anklets, but I’m guessing they were simply being practical and making do with what they had.  Comfort and practical beat out style. 

When I went to the party at DD’s in Chicago Saturday night, I proved that I have definitely arrived at the “practical beats out style” time in my life now.  

When I was getting ready for the party I realized I had made a slight “packing error” —  I had packed two different black earrings!


There was a time in my life when I would absolutely not have worn those earrings, but I’m much more comfortable with who I am now.  And it was practical just to wear what I had — so I wore them.

I had a terrific time getting to visit with DD’s wonderful friends, and no one seemed to notice my “eclectic” earrings.

     I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I’ve stepped over the line from caring about being stylish to being practical.  How long can it be before I start rolling my nylons down around my ankles!?

12 Responses to Stylish versus Practical!

  1. Cathy Norris says:

    Now THAT’s the picture I want to see. Please promise that if you wear those wonderfully styled nylons down around your ankles, you’ll post it!

  2. Sandra says:

    Cathy — you KNOW I will! 🙂

  3. Tanna says:

    LOL! I have been a strong advocate of the practical over the appearance for years! Much to the dismay of my family at times! LOL!

    I agree; more of us should run into the fire…

    And, I’m going to be trying that strawberry pie!! Thanks for the WW recipe!

  4. Sandra says:

    Hi, Tanna!

    Yes, I’m all about comfort too, but I have to admit I do still like to TRY to be stylish, just in a more practical way than when I was young!

    Hope you like the pie as much as I do. My sister-in-law is ALWAYS watching her weight, and she makes one almost weekly, so that it can be her “go to” sweet when she craves one.

  5. Mary Bowlin says:

    Don’t you dare….you are not that old yet!!! 🙂

  6. Mary Bowlin says:

    PS. I should have mentioned I was talking about the nylons rolled down…….

  7. Julie says:

    Aunt Sandy, you always look great! I’m already choosing to be comfortable over being stylish…. what does that say about me? 😀

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. Sandra says:

    Oh, Mary but think how cute we would be at golf if we wore hose rolled down around our ankles with our golf shoes! Maybe while the rest were laughing at us, we could win! 🙂

    Julie — What that says about you is that you got smart alot earlier in life than I did!

    Hope you had a wondeful Valentine’s Day.

    Love, Aunt Sandy

  9. Amy O says:

    Fashion Forward. That is all, you are fashion forward.

  10. Sandra says:

    Amy — I like that — that’s the way I’m going to look at it too — fashion forward! 🙂

  11. C. Beth says:

    Practicality overruled stylishness for me as I got along in my first pregnancy. Suddenly I needed comfortable shoes…and I’ve hardly ever been able to go back to uncomfortable, 4 inch heels since. 🙂

  12. Sandra says:

    Well, Beth, something interesting has happened with me in regard to heels. By the time I retired, I had pretty much given them up, but I have found I enjoy wearing heels occasionally now that I don’t work every day! No one is more surprised about that than me!

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