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Old 02-11-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I live in a place where most people wear very casual clothes. Just jeans or shorts or maybe jogging pants every day everywhere. I have so many pretty fancy clothes in my closet and would love to wear them but have no reason and would feel overdressed. I do not really have any special occasions coming up to give me an excuse to wear the pretty clothes. What should I do?

Does anyone else want to get dressed up but feel they can't because nobody else does?
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Move to an area that is not as casual.
Go to events like the symphony, opera, etc, where you can dress up.
Join a private club and avail yourself of the amenities.

I get dressed up on a weekly basis, and I sometimes wish I did not have to!
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:13 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Move to an area that is not as casual.
Go to events like the symphony, opera, etc, where you can dress up.
Join a private club and avail yourself of the amenities.

I get dressed up on a weekly basis, and I sometimes wish I did not have to!
This. Choose venues that require more formal dress. And just because everyone else is wearing jeans doesn't mean you can't wear a dress or skirt. Dresses are actually more comfortable, and they're cooler in summer.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:14 PM
 
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I live in an extremely casual area and I get dressed up all the time.

Lifes too short, I'll wear what I want.

Interestingly, I have noticed that the other women are now dressing up a bit more, too. Like they are rising to my challenge or something.

It's nice.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:28 PM
 
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I live in an extremely casual area and I get dressed up all the time.

Lifes too short, I'll wear what I want.

Interestingly, I have noticed that the other women are now dressing up a bit more, too. Like they are rising to my challenge or something.

It's nice.
This^^^. I feel exactly the same. And I too have noticed other women around here starting to dress up more. I always get compliments when I dress up, so I don't know why more people don't. I don't even mean super fancy, just a nice dress, jewelry, etc. Peronally, I enjoy standing out in a crowd, especially now that I am 65.

Pretend you are a rock star!
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I dress up whenever I want to...if everyone else can go to Walmart in their pajama pants, I can go in a pretty dress. The fun thing about it is that my husband feels like he has to dress a little nicer if I'm wearing something nice, so if I get tired of his ratty t-shirts and sloppy cargo shorts, I just dress up a bit.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:47 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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I have to dress nice for work so I like to dress casually for evenings and weekends. Comfort is my friend.
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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I live in an extremely casual area and I get dressed up all the time.

Lifes too short, I'll wear what I want.

Interestingly, I have noticed that the other women are now dressing up a bit more, too. Like they are rising to my challenge or something.

It's nice.
It's planting seeds. The way you act and look has an ripple effect on the outside world. You know how when you pay someone a compliment and it brightens their day and they usually they pay another person a compliment or you in return? It works the same way with your dress sense. When you dress nice and put together, I think it makes other people look at you and then themselves and inspires them try harder in their own clothing choices. If we all did that in our society, people would not only look and feel better but act better.

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Old 02-11-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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Move to an area that is not as casual.
Packing up and moving isn't the simplest of solutions.

To the OP: I'm in a similar boat, but I simply dress up anyway. Ultimately, how you carry yourself will dictate more about your level of appropriateness more than your clothes actually will. I've been in more than one situation where I've made the other patrons question the way THEY dressed rather than the other way around, by confidence alone.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:33 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Packing up and moving isn't the simplest of solutions.
As you can plainly see, it is one of several solutions.
Simple was not a parameter....
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