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Old 05-05-2015, 11:56 PM
 
Location: South of Oz & North of Shangri-La
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My mother and I always make sure we pick out outfits. Actually, this was a family thing and, I think, still is among all of the relatives. We never go anywhere, even on a little errand, without dressing carefully.

She is in her mid-80s, and I am in my early 60s. We're not out to impress anyone; we just want to feel neat and tidy. Actually, I don't think we have any "sloppy" clothes. We are lower-income, but we still manage to have nice though limited wardrobes.

EDIT: After reading more posts, I have to add this: It's rare for anyone on either side of our family to wear makeup. We're lucky that we have good skin, even with age; maybe part of that is because we never used cosmetics. Hardly anyone goes to a beauty parlor; we have neatly combed/brushed hair but never anything fancy. I guess the natural look has always been preferred. Everyone definitely is "low-maintenance", but we always look neat and put-together, whatever styles we select.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:11 AM
 
Location: South of Oz & North of Shangri-La
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Just go shopping at any WalMart and you should get the answer to this question ! Those people don't care WHAT they are wearing !

I try to look presentable, but on my day off I sometimes don't shave and will throw on jeans and a T shirt, but I still don't want to look like a slob.


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People always say that, but I've been at the two Wal-Marts in the area, and I have NEVER seen anyone sloppy, slovenly or unpresentable! Even dressed casually, they usually have nice, put-together outfits. Hair always is brushed and combed, and I've never detected BO. While not that many people wear makeup, those who do aren't overly coated.

These Wal-Marts are 30 miles apart, covering a lot of territory, so I do believe I see a big sampling of types of customers.

I get very tired of people insulting those at Wal-Mart! But, maybe where these people work, they are messy. I have NEVER seen anyone like that. Occasionally, there are young girls who push the limits, but they are a rarity. Even the boys in this area don't seem to care for the falling-down pants and other sloppy dress.

I think people find Wal-Mart an easy target. It's likely that many haven't even been in one and are just going on hearsay.

Why is it that I've been shopping there regularly and never see what they claim to see? I'm a very observant person. Maybe the messy ones are always on the other side of the store?
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:32 AM
 
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I have worn lounge pants or PJ pants with a tshirt to the drive thru to get Bojangles biscuits. PJs/ loungers aren't comfortable to wear out all day, but I have def worn them when I was very sick (flu etc) to the doctor because I felt too bad to change! On a daily basis I wear jeans (winter) shorts or capris (summer) and a tshirt(all year) and/or a hooded sweatshirt when it's cold My t-shirts or hoodies fit well and display a favorite band, favorite place, favorite restaurant or an animal I like on them. My t-shirts remind me of good times and they're comfortable. I don't know anyone that would think less of me for being causual and I wouldn't want to know them! I like my outfits to match, be neat and stainfree. Being casual doesn't mean you dress sloppy! On the occasions I dress up it means dress cords or nice capris and a nice button down shirt or flowered blouse. I hate wearing dresses but have worn them on occasion if the situation waranted it.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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When you are going grocery shopping, to post office, or running any other errands, not expecting to meet your friends/associates..., do you care to dress nicely?
yes
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:45 PM
 
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Brian Williams, disgraced NBC anchor, after shopping at drug store this week.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:05 AM
 
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When you are going grocery shopping, to post office, or running any other errands, not expecting to meet your friends/associates..., do you care to dress nicely?
I care to dress neatly but very casually.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: NOT in the Land of lollipops & unicorns...I live in reality.
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When you are going grocery shopping, to post office, or running any other errands, not expecting to meet your friends/associates..., do you care to dress nicely?
80% of the time I care and at least put on 'decent' clothes ( a sun dress, jeans and a nice top), do my hair, and wear lipstick...just to run errands. 20% it's to the Food Lion closest to the house and yoga pants and a top with a blue chambray long shirt to cover up...hair at least brushed and don't know where my lipstick is. I'm 62...pro'lly nobody looks or cares, but I do.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Hah, true story...Not an hour ago, I was running a few quick errands in between studying for finals. I am four and a half months pregnant, have an aching back at the moment from too much time sitting and studying combined with pregnancy aches so I dressed down even for me...sweatpants (which I normally don't leave the house in), and an Old Navy fitted tank top. My hair was wet from the shower, no makeup, and I didn't sleep well last night and have allergies Not winning any prizes. At all.

The most adorable young 20-something man who rang up my purchases was all personable and flirty (!), complimented my glasses, just all around charming. I don't know if he was taking pity on the sick, tired, achy, 38-year old visibly pregnant woman wearing sweats, or what, but it was pretty cute, and made me smile.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Middle Earth
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I live in a suburb where all the prettier and richer folks shop at Target (Target is the queen bee here), so I do feel like I *have to* dress better when I go to Target, but not so much when I go to Wal-Mart even though it's just down the street. It's amazing to see how different the demographics are at each store even though both stores are practically just within 5 miles of each other and the whole city is considered a wealthier suburb.

Anyway, I prefer to go to WM because I don't feel like I'm trying to compete with anyone there and the prices and selection are better. I swear people rent luxury cars just to show up there and look their best because it's also a great place to bump into a hot guy/girl.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I cannot imagine a world where I dress up to go to Target. I also live in an upscale suburb, and Target is two blocks away.

Target is Walmart with a facelift, and the bragging rights that allow them to tack on a few dollars more to the same old sweatshop crap.
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