The at-home clothes I'm buying now - une femme d'un certain âge

A few things I’ve shopped this week…

Madewell re-sourced sweatshirt with stripe. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Currently, I’m uninterested in adding anything to my wardrobe that doesn’t have Wear-Now-Wear-Later potential. It has to be comfortable enough to wear at home, but also polished enough to wear out when we are once again “free to move about the cabin.”

Above: it’s a sweatshirt yes, but those stripes take it up a notch. To me it reads as a casual sweater. It’s well-reviewed, and I’m hoping it won’t be too boxy as I absolutely love these colors!

At-home clothes you can wear to go out. Athleta Brooklyn lined joggers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In comments on Monday’s post, a couple of you mentioned these lined Brooklyn joggers for cooler weather wear, so for the sake of research 🧐 I ordered a pair.

Like the other Brooklyn pants, they’re available in Regular, Tall and Petite sizes. (This toffee color seems to be sold out in many sizes, but the black is still widely available.)

Prima Donna Deauville bra and panties. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In January, I usually take stock of my bras and replace any that are getting worn or stretched out. I’ve worn this particular style of bra for years, and it’s still the best-fitting I’ve ever found. I couldn’t resist this cinnamon color, and even splurged on a pair of the matching panties.

(I usually don’t worry about matching my bras and panties. I’m very hard to fit for bras, so that’s what I focus on. I’ve worn these panties daily for years, and usually replace/replenish during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.)

Yes, I’ve become THAT dog owner… 😆

Embark dog dna test. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

One of my readers mentioned that Gigi looks like a Norfolk Terrier, and ever since then I’ve been dying to know more about her lineage.

A friend recommended this DNA test which she used for both of her rescue dogs (with some surprising results). Gigi has been “swabbed” and I should have results in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned… 🐕

Stay in touch.

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17 Comments

  1. Ellen
    January 6, 2021 / 4:36 am

    Thanks for the p-update! 😉

  2. Libby
    January 6, 2021 / 6:44 am

    Susan: Just a note on bras: I am a small size bra, BUT have found that Third Love is the best ever. They make a half size bra (for all sizes) and it’s magic. I always wore a 34B but it was just too big . Now I wear a 34A 1/2 and it is wonderful. Their colors are good and many different styles. Just fyi!

    • ChristineCascadia
      January 6, 2021 / 7:36 am

      I agree 100%!. My sizing turned out to be exactly like yours. Best COVID purchase to date.

  3. Rhonda
    January 6, 2021 / 7:16 am

    Curious about the pants, whether they are a true petite in the cut or just short. I have a pair of Lululemon On the Fly knock offs. They are definitely it petite in the cut—I have to roll over the waistband to get the right fit.

    • Jen
      January 6, 2021 / 8:04 am

      I’m 5’3″, size 8, and the Brooklyn pants seem to be a true petite on me. Waist hits me at the right place.

      • Rhonda
        January 6, 2021 / 8:11 am

        Maybe the issue is that I’m 4-10!

  4. Greta Alexander
    January 6, 2021 / 7:17 am

    Susan, i love the Brooklyn joggers but like all Athleta pants, the size that fits in the store usually stretches a bit and I now go down one size. That works much better – for me.

  5. Eve
    January 6, 2021 / 8:45 am

    I find that by the end of the day, most pants will stretch a bit in the waist. Some more than a bit so they sag by end of day, that’s why I wear belted pants to wear outside home. I absolutely love this blog. Who would have have thought to get the DNA of a puppy? What a great idea! I know what my little cat is. He’s a Heinz 57 breed. I love colors like toffee, cinnamon, caramel, golden brown. Ivory, cream, beige too.

  6. January 6, 2021 / 8:47 am

    My new year’s ritual is to throw out all underwear that has any rips or stretched out elastic or is simply not serving me. I went out on 12/29 and came home with SIX bras and 14 pair of underwear. 😀 Washed them all and put them away on 12/31, ready to go on 1/1. It’s kinda my thang (as opposed to my thong, because, well, no). 🙂

  7. January 6, 2021 / 11:12 am

    Oh man, the agony of finding the right bra! It took me years and years as I have a large cup size, but narrow back. After many fittings and sales ladies trying to fit me in what they had, I found Wacoal at Nordstrom’s. I can comfortably wear several styles, but not all. I need maximum support in front without the band riding up in back and straps digging into my shoulders. They’re expensive, but last a long time. The Wacoal undies are really comfortable, too and wear like iron. I think I’ve had a few pair for over 10 years and they still fit the same and look like new.

  8. Kay
    January 6, 2021 / 5:54 pm

    What Gigi is is just plain cute. I love when you include her in the photos.

  9. Robyn
    January 7, 2021 / 2:30 am

    Susan, I found the bra sizing confusing. Do you have any advice?

  10. Ana
    January 9, 2021 / 9:24 am

    Curious: What do you do to dispose of old bras/panties?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 9, 2021 / 1:29 pm

      The bras I donate if they’re not too worn out. The panties, I toss. (They last forever, so I’ve only had to toss one or two per year the last few years.)

  11. Patty
    January 10, 2021 / 7:20 am

    Susan, are those Hanky Panky panties that you recommend not scratchy? I’m in the market for a new brand, but the lace has me worried!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 10, 2021 / 9:29 am

      They’re actually quite soft, not scratchy at all!

      • Patty
        January 11, 2021 / 5:12 am

        Great–thanks!

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