Long-time reader and all-around amazing gal Ruth sent me this question:
What do I wear when I am on my own? I know that you have written about who one dresses for, and the correct answer is always ‘for myself’ (although having got into a relatively new relationship, I am delighted to be with somebody who finds me attractive, and love to dress in a way that he will like). But I live alone and work almost entirely from home. So there are some days when I see either nobody or only the local shopkeepers or the postman. So what to wear? I do have some standards. Occasionally I exercise in the morning and stay in my workout clothes all day (not a good idea – nothing is more uncomfortable than a sports bra worn all day) but normally I dress in ‘proper’ clothes, but the rather worst of them. And no jewellery – which for me is the signifier of being ‘properly’ dressed. I like clothes and probably have too many of them, and sometimes miss the opportunity to wear them. But there doesn’t seem any point in being anything more than decent and comfortable if I am on my own. I know you work at home but you are married so you have a husband to see you. But how does one resolve the problem of what to wear on one’s own? (If a tree falls in the forest…).