You know you're really into fashion when...

... all your sweatpants are too upscale to lounge in!

Yeah, somehow I became that person. Came home dog tired, looking for something soft to cuddle up in, and did not even consider the sweats. Those are my business sweats, thankyouverymuch. 

Ladies, help me feel a little less ridiculous, will you? How would you finish the title sentence?

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  • Neel replied 4 years ago

    ... You semi tuck your lounge tees into lounge pants o_O

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    That's hilarious, Rae!

    Here's mine: ...when you post on Facebook that you bought all new makeup, and somebody warns you that new makeup may lead to wanting to buy new clothes and shoes, and you laugh and laugh and laugh!

  • annagybe replied 4 years ago

    I purposely kept a pair of khaki colored wide legged sweatpants for this purpose. The closest they get to public consumption is taking out the recycling or trash.

  • fuzzylogic replied 4 years ago


    .........even your workout gear is co-ordinated.....

  • rae replied 4 years ago

    LOL! Mary, bewaaaaare! hahahaha

  • fuzzylogic replied 4 years ago

    Neel- bwahaha!

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    Heh. I think that horse left the barn a very long time ago!

    Neel, i do that, too! ;)

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    When you purchase your new home and splurge on a shoe closet instead of doing the responsible thing like buying a refrigerator or kitchen equipment. I made the justification of not being able to cook and lived off packged Ramen Noodles for a long long time.

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    ...the first thing you do in the morning before even getting ready is check the YLF website. :^)

  • Fruitful replied 4 years ago

    When people on "other" forums (perfume, makeup) think you're a paragon of discipline because you hardly buy anything... o.O

  • fuzzylogic replied 4 years ago

    Guilty- I check the YLF website first thing, too!!

  • leopardluxe replied 4 years ago

    You know you're really into fashion when...

    ...every time you move to a new place the first criteria for choosing a new house or apartment is the size and number of closets.

    ...Or, the home must have one more bedroom than I actually need so I can convert it to a closet/boudoir/dressing room.

  • crutcher replied 4 years ago

    You know you are into fashion when...You read InStyle with a marker and post-its and old copies are tabbed with color tabs...

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    … when you use spreadsheets to monitor how many of each item you own and how often it gets worn.  

  • Vildy replied 4 years ago

    you are already judging a look as over-saturated when it hasn't yet made it to your real life environment and won't for years, if ever.

  • missvee replied 4 years ago remember the clothes in the movies, and forget the plot.

  • Susie replied 4 years ago semi tuck your sleep tee into your sleep shorts, as I am wearing right now! read YLF every night in bed before falling asleep.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    When you can't get to sleep, you start planning outfits in your head to relax.

  • Mo replied 4 years ago

    Ditto Joy . . . I often imagine outfits as I'm dozing off.

  • donnat replied 4 years ago

    I am with Vildy, judging a look as oversaturated and it hasnt made it to my real life yet. I also get up half an hour earlier so i can have coffee and read ylf.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    Great, GREAT thread. 

    As long as everyone is having fun along the way - why not. 

  • Peri replied 4 years ago

    You hear the word "purge" and don't assume it is about food.

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    Lol I love this thread.  I'm new to this but already doing a bunch of these. 

    ...Your rubbernecking checking out other people's street style (and trying to get a good look at their shoes) is getting socially awkward.  :D

  • torontogirl replied 4 years ago

    You spend 1/2 the sermon at church trying to analyse why the lady in the next row's column of color worked so well ... not that I just did that today, just hypothetically, of course ;)

  • Aubergine replied 4 years ago

    You spend so much time looking at shoes online that you can immediately identify the brand, and sometimes even the style name, of strangers' shoes.

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    These are great!  Vildy, I totally do that!  Sterling, I do the spreadsheet, too!  Crutcher, I take photos of the pages in InStyle at the salon when I'm getting my hair done!  And leopardluxe, I am totally planning a bedroom-as-closet when I move out of the Bachelorette Pad! 

    And of course it goes without saying that YLF is my first stop in the morning and my last stop at night!  ;)

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    When you are out shopping and I put YLF member names to pieces of clothing I look at. As in 'this is so lyn' or 'Maryk could make this work'.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 4 years ago

    When you dream of your children moving out so you can take one of their rooms and turn it into a fantasy dressing room... and then realize they come back for vacations and summer and need a bed!  

  • rae replied 4 years ago

    Hehe, oh yes, I do a lot of the ones mentioned! Taking photos of the magazines at the salon, rubbernecking, naming brands as I see them in the wild... 

    Ladywone, you remind me of me, too. Not with a refrigerator per se, but lots of other things. New car, better food, cable TV... lol. 

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    You pay A LOT for said sweatpants.

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 4 years ago have some angst that your new helmet won't match your leathers or your bike because you didn't consult fabbers before buying!  But seriously, we all have our "junk", right.  Some of my women track friends are like, eh, who needs furniture, I can sit on my bike.  Why clean the house, I'd rather be riding, etc.  And we won't even start on the subject of my nail varnish collection ;-)

  • Gigi replied 4 years ago

    ...when you analyze the color of people's clothes and have a thought process like, "Hmm, I think that's closer to a blush than a light salmon," or " I think that's more ink blue than navy."

    ...when you see a complete stranger dressed spectacularly and you want to go up and compliment her on her outfit.

    ...when you know more than the average SA about sizing (petite vs. juniors' vs. misses'). 

    I'm laughing so hard at people's responses!

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    Gigi, I totally compliment strangers on their outfits!  They are almost always thrilled!  :)

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Oh- relate-relate-relate!
    When you are thinking about fashion during a conversation with your DH.
    When your DH asks you what was just just said on you fav TV show and you didn't hear either because you were thinking about fashion......

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    When your DH laments about where all the money goes each month and you blame it on the exorbitant cost of food ;0

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    When you are in a tornado warning and are wondering how much of your wardrobe you can manage to move to the (relative) safety of the basement.

  • Catnip replied 4 years ago

    ...when you walk down Madison Avenue in NYC counting how many people are wearing white pants before Memorial Day... and knowing they are the ones who are really on trend.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    What a fantastic thread!! Laughing out loud in recognition. 

    I do so many of these. YLF first thing in the morning and last thing at night? Guilty as charged. And, yup, I admit it, YLF participants' names pop into my head when I see stuff in stores (waving at Deb). And I plan outfits in my head when I can't get to sleep (hey, it beats counting sheep, right, Joy?) 

    And I loved the point about over saturation! Yup, been there, too! Also, ID'ing other people's clothes and footwear...and complimenting them on it. (Waving at Gigi and MaryK).

    Here are a couple more: 

    You know you're really into fashion when....

    When anything happens in your life -- trip, new job, meeting, new baby, award, dinner with old friends, dinner with new friends, concert, wine bar date, and especially a YLF meet up -- and your first (and pretty much your only) real question is: What will I wear?? 

    Your frail and nearly blind mother looks forward to seeing your outfits as much as she looks forward to seeing you! 

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Yes Suz- my Mum ALWAYS notices and comments on my outfits :) 

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    Rae I love this thread...  my answers would be a repeat of so many already mentioned:

    ...when the first thing you do each morning is check YLF

    ...when your child is writhing on the floor in hunger while you are checking out
        YLF saying "I'll cook dinner soon"

    ...when after a deep and meaningful with your DH/SO he asks what you are
        thinking about ... and it's YLF related

    I could go on.... lol

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 4 years ago

    Complimenting strangers outfits or better yet offer honest feedback in dressing areas, which is always appreciated! And dreaming of getting the guts to offer a makeover to those Mom jeans with white sneakers women in the grocery store.

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    OMG I am a HUGE enabler in the dressing area!!  LOL

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    When your favorite way to relax is closet therapy (aka playing in my closet).

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Oh, Deborah -- I have been there! (And so have DD and DH!!) <blushing furiously...>  

    Here's another that occurred to me, in relation to those: 

    When you buy something new and your DH says only, "What do the Ladies say?" 

    Or, better yet, when HE buys an article of clothing for himself and he says: "What would the Ladies say?" or "What would Angie say?" 

  • Adelfa replied 4 years ago

    When you meet your sister whom you haven't seen for a year, and you look at her daisy cardigan and not her face. (And she notices and says, "Up, up, look up.")

    When in church you're solving fashion problems in your head instead of listening to the sermon.

  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    LOL, Hillarious!:-) ...and all...ALL... SO TRUE (for myself, too:-)).

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    I have no idea what any of you are talking about.


  • Fruitful replied 4 years ago

    When you decide a guy is a keeper based on him saying this "Just my opinion, but I think these shoes would work better than those, as they'd give you more flexibility with your wardrobe" - yes this happened :D

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    I can relate to soooo many of these! I also semi tuck my sleep wear.

    I also know I'm into fashion when I talk about it so much to hubby that he actually knows the terms PPL and the color blush vs. pink.

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    A dressing room enabler here, also. Oh, and if I see a great haircut, I always compliment. I will even walk across the street to say something. I figure that counts as exercise.

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    Some of these crack me up and I can relate to many...semi-tucking sleepwear or lounge wear... thinking about rescuing specific clothing in case of a tornado or fire...worrying more about what 's new on YLF than what's on the news in the morning...

    Oh and being SUPER excited to hear the UPS truck coming down the road :-).

    Fun thread!

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    When you have certain painting pants that going with certain painting tops.  And designated painting/cleaning the crawl space earrings.

  • rabbit replied 4 years ago

    lol crawl space earrings... hahahahaha

    I so relate.

  • Vildy replied 4 years ago

    "cleaning the crawl space" earrings - may just take first prize. Sounds so cinematic, as though there's a whole backstory as to how a stylish person like you came to be there and doing that.

  • rae replied 4 years ago

    Aw, you guys made me smile today! Thank you for brightening up the morning once again. 

    Haha, I'll third that one about the UPS man! 

    ...when the doorbell rings and you run the high hurdles over furniture, cats, and husband alike to make sure nothing goes wrong with your delivery. :)

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    That's the best line ever, Rae - those are my business sweats!

    I think the flag went up for me when, many years ago, my best friend took a little spill on his motorcycle... and we both wailed together, "No, not your/my leather jacket!"

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 4 years ago

    So many of these are so relatable and how many of us have TEXSTYLE"s elation at hearing the UPS< FED EX of Mail Truck?????

  • JenA replied 4 years ago

    .... When you fry your phone (and the backup) and loose a year's worth of outfits you've been tracking on Stylebook and go into a frenzy trying to reenter all of the pictures and data, so you have an accurate item cost per wear.

    ...... think about what YLFers would say when you put an outfit together and actually hear the voices in your head. 

    .... think of your closet as "my happy place". 

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