No more bundling up, for now

“Don’t look there. Look over there.”

Opening my closet to pick out what I was wearing to work, my eyes first focused on the same placed they had for most of the past six months — the long-sleeve, button-down shirts.

That’s what happens when winter and its various vestiges last until the middle of May.

However, this was a new day, a day that would be warm, a day that called for short sleeves.

Finally.

When I first got a job that wasn’t in a kitchen or didn’t require a uniform of some kind, I wore … whatever I felt like wearing that day.

Whatever I chose, it would have a collar.

When I first got a job that wasn’t in a kitchen or didn’t require a uniform of some kind, I wore … whatever I felt like wearing that day. We didn’t have an actual dress code, so a lot of times, it was just jeans and the shirt I happened to grab.

Eventually, the rule of thumb became wearing something we would feel was appropriate if you unexpectedly had to meet the governor, and that’s what I went with for the next 10 to 15 years.

When I started working in the office before where I work now, I was wearing tan slacks and similar-colored sweater one day. It was perfectly fine attire, but one of the guys I worked with stopped in my office and warned me that the boss like the guys to wear collared shirts.

And so I’ve done that ever since.

Funny thing is, I told the boss that a few years later, and she said it wouldn’t have been an issue.

I think the next step is to move a few shirts out of my closet to the dresser drawer. At least the ones I never wear will get some use, right?

The warmer weather doesn’t just mean swapping out long sleeves for short and (hopefully, finally) leaving the winter jacket in the closet.

I have a feeling it’s also going to mean a reckoning.

After work, I’m all about comfort, and when it’s warm, that means T-shirts and shorts. Unfortunately, many of them are on the older side, which means holes.

And sometimes, those holes are in places that really aren’t good for holes to be.

If I’m just bumping around the house, that’s fine, but if I’m at the gym, playing pickleball or otherwise out in public, I like my stuff to not have its own ventilation system.

Unfortunately, fewer and fewer of my T-shirts fit that description. Some of them have already been put on pajama duty, while others are too far gone for even that, so they have been permanently retired.

Not the Utica College T-shirt, though. It may be unwearable, but tossing something from my alma mater — even if it’s not that name anymore — in the trash is a bridge too far.

I think the next step is to move a few shirts out of my closet to the dresser drawer. At least the ones I never wear will get some use, right?

I haven’t done an inventory, but it looks like I’ll have enough shirts to get through the week, especially since it doesn’t matter what I wear the days I work at home.

The good thing about black pants is that anything goes with them, so I could wear pretty much whatever I wanted.

I ended up picking a shirt with an orange shade not far from something out of the House of McLaren. I haven’t done an inventory, but it looks like I’ll have enough shirts to get through the week, especially since it doesn’t matter what I wear the days I work at home.

Assuming they all still fit. The shirt seemed kind of tight when I put it on.

All of this, of course, assumes we’ve fully made the turn toward warmer weather. It looks like we have, but it’s still May in the Northeast, so you never know.

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