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Forever lazy: When did we give up on looking our best?

Morning, UP

January 28, 2012
RENEE?PRUSI ( , The Mining Journal

When did Americans get Forever Lazy?

While I have been known to revel in lounging now and again, to hear/see a product with that name marketed as something to aspire owning is a bit much.

And frankly, the better name for the product might be PJs for Grown-Ups. Which are all well and good until the ad encourages people to wear them outside the sanctity of the home.

The Snuggie was scary enough as a potential football fan game-time garment, but the Snuggie, at least, is an easily removable add-on. Donning the Forever Lazy seems like much more of a clothing commitment, what with the special flaps for restroom use and all.

Comfort is a wonderful thing but when being comfortable translates into looking ready for nighty-night, then it goes too far.

Granted, wearing flannel pajama bottoms to the mailbox is one thing. Wearing them for an all-day shopping extravaganza is a bit much.

This attitude may be just another sign of my rapid aging, I suppose, but c'mon, people. Demonstrate a little self respect.

"What Not To Wear" on The Learning Channel has been a favorite program of mine for some time. For those who have never watched it, the show features stylists Stacy London and Clinton Kelly guiding people who are fashion disasters toward better wardrobes.

Some might think that shallow, but when you view the secretly filmed footage of the people who are going to be featured on the show, you understand why friends and family nominate them for style assistance.

Like it or not, in the real world, appearances matter.

Now, I have no claim of being a style setter. Most days, I am thrilled if my shoes match. And yes, I have accidently worn two different shoes to work before.

Therefore, fashionista, I am not. However, the older I get, the more I appreciate a person who's dressed well while in public. It's not about dressing expensively but rather donning clothes that are flattering, unstained and untorn.

Watching "What Not To Wear," you find the style makeover becomes transformative. The people who undergo the changes in their wardrobes and their grooming wind up feeling better about themselves. They walk taller and smile more readily. They exude confidence.

Again, some might think that shallow, but in this world we are judged at first glance, often unfairly, it's nice to have outer armor that boosts one's confidence.

The makeovers (or sometimes, makeunders) Stacy and Clint guide are not about everyone looking the same. Instead, they are about people expressing themselves through fashion in a way that accentuates their best features. The program provides $5,000 to achieve this new look, with the person undergoing the transformation surrendering his/her current wardrobe.

Sounds like a great trade to me. Of course, until Stacy and Clinton come find me, I will continue shopping the clearance racks, looking for some tasteful pieces to add to my working woman wardrobe, hoping to build my own self-confidence in this often cruel world.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is



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