OK, here is a challenge for you Quaker ladies who dress plain.

We've had lovely fine weather here today and it got me thinking about summer and then about plain dressing in summer.

As someone with a public facing job, I am modern plain. I don't have to wear uniform (which would incidentally make it easier to be a modern plain), for work but all my clothes must be machine washable at 60 degrees if needed (not done always, but it is a case of if I get contaminated with body fluids, then they need to be washed that way). I also need to be able to move freely (defined as being able to walk backwards for 10 metres at the same speed as if I was walking forwards).

What would you list as a core wardrobe for a modern plain, both summer and winter?

I figure I will be refining my wardrobe over several years towards this, but I figure it is an interesting discussion.

In my favour I can sew, and I have tame family members who could sew for me!


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Might want to make that 8 so you have one to wear while the other 7 are in the wash, otherwise laundry day creeps sooner each week.
I don't use tights.  In the winter I wear black long underwear and black wool knee socks.  They both last a good while and are easier to put on.  :)

Karen Mercer said:

I am always wearing out my tights too...my toes go through them! I end up cutting off the feet and wearing them tucked into kneesocks. I ended up with two winter coats too...a shorter, lighter and more casual one and a full length one that is warmer and a bit dressier, insofar as plain black with no buttons is dressy. It's coat weather from October to March or April here. I also have to use a shared laundry so I have to think of that too.


It's not easy to get rid of loved clothing. I have no problem with the worn out, the mis-sized and the inappropriate ones but I own some very nice things as well. I'm trying to make myself give up 2 or more things before I can buy anything new. The gentle approach seems less traumatizing. I'm too attached to things and sentimental.


I liked Helen's trick for sweat trickles! I once saw clam-diggers (pants to the knees) online that had an attached wrap skirt in the same material, also to the knee. I'd quite like something like that for cycling....I can't afford one of those old-fashioned bikes with the chain-guards for long skirts.

Sorry, I didn't see the question about the Tara dress until now.


The Tara dress in Caribbean cloth is the heavier weight -- too heavy for me in Pennsylvania or New York City summertimes.  This one is currently sold out for the season except in bright orange.  (Gee, I wonder why bright orange would be left.... ;-) )  I wear this in cooler weather and layer under and over it as needed.


The Tara dress in Breezecloth is the lighter weight, and it's what I wear in the summer.


Neither type of cloth is all that soft, in case that's an issue for you, but I wear one of their slips underneath anyway, so it's fine for me.


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