Once during an interview, Dolly Parton said she always dresses up at home around her husband (including hair and makeup). Her reasoning was that if she goes to the trouble to dress up for strangers in public, why wouldn’t she get done up for her husband?
Wow. That’s seriously dedicated. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that point. You see, I’m not a style guru to start with. Clothes aren’t really my thing because I HATE shopping. To top it off, I, like most people, want to be comfortable in my own home. So I will happily choose comfort over style when it comes to dressing, especially at home.
When I come home from work, church, etc., the first thing I want to do is change into something comfy. Most times this happens to be a bubu. For those who may not know what a bubu is, it is a long, flowing gown made from simple African print. It looks like a sack, scores zero points for sexiness, and I love it! I own quite a few in different shapes and sizes, to my husband’s utter amazement and dissatisfaction.
I remember the first time I wore my beloved bubu in our new home. Husband dearest looked at me curiously and said: “What’s that?”
“It’s a dress.” I answered innocently.
“Really?” (His intonation spoke volumes 😂)
“Yes. You don’t like it?”
He grunted a reply and let it be. Taking that to be his approval (Well, truthfully? Not really! 😀), I carried on in my bubu-wearing bliss, occasionally interrupting it with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, or a dress.
But then, there were the not-so-subtle hints I couldn’t continue to ignore without feeling like a rebellious wife. For example, he bought me a couple of very nice casual but stylish dresses that I probably wore just once before condemning to the back of the wardrobe. At other times, there were good-natured comments about how the bubu is “shapeless” and “hides everything!” Lol.
What’s a girl to do?🤔 Well, since it’s highly unlikely I will transform into a “Dolly Parton” overnight, the simple adjustments will have to do for now. Little by little, more shapely dresses and casual wear are now replacing my beloved bubus. The sacrifices we make for our husbands, hey? 😀
So… ladies – do you dress up, dress down, or dress the same when you are at home? Comments and suggestions very welcome. C’mon, help a sister here 😉 Join the conversation by leaving a comment on the post or on Facebook.