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For daily wear, i am most apt to grab an A-line dress or skirt with blouse since they look OK on anyone, are modest enough for Mass, professional enough for my job, acceptable for my school despite not being leggings w/ a tight half-T (how do they wear those things anyway? although i do prefer leggings to actual hoseiry), and i don't care how appreciated they are for the rest of the real world since i prefer dresses to pants anyway. i like to wear matching business jackets and yes, shoes (i do have a cabinet with probably 100 pr of leather shoes from when i was an active sales professional making too much money with too little time so am still wearing those styles and haven't had more than 1 new pair of shoes in the last 5 years).
There is nothing better looking than a sharp-dressed man in dark suit, light colored shirt, leather wingtip shoes or moose mocs (but there are many great styles today in any of these as well). Actually, it doesn't matter what he's wearing as long as he's covered since the open-shirt/no-shirt look are not appreciated. For casual, khakis, jeans, whatever isn't too tight or noticably loose since it is pretty gross to be distracted by a man's crack. Cloths are really good on a man.
Since the fall we wear clothes for 3 reasons- to protect our dignity, express ourselves, and keep from freezing our tail off! Because they express who we are, and we are meant to be in relationship, clothes should not so much "make" us attractive, as reveal or translate the attractiveness inherent in us already.
For mass I like to wear a suit and tie. For summer I got a cream colored linen suit, which is super nice! Unless there's a Baptism I'm the only one who doesn't stick out In all seriousness, I just think that with the beauty of the architecture, the vestments, the singing, the vessels, etc and the fact that the mass is a wedding, I actually have started to feel out of place when I dress more casually.
Casual is often jeans (I prefer boot cut) casual sneakers and dress shirt with rolled up sleeves. A few years ago I needed a new fall/ spring jacket. I went to the store, then realized that I could get some sport coats at the thrift shop for way less, and they looked way better. I dropped about $70 and got 5 or 6 jackets, one of which was alpaca for $20! Now everyone is like "ooh, you dressed up!" Thinner sweaters that I can layer under my jackets also a plus. Sometimes I go with a plain dark t-shirt (contrasts with my pasty complexion!)
If its hot I'll wear shorts (end at the top of my knee) and sandals (the 3 strap kind, whatever you call them)
I used to wear stuff 2 or three sizes too big. Now I wear clothes that are fitted.
Women: Skirts should definitely be below the knee. I don't think long skirts are necessary but maybe for church and other more formal occasion maybe they are good idea. I am very anti pants on women. I suppose jeans are ok for very casual events, but when I ever meet up with a woman for a date and she is wearing jeans, I instantly know she really isn't that into me. I think the most important thing is to cover the chest area. It never ceases to amaze me how many even good moral standing women take liberties in that area.