What is more important to you comfort or style?


Do you choose comfort over style

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I love the new pencil skirts and glamorous 40s look. So with high expectations, I visited some shops today to see if I could score some good outfits. Of course I tried on several pencil skirts but came away quite disappointed.

They either did not fit properly (it’s quite hard for a not perfect over 40 body to get the right fit for this kind of skirt!) or they were made of a too thick material, or had polyester lining inside. All of which is not good here in Singapore, as it gets very hot and a polyester lining is the last thing I want.

On top of that you become very aware of any bulges or imperfections on your body that are clearly highlighted when wearing pencil skirts. Now, I know I’m not fat, but even thin ladies my age will have certain fat bubbles that are not flattering. Of course I could wear shapewear to cover all that up, but that adds an extra layer of cynthetic, and therefore discomfort to the outfit.

So after all this, I kept asking myself. How much am I prepared to sacrifice comfort to achieve the style that I like? Or will I sacrifice on my ideal style at any particular moment and go for a more comfortable look (which for me would be a flowy dress or skirt). I haven’t made up my mind yet.

Of course in some cases you do not have to sacrifice style over comfort. In the above image for example, both outfits look very stylish to me. But the outfit on the right would be much more comfortable to me than the one on the left. The question is: if I want the style on the left, am I willing to sacrifice my comfort level?

What do you think? Do you choose comfort over style at all times? Or is style and fashion more important?

All the best,

Image by Style.com from the Jonathan Saunders 2011 spring collection


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sally

No matter how beautiful, if it is not comfortable, I’m not wearing it. I gave that up with four inch heals. After all, you can always find the beautiful but the beautiful and comfortable is a real treasure…


2 Sylvia

Hi Sally. Thanks for your feedback. I like what you’re saying about finding something that is both beautiful and comfortable. It’s always at the top of my list too, but sometimes I forget when I’m just too tempted by something. I sacrifice my comfort for heels every now and then as I just love the way it looks….


3 Ariana Curiel

I think I want to both comfortable and stylish. I definitely don’t want to wear shapewear and high heels but I do think that one could look good while working with the body you have.


4 Sylvia

Totally agree Ariana!


5 Allison Cains

Yep agree it’s tough to swap comfort for style or trend, I recall many a time forcing myself to walk in a high heeled shoe, loved the look by the end of the day, the occasion was a friend’s 40th….as I went to meet my husband and son who had come to pick me up at the end of the FAB day I nearly fell over and actually twisted my ankle…ouch…I spent the rest of the night without the shoes…and gave them away, they weren’t for me…Ally 🙂


6 Wendi

If I don’t feel comfortable wearing it – even if the construction of the garment is comfortable – it will look awful on me.
At least – that’s how I will feel and I won’t relax and be myself.
I will feel awful.
For me comfort is not only about the physical garment comfort – but the psychological comfort.
Eg – I have never worn sleeveless in my life.
Even if a sleeveless garment were comfortable on me – I would feel naked without sleeves and wouldn’t wear it,


7 Gale

Definitely comfort. I’ll choose comfortable any day or I find I won’t wear it. Forget about Spanx! I’ll go with a different cut, color, or fabric to minimize the bumps and bulges. And there’s always cute skirts like the photo on the right, or pretty dresses, that feel and look great!


8 Sylvia

I’m with you Gale!


9 Rebekah

I have to go to a party tomorrow night (that I don’t want to go to) and the person that is forcing me to go is making me wear these shoes that are NOT comfortable – I tried “breaking them in” but they are making me have galls on the back of my heels. I mentioned to this person that the shoes are not comfortable and they flipped out, especially after I said that they prefer looks over comfort – this person claims to hate lies, yet they hate hearing the truth.


10 Sylvia

That’s not very impressive. I never really quite understand why on certain occasions people are ‘forced’ to wear certain things that is not their own choice. They may want to stick to a color scheme but then at least let us all choose our own individual styles. Not only do we have different comfort levels, we also have different (style) personalities. If we can’t feel beautiful or comfortable in the shoes or clothes on a party, we will almost certainly not be able to enjoy the party. Perhaps if you suggest that you will pick the same color but in a different style, they will understand? If not, then they don’t really consider or care about your happiness or comfort which in my opinion raises some red flags..


11 Debra

Comfort! No Spanx, no heels. I tried on one of those Shapeeze things because a blogger recommended it. I felt like I was in a straight jacket and couldn’t get out of it quick enough. LOL! If I’m not comfortable, I’m not happy so I’ll go with comfort every time.


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