Our Work Clothes

everyday outfits

Do you remember that scene in the Sound of Music where Maria was explaining how the children needed play clothes?  Around the farm here, we need work clothes!

Several weeks ago, a lady commented on one of the modest outfits posts and mentioned how our clothes always seem coordinated and nice and how she often just wears house clothes to work in.  I had to laugh a little and assure her that we have plenty of around-the-house-working-outfits that don’t make it onto the blog!  While we try to always dress modestly, we know it can definitely be impractical to dress feminine or girly while cleaning dog pens, feeding horses or cutting firewood.

So I suggested to my sisters that we share at least one post with pictures of some of our “everyday work clothes” and they assented.  Abigail pointed out that she thinks it’s easy to be modest if you don’t care what your outfit looks like so it’s the nicer outfits that provide more ideas and inspiration.  I can agree with that but I still wanted to share a few of these pictures anyway … if for no other reason than to let y’all know that we aren’t always dressed up fancy 😉

In this outfit, a friend gave me the top (thank you, Miss Charlene!) and even though it is a little big on me, the fabric is lightweight enough to make it kind of loose and flowing.  The skirt is 100% linen and I found it at one of the local thrift stores – I believe I bought it on a $1 day but I may have paid $2 and some change on a different day 😉  My socks might be the most expensive part of the outfit … it’s so hard to find knee high socks that are mostly cotton and these were on sale for $5.  They have some bright pink stripes which matched the rest of my clothing 😉  The headcovering is Abigail’s (I’m not sure where she got it from) and I’m wearing Lilla Rose bobby pins with it … and of course a flexi-clip to keep my hair in a bun.  How do you like my buddy?!  This is Hampton and he was such a sweet fellow!  He went to his new home last week … hannah

This is what Ruthie wore to cut firewood the other day.  The camouflage skirt was given to us nearly eight years ago (she used it in a dressier outfit here) and seriously, it has been an outstanding skirt!  I wore it for years, usually in the wintertime while doing chores, hauling maple syrup or sliding down our icy road.  Eventually I gave it to Ruthie and she wears it regularly too.  I think it’s amazing how well it has held up though!  The t-shirt came from when we celebrated Sukkot with a group several years ago.  The yellow tichel was one that I brought back from Israel and is available on our website, and she’s wearing two flexi-clips – the Tawny and the Turquoise Tranquilityruthie

I sewed this jumper several years ago but it wasn’t really my color, so I gave it to Sarah.  I do like the style a lot … maybe one of these days I’ll find some other fabric and sew another one 🙂  She bought the shirt at a thrift store and paid a couple dollars for it at most.  The headcovering is from Rosi’s Boutique and costs $15 – she has many pretty styles available.  And the shoes … Sarah loves shoes!  She’ll tell you that herself.  Most of us girls have a few all-purpose pairs that can be worn with anything but Sarah loves to find shoes that really match her different outfits!  She got these from Shoe Show for $20 and wears them often.  I had to chuckle about the photo-bombing cat … apparently Miss Truffles thought Sarah looked nice in this outfit 😉sarah

Abigail doesn’t normally look this pale and washed out – the camera settings weren’t quite right and we were too busy working to spend a lot of time figuring them out!  This was also on woodcutting day.  She bought the denim skirt at a local thrift store for about $5.  The t-shirt and button-up top also came from a thrift store – they were each $1.  Her cowgirl boots came from eBay and were $25.  We wear cowgirl boots a lot around here 😉  And more times than not, when we do, my father asks if we have spurs that jingle jangle jingle!  And then her headcovering is a white lace headband from Dollar General – it was kind of washed out against the sky!abigail

Last but not least, Lovely Lydia is wearing a denim flair skirt from Goodwill; it costs about $4.  Not bad for denim, eh?  Her shirt came from a different thrift store and costs about $3.  The headcovering is a long scarf that was given to me years ago and the girls often “borrow” it!  She also has her hair up in a flexi clip, even though you can’t see it from this angle.  The boots are from Boot Country in Nashville … they have a buy 1, get 2 free offer so several months ago I took her and Abigail there and we all got a pair – they ended up being about $80/each.  I wear mine pretty much every day and so do they.lydia

That’s all I have for now!  I hope y’all have enjoyed and that you have a wonderful weekend!

9 thoughts on “Our Work Clothes

  1. I just wanted to thank you so much for the sample magazine copy! With all of the busyness of this time of year, I have not yet had time to sit down and read it, but I am looking forward to doing that. Thank you again, and I hope all have a wonderful New Year!

  2. As I’ve said before, I really enjoy seeing these ‘clothes’ pictures of you girls. I can keep up with how ya’ll have grown. I’d say ya’ll are pretty as a picture (no pun intended 🙂
    Have a blessed day!

  3. I really enjoyed looking through all the pictures, all of your outfits look great. 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find the pattern for that lovely jumper you sewed several years ago?

    1. Oppps! I saw your comment several days ago and thought “oh, I better dig that pattern out and send her the name”… then it slipped my mind:(. I am about to run out the door with my brother but will try to find it and email you with the name soon. Blessings, Ruthie

      1. That’s ok, I understand how busy things can get. Thank you for your help, that would be wonderful if I could know the name of the pattern. 🙂

  4. I loved this article. The clothes are all so pretty and versatile. You are beautiful young ladies. It is so refreshing to see young ladies caring about their appearance. Congratulations on a great post. I enjoy every article that you post.

  5. Fabulous post ladies! I love seeing modest dress around the house as well as for “out and about” days! It’s just neat to see others dressing like you, while doing the everyday life things. 🙂


  6. You know, I really don’t know why folks don’t think we can work in skirts. I’ve been wearing them so long, I wouldn’t be comfortable in jeans. There’s just not a good range of movement. To me, the issue is stockings and shoes, not the skirts!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  7. Really pretty outfits! Even though you all consider them “house clothes” they are nicely put together and look very pretty!

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