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August 15, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

At Your Leisure

Women waterskiing, 2008 (Ted Van Pelt/

Keeping up at this pace is tiring. (Ted Van Pelt/

Leisure is on the way out. Left the building.

Some say a long run was its’ ruin.

Hurry and you might catch it. But maybe first figure out which track to take by checking with a trendy authoritative source – with a clientele wouldn’t stand for a false start:

sign. Neiman Marcus Fall Style Guide (NM website)

2 women in designer jogging suits (Cusp trend Look Book at Neiman

2018 Designer jogging suits. I think I had the black one with what we called skunk stripes in the ’80’s (Cusp trend: Look Book at Neiman

2018 Fall fashion advice from Cusp Trend (Look Book Neiman

2018 Fall fashion advice from Cusp Trend/Look Book Neiman Marcus

A style that jogs memory.

At first, everyone worried, back in ancient times, if jogging suits were too casual to wear outside the house – for a quick no-one-will-see-me milk run, while sitting low in the seat of car pool’s early drop offs or late pick ups , or dashing out for morning newspaper retrieval.

Comfort while walking the dog may have unleashed the style on the public.

So forgiving.

We’ve come a long way.

Inflation has taken a toll: on weights as well as currency.

Fashionable black leggings must have stretched to their limits.

Guess, the return of sloppy, flaw hiding  comfortable, practical jogging suits shouldn’t surprising anyone.

Adopt with caution, though. Watch out for those rough edges. Snags are always the end of things.

Retro Fashion. 1980's Vintage jogging suit with stripes (eBay)

It’s got the stripes! 1980’s vintage jogging suit available on eBay.

Italian Designer vintage joggin suit (eBAy)

Zippy high fashion from a 1980’s Italian designer. Just add heels, designer purse, sunglasses, and tattoos to update (eBay)

Embellished jogging suit from the 1980's (Mom's Retro/Ebay)

Party ready! Embellished 1980’s jogging suits weren’t just for leisure time.(Mom’s Retro/Ebay)

Oh, zip it. The fashionistas at Neiman’s have no reason to steer us wrong.

Leisure just in time

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

man with vintage cell phone. prototype Dyna TAC Motorola phone held by Martin Cooper (who made the first on) (Image by Rico Shen/

Please tell me retro has a limit and that these aren’t coming back. Looking at the ever-growing iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models…brick-sized can’t ever possibly be cool again, can it? (Prototype Dyna TAC Motorola phone held by Martin Cooper who made the first one. Image: Rico Shen/



  1. shoreacres / Aug 15 2018 6:42 am

    I laughed out loud at that phone. Remember the days when “car phones” lived in the trunk, and you knew who had one by the antenna on top of the car? As for leisure-time clothing, purely on aesthetic grounds I’ll take those jogging suits over today’s spandex and lycra. I know, I know. It’s practical and all that, but it only looks really good on — well, someone.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:29 pm

      And you had to remember to grab the antenna before the car wash ripped it off and pulled out all the wire. Such fun being a first adopter HAHA
      Recently, it’s stretching to call some recently spotted legging clothing. Spray on paint might offer more coverage. (Could current fashionistas manage those Mary Tyler Moore ski pants with stirrups? – the ones you tried really really hard not to sit down in or bend the knees because of the knobby stretched out pooches left behind… People stood up a lot more with those.)
      Thanks for giggling along


  2. easyweimaraner / Aug 15 2018 6:44 am

    yes, I had the skunk suit too ;O))) and the ballon like suits in screaming colors with white wife beaters are still the uniform of the russian peeps who live here ;O)))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:34 pm

      As fast as fashion cycles are spinning now, it’s hard to know if the wearer is behind in fashion trends, retro in mood, or an early trend adopter.
      Today, I actually ran across a picture of a 1920’s woman in an almost identical to the picture leopard outfit. Maybe the sci-fi writers are correct: all of time is going on simultaneously.
      Lots of paw waves and have a great weekend…we hope to finish a few DIY projects up…hope to…


  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 15 2018 7:28 am

    I’m going back to read some of the stories. Women weigh as much as a 60s man? Seriously? Of course that was before obesity and all that eating out and fast food stuff. Mom didn’t serve French fries with every meal!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:40 pm

      Another thing that is pretty weird is standing on the replica of the Mayflower ship and wondering how all those people got crammed in there…until you realize the tallest man on the ship was barely 5 feet tall. Change happens
      Eating out used to be such a treat. It’s a little sad today’s kids don’t have that excitement. Such fun to have thing to look forward to once you’re grown and able to afford extra little “luxuries”.
      Thanks for baking up a comment to leave

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  4. ksbeth / Aug 15 2018 7:58 am

    i love this for so many reasons –

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  5. Xena and Lucy / Aug 15 2018 11:27 am

    Isn’t it curious that on the whole, the more expensive the restaurant, the smaller the portions? I was thinking just yesterday what a shame it is that McDonald’s and Coke have found their way into France, and the average weight there is also increasing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:50 pm

      Does it seem that the more expensive places – with smaller portions – are places where you go for a leisurely meal with conversation instead of a shove and gobble while standing up or sitting on the couch in front of the tv. I do like that in France many students sit down to a real hot lunch with table cloths, manners, and passing dishes…unlike here where it’s “Ya got 20 min. kids to get through the chow line, find an empty spot to sit, shovel in what you’ve got, and get back to class.” Seems like a good way to gain life long bad eating habits.
      A while back there was a book called “Why French Women don’t get fat” or something. Portion control was the big thing – along with stopping weight gains early (Watching how clothing fits), walking everywhere and a lot, eating yogurt as a meal once a day, no snacking, long leisurely meals as entertainment at night – and smoking. Life style changes, cultural change as well as food choices may be in play.
      Body weights and changes are certainly something – everywhere.
      (and now you know why we have a dog – no excuses – have to get out and walk instead of mindless eating!)
      Thanks for giving a comment with something to chew on

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  6. Spinster / Aug 15 2018 11:35 am

    Thanks… but no thanks to jogging suits.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:52 pm

      Gads. All I could say was “gads” (More worrisome? Noticed a lot of wide legged pants in H&M’s fall fashion…they don’t make platform shoes tall enough to make me look tall and willowy and good in wide legged pants)
      Thanks for running by to chat!


  7. ShimonZ / Aug 15 2018 5:36 pm

    I liked: “a long run was its’ ruin”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 17 2018 3:53 pm

      Glad you noticed that. That line was really the start of the whole post. Thanks for jogging by to chat


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 17 2018 7:24 pm

    Wish I weighed as much as the average American woman, at 59kg I’m about 30 lbs less, I’d love more weight 😥


  9. Littlesundog / Aug 19 2018 7:14 am

    I’ve been gawking in disbelief for the last ten years at some of the fashions from the 70’s and 80’s that have returned – been there and wasn’t even tempted to wear some of that back then! I’m still aghast at how long the animal prints have hung around – especially in the south. I may hang out with a lot of wildlife, but you’ll never see me in leopard, zebra, tiger, or snakeskin print clothing. Shopping with my niece and her friend in Germany, I found it interesting to have a younger person’s viewpoint on today’s fashion trends. High-waisted skinny jeans and snap-crotch bodysuits could be found everywhere. I can’t say the women sporting them looked comfortable, but the girls liked the look and at that age, comfort isn’t much of a factor. I remember both styles back when I was young – we were poured into those jeans, and bodysuits were a strangling nightmare for those of us who were taller. I still have to wonder if blood flow cutoff during those years is the reason I have foot and leg issues today? One thing though, I noticed people in Germany dressed simply and for comfort. They did not seem as caught up in competing for fashion or style.


  10. cat9984 / Aug 22 2018 8:47 pm

    I work at Walmart. Jogging suits would be a welcome change from some of what we see. Some of the spandex should be suing for cruel and unusual punishment.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2018 7:17 am

      Yep, some stuff has just stretched to its’ limit. (Do they issue blinders by any chance at work?) Thanks for ambling in with a comment

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