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Jun 15, 2011 08:01 AM

What Do You Wear When You Cook?

I watch all kinds of cooking shows - some for the education, some for the food ideas, others for both, yet others so the Man and I can play Mystery Science Theater over a few beers or a bottle of wine...

Watching the women in particular, I'm starting to feel a little self conscious and underdressed when I cook. I never wear my hair down. Jewelry is off. Fake lashes? I can just see the glue melting when I open the oven to check on my roast. (But maybe my roast will look prettier with long lashes...) And I hate wearing street or work clothes to fry in - smell for one, stains for the other.

Hair up, jewelry off, a tank or one of the Man's old beer tees, maybe the occasional frilly apron when I wanna feel precious, and pj or yoga pants. That's what I wear when I cook.

What do you wear when you cook?

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  1. I don't have a cooking wardrobe. Whatever I happen to have on at the time is good enough.

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    1. re: todao

      I almost always change out of street clothes to cook unless I've left the house looking like the slob that I do when I'm cooking. Then no need to change! :)

      1. re: todao

        Whatever I have on, with the exception that I don't like to cook in clothes that are too baggy or that have floppy sleeves -- for what to me are obvious reasons -- and if I just got home from work and I'm wearing something new or especially nice I'll change the top. Otherwise, I might be barefoot in my oversize (but short-sleeved) sleepshirt or wearing jeans, a t-shirt and tennies or a skirt, blouse and low heels I wore to work (although to tell the truth, any shoe that can be slipped off will be slipped off sooner rather than later ... if company is coming I keep my shoes near the kitchen door and slip them on at the last minute).

        1. re: DougRisk

          I'm relieved that you've decided against the fake lashes, Doug.

          1. re: inaplasticcup

            Oh, Damn, my bad:

            - Jeans
            - T-Shirt
            - Fake Lashes

            Everyone likes to feel pretty.

            1. re: DougRisk

              Well shoot! Now you can have your own show! I'll be the first to watch.

        2. Whatever I have on, but not good clothes, just the schlepping around the house stuff. I usually change into older stuff as soon as I get home. And really old stuff if I'm doing something messy.

          1. Whatever I have on, just like when I decide to garden on the spur of the moment. I have permanently stained a lot of tops that way, but too late to change.

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            1. re: escondido123

              I now have a large collection of permanently stained shirts that I try to remember to change into when I'm cooking.

            2. Whatever I happen to be wearing, though I do take off any rings or dangly, in-the-way jewlery. I neither dress up nor down to cook dinner.

              I put on an apron if it's something that could get messy or if I'll be doing a lot of cooking.

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              1. re: LeoLioness

                Ditto plus hair up... except I tend to forget the apron more than not. Many a favorite shirt has been sacrificed to the rag pile thanks to my arrogance.

                1. re: shanagain

                  Update: One more for the rag pile after a righteous splatter from last night's fried chicken.

                  + One more reminder that bare arms and grease do not mix. What I really need is one of my husband's old shirts to use like a 1st grade smock.

                  1. re: shanagain

                    Shana, get your hands on one of those fine-mesh screen "lids" for your fried chicken -- doesn't stop it from popping or spattering, but the screen lets the steam out (so stuff gets good and crispy) and at least keeps the velocity of the spatters down to a manageable level.

                    Doesn't do a bit of good when it's time to turn stuff, but 90% is better than none.