Camo Soft Pants & Sheer Boho Top: Snap Judgment

camo soft pants, sheer boho top, peep toe booties

Most of us like to believe that we aren’t judgmental; that we view the world with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart. But I think, at least to some degree, we are all judgmental…

THE STORY

Perhaps it is less a matter of being judgmental and more a matter of being opinionated. I have never and will never judge/form an opinion about someone based on things such as sexual or gender orientation, disability, race or their place on the socioeconomic ladder. I do not judge based upon how someone chooses to live their life assuming they aren’t harming others due to their choices.

I don’t judge according to how someone chooses to dress, but I do however form very strong opinions based on what a person is wearing. I’ve said it before, although it might not be nice, what we choose to wear does give others a clue as to who we are. That’s why getting dressed really is so important. For example, if I see someone out in the world I often think, “Why in the hell are you wearing dirty pajamas, or any pajamas really, out in public?” Or “Is it really necessary to be wearing shorts that are so short I can see the bottom of your ass cheeks?” Obviously I keep those thoughts to myself, but is it judgment or opinion? It’s a fine line.

If a person is opinionated and possesses the fortitude to speak up and speak out, I often admire that. But if the opinions are overwhelmingly offensive to a large segment of human beings, I find it repugnant. In my mind I determine that individual is perhaps not a good person.

In the past I have never passed judgment upon someone for their political affiliation. Democrat, Republican, Independent…whatever. I could care less. I myself have been known to vote outside of my party depending on who the better choice is. This year though, I have found myself getting “judgey” in regard to politics; it’s hard not to be when the candidates are so polarizing. Case in point…right before school was out the car I parked next to in the teacher lot had a bumper sticker touting their choice in the upcoming election. The car belonged to someone I really don’t know all that well, but I immediately formed a negative opinion in my head. It’s now permanently cemented there. While I rationally realize that the individual in question might be a fabulous human being, I can’t help making a snap judgment. Again, is it judgement or simply my opinion?

Do our opinions or judgments of others really matter if we keep them in our heads and don’t speak them out loud? Probably not. I struggle with the term “judgmental” because it has such a negative connotation, while being “opinionated” is a positive when viewed in the right light. I think the terms are probably interchangeable. And I think that to be judgmental or opinionated is simply part of the human condition; forming opinions is just one facet of our critical thinking skills.

THE OUTFIT

I did go back to JCPenney to fetch these camo soft pants. A few weeks ago I picked them up in olive and I also have them in black. They don’t carry them online and were out of the size I needed in-store so I got a size larger since I loved them so much. This pair is actually a bit too big so I’m going to attempt to shrink them a bit in the dryer. Sometimes that works out, sometimes not so much…we shall see. My first instinct was to pair them with pink as camo and pink is one of my favorite combos; something about the feminine/masculine juxtaposition I guess. Since I had paired the olive pair with pink I didn’t want to be redundant and instead went with my sheer boho top which is also definitely a girly-girl top. Keeping with the masculine on the bottom, feminine on the top theme, I finished it with my peep toe ankle boots and lariat and tassel necklaces.

THE TIP

Don’t let the size tags on clothing play mind games with you. Let what fits and what looks good determine what you wear, not a size on a tag. I almost always size up in pants because I like a looser fit. I know how big I am; I’m not going to let a piece of cardboard attached to my clothes bully me into thinking otherwise.

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Pants: JCPenney (Similar);  Top: Forever 21 (Similar);  Boots: Three Bird Nest (Similar)

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12 Comments

  1. 06.29.2016 / 11:15 am

    Hi Deb! I know what you mean about opinion and judgement. I would think if someone was wearing pjs in public, that they either didnt care about how they looked, or they were lazy, Both may not be true. It is a hard call. I love the soft/ masculine vibe and those camo pants do look cute and comfy too. I know I like my pants to be comfy probably not as tight as some. The blouse is very romantic
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
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  2. 06.29.2016 / 12:33 pm

    I agree that judgment and opinion are quite interchangeable.

    I often try to remind myself that I haven’t walked in that person’s shoes. I don’t know why they’ve chosen to dress a certain way or vote a certain way.

    We all go through unique life experiences that shape us as people. The world’s willingness to understand and accept others that do not have the same views as us will eventually either lead to our survival or our demise.

    bisous
    Suzanne
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  3. 06.29.2016 / 12:54 pm

    I love the feminine touch you gave those camo pants and you look Adorable. I also struggle with being judgemental or opinionated when it comes to first impressions. But since we cannot judge a book by its cover, until a conversation happens, I keep my opinions to myself and enjoy the day. I never let the size tag stop me from trying on an item if it meets my requirements and I shop in all depts. of my favorite stores. Recently I purchased an item from the Petite section at JCP and the price was right. I also love to shop with coupons & when I get them I am all over the store. Enjoy each & every day of your Life!
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  4. 06.29.2016 / 2:01 pm

    Um… I better keep my mouth shut.
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  5. 06.30.2016 / 2:11 am

    Judgement/opinion whatever, we can’t help forming ideas on what we see/hear/feel. It’s just part of being human and it would be very odd if we met people and came away with no thoughts on them whatsoever. Keeping our opinions to ourselves is something I’m learning to do only now at my time in life. I’m quite gobby – it’s my default setting, but I do like to try to keep it under wraps.
    And so onto this lovely outfit. So clever of you to play with the feminine and masculine in one ensemble. The look is a winner for me and I yearn for the cammo trousers I had many moons ago and wonder where on earth they went. The jewellery and boots are perfect styling for this. So pretty, so cool x
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  6. 06.30.2016 / 10:16 am

    Camo cutie right there!! Oh how I have a problem with others who are judgmental of perfectly wonderful human beings. However, like you said it is a fine line and I think the problem with many is that they have no cooth these days but I will still keep my opinions to myself as I was raised with cooth even if I do wanna spout off. Happy Holiday weekend wonderful lady!!

  7. 06.30.2016 / 1:40 pm

    Good post so I think I’ll play along ..

    My opinion is that I don’t wear camo because I feel it’s a special article of clothing for the men and women who fight for our freedom.

    However, I don’t judge who wears camo because I’ve seen really fashionable ways to make camo look fabulous 😉

    Monica.
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  8. 06.30.2016 / 5:49 pm

    Hi, great blog, I agree with your comments about sizes. Just find something you like and try on various sizes. Every shop is different and it’s so easy to get a complex about being a certain size. I range from a size 12 to sometimes a 16 UK sizes. Nice to linkup with you … Jacqui
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  9. 07.2.2016 / 7:48 am

    Cute look. I really like the brown and turquoise tassel necklace! I agree that judgment and opinion are part of our critical thinking skills. I don’t even think it is possible to be completely without judgment…I think that would make us more like jellyfish. It is our differences in opinions and everything else that make this an interesting world. Scary sometimes. Frustrating sometimes. But definitely interesting. I am one who very rarely allows a difference of opinion to effect my judgment though. Like you said, if you are not harming anyone, you are completely entitled to your opinion and judgment. We can talk all day about our different ideas and opinions as well…just don’t try to force your agenda on me if I disagree! I do agree, however, that pajamas belong in the bedroom or just around the house! And that is enough from my soapbox!

    Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week!

    Shelbee
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