Tammy SchmittPortrait of a gardener

I’ve begun to notice that a variety of garden catalogs are carrying clothing designed just for gardening. This is an intriguing concept. On a typical day in my garden, I am happily clad in whatever holey, stained clothes were closest at hand and pay little to no attention to my appearance. Devoid of makeup and hair care products, my short locks stick out at odd angles and my blonde lashes are rendered invisible.

This casual approach, although very comfortable, has significant drawbacks. Babies cry, dogs bark, and people have actually crossed to the other side of the street to avoid me. I began to wonder that if perhaps if I looked less like this:

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or this

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and more like this

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dogs wouldn’t bark, babies wouldn’t cry, and people would stop crossing to the other side of the street.

Instead of purchasing expensive new clothes, I decided to cruise a local thrift store and then follow several tried and true fashion rules when creating new gardening outfits.

1. Sassy black boots and a scarf will liven up any dull outfit.

Sassy black boots and a scarf will liven up any dull outfitKnee pads aren’t required if your boots go past your knees. Just consider them already built in.

Knee pads aren't required if your boots go past your knees. Just consider them already built inThigh high rubber boots are the perfect garden accessory. I was able to carry both my pruners and a small trowel in the side of each boot. The 4 1/2 inch heel is excellent for aerating the soil.

Thigh high rubber boots are the perfect garden accessoryNow I don’t have to worry about my tools falling out of my pockets and the scarf will protect me from the sun.

2. A little black dress should be a staple in every gal’s wardrobe.

A little black dress should be a staple in every gal's wardrobeThe Irish tweed hat kept my hair out of my eyes and gave me that “I know what I’m doing” appearance.

The Irish tweed hat kept my hair out of my eyes and gave me that I know what I'm doing appearanceThis breezy little dress will keep me cool on the hottest days.

3. You can never go wrong with a floral print.

You can never go wrong with a floral printBy pairing it with my favorite baseball hat, I’m able to color coordinate my entire outfit.

It’s such a relief to know that all these gems were waiting for me. I feel more fashionable already!

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Tammy Schmitt

About Tammy Schmitt

I am a passionate middle school teacher and gardener. I've gardened in South Dakota, South Carolina, and in upstate New York near the Canadian border. My current garden, in an overdeveloped suburb near Washington DC, has been my most challenging. My desire to create a true refuge for our native birds and butterflies has helped me battle unpredictable weather and compacted clay soil. My garden isn't perfect, but it's always a beautiful escape. Read my full blog at Casa Mariposa.

3 thoughts on “Portrait of a gardener

  1. Sharrieboberry on said:

    I like the idea of the spike heels. But here, the soil is clay! I might get stuck and then, not being able to move, shrivel up from dehydration. Would that count as just loosing “water weight” though?

  2. SpicyRedHead on said:

    Tammy, your photos gave me a well earned laugh…I am glad someone else ponders at the ads in gardening maggos for specific clothing for gardening! Gosh pyjama tops turned up are ideal for collecting tomatoes in on an early morning trip out to the veg patch to check the produce! I have a drawer full of old daggy clothes that I use for gardening and the only time I buy anything especially to wear in the garden is when I spot something for a couple of dollars in the charity shop!
    Happy Gardening!

  3. Loved your post, Tammi. Garden glam is never wasted. Dress for the crop you want, not the crop you have, I always say.
    Don’t you love that gardening gives you permission to look ghastly when people drop in on you unannounced? That you can look busy and industrious outside even if you are lazing in the sun reading.

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