Do you ever find yourself “all dressed up and nowhere to go?” It is the New Year! I want to get dressed up and I want to go somewhere. But that does not always happen. And I might be a little odd, but I have my stay at home clothes and my going shopping or errand clothes. I also have my Sunday best clothes. Are you like me? And my clothes are in style and out of style, but I think they are all my style and cute as a button.


During the pandemic I wore my stay at home clothes all the time. I saw Marcy Lytle, the owner of this magazine, posting cute outfits and I would wonder if she only wore them out on the town? This started to inspire me.


After a few months of looking at my errand clothes and not putting them on I decided I needed to wear them anyway, even if I am not going to “gad about town,” as the English say. At the drop of a hat I started to do this. And it made me feel “dressed to the nines” instead of feeling like I was at “sixes and sevens.”

The English use these idioms with numbers to describe how they are feeling. Nines refers to perfection, or to the highest degree you can be. Sixes and sevens refer to confusion or disorder. 

I think I would rather be “dressed to the nines” than dressed in disorder and I would definitely rather be prepared to go even if the going doesn’t happen. That’s what the idiom “all dressed up with nowhere to go” means and it came about in the early 1900’s. It is in reference to being prepared for something that will probably not come about. I like being prepared and I like the feeling I get when I am dressed to the nines.


I remember a time my husband and I were all dressed up with nowhere to go. It was our anniversary and he had rented a limousine to take us to our evening out destination in grand style. He even got me a corsage to wear. Our children and the babysitter wanted to see inside the limo before we left. We let them sit inside it for a few minutes and as my oldest son got out, he began to be sick right beside the limousine. So, we got out also, only to go back into our home with our sick child and send the babysitter on her way. We did get to go on a limo ride a few years later and I treated my children with kid-gloves until we left.


So, after thinking this through, I decide to wear my nicer shopping clothes whether I was leaving home or not. It helps me feel uplifted and ready for the day. And I am sure my husband likes it too. Maybe it is time for you to go ahead and knock your socks off. Don’t be a plain Jane. Wear those in style or out of style clothes. Be a fashionista, like Marcy. We all need to feel a little more uplifted these days. I am not saying to wear your Sunday best to cook supper, but then again, why not? Give it a try, maybe you and I are cut from the same cloth.


I think Timothy had women in mind when he wrote 1 Timothy 6:7-8, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

Sounds like Timothy understood us girls well. I may sometimes feel like I have nothing to wear but at the drop of a hat I realize that, thanks to God, I have everything I need.

All Dressed Up
by Carole Gilbert

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