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The minimalist retirement wardrobe

It is tempting to hold on to work clothes but it is at the expense of freeing up room in your closet and house. I lot of my work clothes are kind of dated anyway. Joe Fresh has almost everything you need. Yes I know their hiring practices in Bangeldesh has been controversial but you can’t beat the prices,  the styling and there are no snooty ageist sales people. I have converted many of my friends who don’t shop at the Salvation Army.   What is about baby boomers that draws them to the Salvation Army?

Yes you need a three season wardrobe in Vancouver. Don’t forget Junuary. Are you working part time? Ok let’s say you need business casual two days a week. Save something from your work wardrobe. Laundry once every 2 weeks. If you do laundry once a week you can do with less.

Work wardrobe all year round

  • 1 pair Black pants
  • 1 long black/grey/burgundy warm sweater
  • 4 long sleeve t-shirts any colour or colours
  • 4 short sleeve t shirts any colour or colours
  • 4 pairs black socks
  • 1 Pair black shoes/runners depending on dress code
  • 2 scarves – warm, fancy etc to dress up wardrobe and keep neck warm.

This takes care of 4/14 days all year round

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Winter/Spring/Fall in Vancouver

  • Tights – 1 pair black, I multicolor for fun
  • 10 long sleeve t-shirts -various colours
  • One jeans jacket (can wear to work).

Summer in Vancouver/Travelling south in the winter

    • Knee length tights – 2 pair, black and multicolour.
    • 2 pairs LLBean Comfort trail shorts because the waist is adjustable, they are stretchy, quick dry, will last forever, good for travelling south in the winter and Joe Fresh doesn’t have shorts that are loose fitting. Black and khaki. $ 50.00 US.
    • The LL Bean Comfort trail cropped pants-1 pair when tights or shorts are too exposed or cooler weather.
    • 10 short sleeve t-shirts various colours and styles
    • Two dresses with short sleeves. Can wear to work in heat wave.

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You will seldom need: Sundresses, tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, bathing suits. Vancouver is pretty casual so the work wardrobe can work for upscale events. I seldom wear wool sweaters in the winter here. Layers are the best way to go as the weather changes hourly and from area to area in the city.

Outerwear

Winter

  • Down coat, knee length. It can be very windy and the dampness goes right through you. I have not found one that that I can recommend. Still looking for one with some neck protection.
  • Short lighter weight down jacket – Eddie Bauer and North Face have lots to choose from.
  • Windproof shell you can wear over short down or fleece jacket.
  • Rain coat with lining Hely Hansen is my favourite because it has a zip up collar at the neck, a two way zipper and flannel line pockets as well as a light weight lining.

 

Shopping.. some of my favourite things.

Securing your back pack

I have found that backpacks often slip off my shoulders and I have found a solution to this problem.   There are two parts to the solution.  One is a clip that attaches to the front strap of your backpack and the other is this handy bungee cord like device that clips on to the other strap. The bungee cord is adjustable to the width of your straps.

This is what is looks like on my backpack.    I have added a second miniclip but it is not necessary. 

Seniors Discounts

There are several sites that list seniors discounts in Vancouver.  It’s a bit cumbersome to sort through them all but here they are in the order of the number of places listed.

Vancouver BC

Frugal Vancouver

411seniors

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Across Canada

Across Canada

CARP.   CARP offers many discounts to members, including 25% off some car rentals and numerous hotel discounts in Canada.  One year membership is $ 20.00.  They also have a list of discounts across Canada open to non-CARP members.

USA.  You can search by city and state.

Australia – State of Victoria has a searchable database of discounts in their area.

Skin Care

This is my favourite line of skin care products.  As I get older I find my skin is drying out.  CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream. This product contains hyaluronic acid which is used in some of injection fillers.   I would say that the research on this product is still in progress but I found one study that showed improvement in the appearance of skin over 3 months.  I just find that it makes my skin feel better.

Backpacks

This is a link to my favourite backpacks Beside-U  They come with multiple inside pockets so you can find pens, bus passes, glasses, iPhones etc. quickly. Be careful to check the size as there are some packs that are too small for groceries but are a good substitute for a purse.  The Nanette is on my wish list as it is big enough for a few groceries and has side pockets for an umbrella, gloves, sun glasses etc. Here is my comparison of some of the Beside-U backpacks that I think are big enough for a few groceries. Although they are expensive, shipping is Free.

link Side pockets Size Lx H x D Cost
Alloy 2 28 x 40 x 14 $135
Nanette 2 26 x 38 x 15 $135
Hornchurch 1 open, 1 zip 29 x 38 x 14 $125
Liza 2 29.5 x 37.5 x 14 $135
Mya 1 29 x 35 x 13 $150

 Walking Poles

Below are the Walking Poles with the best customer reviews from Amazon that ship to Canada.   These three models are collapsible and carbon fiber and range from $ 53.00-$ 60.00  US plus about $30.00 shipping and duty if shipping to Canada for about a bill of $80-90 US.

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Ok you are ready to go!!
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Senior Discounts

See the  Link to my Shopping Page  for sites with lists of seniors discounts.  It would be handy to have it all in a searchable database n’est pas?  I think the 15% offered by the Bay on the 1st Tuesday and the 20% at Shoppers on the last Thursday with an Optimum Card are worth adding to your Calendar.

Source: Senior Discounts from 40 to 65