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For all the 'Slack Alices'

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Jane10 Fri 11-Sep-20 10:18:31

I know there are multiple meanings for this phrase but this thread is in response to those requests for it in the 'no longer bothering with make up and smart clothes' thread.
Smartly dressed, coiffed and made up Grans need read no further!
Back to the topic, I live in M&S straight legged joggers (with lovely stretchy waistband) and assorted sweatshirts and will shortly moved into cosy fleeces. Unlike some, I haven't ditched a bra as I found M&S crop top bralettes very comfortable and, along with their fine big pants, all is safely gathered in!
I wore make up every day in life until I retired and discovered one day that if I didn't wear make up nobody fainted or screamed and pointed and life went on.
All this shows in my face. I feel more relaxed. Due to not having to remove make up with various unguents my skin is clearer and less dry and wrinkled. Of course that could be due to all the fat pushing them out. I have munched my way happily throughout lockdown. I've really let myself go and it's great!
Any more Slack Alices out there with top slack tips?

Pantglas2 Fri 11-Sep-20 10:34:14

All sounds fine to me except that I’ve had to have defuzzing on a regular basis as I’m in shorts here in Spain and didn’t want to frighten the natives 🤪

MissAdventure Fri 11-Sep-20 10:39:50

I'm a slack Alice and fast becoming even slacker.
It's a combination of reasons for me.

Firstly, I'm incredibly lazy by nature and it's all too much faffing around.
Also, I get no pleasure at all from going to the hairdressers, or that type of thing.

If I change handbags I invariably end up losing something in the process, so I stick with black and serviceable.
The same as my underwear. smile

Serendipity22 Fri 11-Sep-20 10:48:17


Love that phrase Slack Alice.

Well, at this present moment in time I class myself as a non slack Alice groupie

Gee, I hope to goodness that I never enlist to the slack Alice fan club ( despite the fact I love the name )

It runs through my veins like a stick of Blackpool rock , to maintain tidy, presentable appearance, even if it's to scoop the milk bottles in, my face must be on.


Grandmabatty Fri 11-Sep-20 10:48:27

I don't wear makeup any more because I don't care about others views. My hair doesn't grow much because I have a poor metabolism and I haven't had it cut since January. I don't have body hair either so no need to bother about that. And because of lock down I haven't been out much so jeans and tee shirts or jumpers are the order of the day

Grandmabatty Fri 11-Sep-20 10:49:28

I meant to add, I'm clearly in the Slack Alice club! ☺

Jane10 Fri 11-Sep-20 10:54:21

Serendipity22- give yourself a wee treat. Ditch the make up one day and see what happens.
Seriously, I've seen young women take years off by simply not wearing make up. It can be a pernicious habit as they pile on more and more of it. I was particularly struck by a bride at a wedding we were at. As she walked down the aisle she looked 40+. I saw her next day au natural and she looked 100% better and so much younger.

annsixty Fri 11-Sep-20 10:57:49

Please forward my membership forms.
I live in loose trousers or, perish the thought, leggings.
I can’t believe how comfortable they are and as there is only my live in GD to see me it doesn’t matter at all.

A bonus is no ironing as everything stretches round my expanding figure.

No make up to buy, no perfume so I can afford to keep the cake tin, the biscuit tin and the freezer full of treats.

Life is good.

Alegrias Fri 11-Sep-20 11:01:14

Slack Alice, I love it! That's me!

I used to spend a ridiculous amount on my hair - cuts, colours, "product". I've had my hair cut once since March and guess what, nobody's noticed smile

Georgesgran Fri 11-Sep-20 11:15:34

Half and half here - face on, but from the neck down, it’s another story! We were having some building work done recently and I was chatting to the tiler/cups of tea etc. One morning, I had to smarten up to go out and as I stepped into the hall he looked up and said ‘bloody hell, you scrub up well!’ I took it as a compliment🤔X

Serendipity22 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:31:33

Its funny because I have thought *what is the point in all this fading about with make-up when I DO go out I wear a mask !

I love this topic of Slack Alice

TrendyNannie6 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:38:50

Well today I’m a slack Alice as not feeling that well, but I usually wear mascara lipgloss but my hair is combed, I’m wearing my Kim n co qvc loose trousers and thin top, so I’m quite casual, but I do love my skinny jeans but as I’ve got stomach probs(gerd) it’s not good to wear tighter trousers

BlueSky Fri 11-Sep-20 11:40:44

Oh no I would feel naked without my face, which actually is just tinted moisturiser, eye pencil and a bit of blusher on my cheeks. I don't look much different but when for some reasons I've been seen au naturel, I've been asked if I'm alright!

Jane10 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:44:55

Footwear. I've just moved from my flip flop slippers to my (fake) Ugg boot slippers. It's cold and wet outside. If I had to go out today (but luckily I don't) I'd have to wear my old boots that I got for nothing 8 years ago.

GrannyGravy13 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:51:40

I shall confess that when I joined my local gym over twenty years ago I would go in with full make-up and matching gym wear . That lasted about five years, now no makeup unless going out for dinner.

I have lived in jeggings, jeans and shorts since lockdown but cannot do without matching underwear and Jo Malone cologne.

I am browsing the internet for some longline tops and leggings for the coming winter. I usually wear dresses and opaque tights.

Do I qualify as a nearly slack Alice ?

Kate1949 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:54:31

When I was working, I used to dress up a bit - suits, dresses, heels. There were some very smart women there and I had to keep up! Since retirement, it's baggy trousers or leggings, baggy tops and Poundland flipflops. I have nice clothes for if I go out. I couldn't do without makeup. At 71 I've developed spots and roseacia. That's all I need!

J52 Fri 11-Sep-20 11:58:36

Not a Slack Alice here. When I get to be an octogenarian, I hope I can resemble my style icons of that age ; Sheila Hancock, Judy Dench and of course the sadly departed Diana Rigg.
Each to her own.

Juliet27 Fri 11-Sep-20 12:04:30

I’d have been pleased with that comment too Georgesgran

MissAdventure Fri 11-Sep-20 12:05:37

I always thought Hannah Hawkwell was beautiful.

25Avalon Fri 11-Sep-20 12:09:31

I have got an old pair of trousers and an old grey top on. The only new thing is the headband I have knitted to hold my hair back out of my eyes. I am dressed like this to go out and garden in my wilderness. I am chopping down bushes, ripping out bindweed, hacking brambles over 6 ft long and nettles nearly as tall as me. Rigger gloves are de rigeur.

MissAdventure Fri 11-Sep-20 12:14:43

I've just realised that I have never liked grey, and used to refuse to wear it.
I wear it now though, if something is cheap, in my size, and long enough to cover my bum.

quizqueen Fri 11-Sep-20 12:20:11

I've never worn make up and people think I'm 10 years younger. I didn't even wear any on my wedding day but had a great tan; that was the summer of 1976. I've never coloured my hair either as it goes blond in the sun and I have very minimum grey flecks which make my dark blond/brown hair look highlighted! I dress for comfort.

twinnytwin Fri 11-Sep-20 12:28:08

Timely discussion. All my adult life I've always worn make up to go out of the house but since March, I've not bothered. I've only been wearing it to meet up with friends in the pub a couple of times since rules changed. Anyway, this morning we've gone to Sainsburys for a "big shop" and I decided to pop on some makeup first to make me feel good. I mentioned it to DH and he said I'd be covered up with a facemask anyway.
I've not had my hair cut since January and found it's gone wavy. I'll perserve with it, and not colouring it either. Comfy clothes for me. I reckon I'm transitioning into the Semi Slack Alice club again.

Anniebach Fri 11-Sep-20 12:46:25

Moved house 3 years 8 months ago, became a Slack Alice then , it’s so comfortable

Jane10 Fri 11-Sep-20 12:55:41

I can't face leggings somehow. Think of an elephant with ostrich legs!!