Uniform of the Day ~ The “Garanimal” in Me
Garanimals brand clothing was a staple of our daughter’s preschool wardrobe. Then (30+ years ago) and now, the brand offered affordable, easy-care, and comfortable mix-and-match shirts, shorts, and pants that were perfect for an active toddler and her time- and style-challenged mother. Cute and colorful, Garanimals outfits helped both of us make it through the morning rush of wake-up, breakfast, and getting out the door to daycare and work, respectively, on time and with our tempers intact. I’m confident we avoided many early morning meltdowns because, in the Garanimals scheme of things, a pink top worked just as well as a yellow (or blue or purple) one with the several shorts and pants selections that filled DD’s closet.
The Garanimals method seems to me to be a variation of what I came to know in the Navy as the “uniform of the day.” In general, the term refers to the uniform all Navy personnel in a region, base, or command are required to wear on a particular day. In bootcamp, uniform of the day specifications were communicated via the barracks-wide public address system and, since I was in bootcamp in winter, they usually included direction to wear “hoods1, havelocks1, and boots” to deal with cold weather issues. Uniform of the day requirements on operational bases were published in the unit’s Plan of the Day and varied depending on the season, rank (whether a person was officer or enlisted), and occasion (whether it was for work or afterhours).
I would like to say that my current dress standards have progressed beyond either the uniform of the day method I learned so many years ago or the much less stringent Garanimals formula I used with my daughter (also more than a few years ago) but, in truth, I still depend on one or two tried-and-true methods for my “style” choices (using that term very loosely!). Fortunately for me, my current job is “casual Friday” all week long, so slacks or jeans and one of my many grown-up mix-and-match tops will usually do. And, though I don’t want to rush things, I am looking forward to retirement when the most challenging style decision in my warm weather climate will revolve around the length of the bottoms—shorts, capris, or pants—with a suitable top to match, of course!
1Hoods and havelocks were wool coverings designed to fit over different types of headgear to provide protection from the cold.
Posted for Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday current study of the letter “U.” I was a consistent poster for most of Round 5, but ran out of steam before we got to “Z.” Because I hate to leave anything undone, I am returning to the end of Round 6 to complete the entries I missed. I hope you enjoy this week’s post.