dressing the part

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

Nonna was babysitting and decided to go out and work in the yard.  She called me over,

“Will you get me a pair of panties?”


“I need something to wear on my head to keep the sweat off of my face.”

My grandmother commanded respect.  So, I obediently retrieved a pair of panties from my mom’s dresser drawer and brought them to Nonna.  She proceeded to put them on her head and carry on with the task of pulling weeds.

I take after my grandmother in many ways, but I draw the line at wearing panties on my head while I garden.

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

My normal garden wear is a t-shirt, bandana and baggy shorts.  And at the end of my time outdoors, I am drenched in sweat.   My shorts so soaked that they are barely hanging onto my body.  The bandana is always wet through and through.  You get the idea.

So, I was thrilled to get the chance to try out the gardening clothes by Duluth Trading Company.   Their clothes are designed to keep you dry and cool while you sweat.

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

I worked in the yard for about three hours.  Starting in the backyard, where I’m working on bringing the design plans to life.  I’m amazed at what a difference a little trellis and a vine made on this section of the fence.  Here’s the before,

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

And the after,

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

There was work to do in the front yard, too.

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

Planting, transplanting, and container gardening.

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

And after all of that hard work and sweat,

great outdoor wear for gardening: Mrs. Hines Class

My clothes were still dry.

“If you look good, you feel good.  And if you feel good, you do good.”  Diane Hunt, former neighbor

I think Diane is on to something.   I felt like a professional gardener in my new outfit.  And now that I know how comfortable and practical the clothes are, I’m hoping to add to my gardening wardrobe.  And thank you, Duluth Trading Company for sparing me from wearing panties on my head. 😉

Now you can dress the part, too. Duluth Trading Company is giving one of my readers a $50 gift card! Enter below for your chance to win.

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If you’re ready to shop, Duluth Trading Company is offering free shipping now through June 30, 2013, for my readers. Just enter code “T13PRCG” (Note: $50 minimum order. Minimum order applies to total before tax, shipping or gift card purchases. Valid for US shipping only, on standard delivery.)

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Nancy A. says:

    I would love the Sun Crusher Hat! I am fair skinned and the sun makes me ill when I’m in it too long. Get red as a beet! Then, some kind of top to make me feel cooler. It gets so hot out there in the sun, you feel like you can’t breathe. This is a beautiful line of outdoor wear!!

  2. Gretchen says:

    I would love to win the gift card – I’d buy the short sleeve long tail tee and the heirloom capris! I’ve looked at the Duluth catalog for a few years but never bought anything and this year I could use new work clothes!

  3. Love the “panties” story! So cute. Love the clothes, too! I need some that aren’t paint-splattered. 🙂

  4. Great panty story!! I’ve never tried their clothing but I will check them out!! Happy Gardening!~~Angela

  5. I HAVE to have those striped overall shorts. I’ve never seen this company before, so thanks for the intro.

  6. Gena in Texas says:

    I sure could use some new capris and t-shirt! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. This is great, Sharon! I wanted to apply for this campaign, but since I do absolutely NO work outdoors I couldn’t make it work! I wanted the khaki shorts like yours and I loved their headwear. Have a great weekend!

  8. The shorts are so comfortable and I loved the length. If you were going to be spending time outdoors, say camping or at an outdoor sports event, these would work well.

    Happy weekend to you too!

  9. Good luck, Gena!! I love all of their shirt choices.

  10. Glad to introduce you. I’m really please with what I got to try out. Good luck getting those overall shorts!

  11. LOL! It’s a story I’ll never forget. That’s for sure.

  12. Isn’t it great! The sun made me sick the other day after working outdoors. I can completely relate to hot sun in the summertime. And humidity so thick that you can’t breathe.

  13. Sharon! OMG…..you’re so beautiful! I think you look AMAZING with your hair pulled back! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

  14. Tammmy, you’re so, so sweet to me! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  15. Not only does your garden look great, but you look pretty dog gone good sporting that bandana!

  16. LOL! I’m flattered. Thank you for the compliment!

  17. Sharon, I definitely need some clothes that “take it” in the garden! Thanks for sharing this and you look pretty cute out there, no one would ever guess you’d been working for that long! Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Cindy, these clothes definitely fit the bill. I didn’t feel bad wiping dirt on my clothes, because I knew that’s what they were for. If you leave a comment sharing what you would buy with the $50 gift card, you will be entered in the contest. It’s worth a shot.

  19. I’m cracking up…I love this post! I am a sweat hog too when I work outside. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  20. Ann, since I hit my forties, actually even before that in my late thirties, I’ve been a sweat hog. Hormones, I guess. So glad I’m in good company…and glad you enjoyed the post.

  21. latanya says:

    Women’s Quick Dry Convertible Pants

  22. hahaha you had me at panties on the head… your garden is beautiful!

    ~ Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

  23. Thank you. I have plenty more work to do in the garden, but it’s kind of fun taking my time and letting it evolve. Do you garden?

  24. Sharon I actually laughed out loud at the beginning! I think I would’ve liked your Nonna! LOL Btw, your gardening get up was so cute and I loved the headband. 😀 Great post – I’m gonna run on over and check out Duluth! XOXO

  25. I don’t garden per-say… I container garden and do boxwood and ivy and Annabelle hydrangeas, I do want to try the climbing hydrangeas and I love the white cone flowers… That’s it… I really want simple with impact!

  26. Simple with impact sounds like a good plan. I would love to add hydrangeas to my yard.

  27. I love it when I can make someone laugh. My Nonna was something else!

  28. These sound amazing! I hate to admit it but I’m a sweater and it’s not fun. I would totally love some Duluth working clothes! And I have to say Nonna sounds like a real prize. Anyone willing to wear panties on their head outside has got to be a keeper! Haha!!!

  29. LOL! “A real prize” about sums it up.

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