Have you ever kicked up your style of dress then gone to work or school to be asked, “What are you so dressed up for?” How did it make you feel? Maybe like smacking someone?? Or perhaps like crawling under a rug? It is certainly not uncommon that how we dress is influenced by those around us – in our country, our state, our town, our place of work, etc, etc……..Some factors may affect how much you want to ‘blend in’ versus not: teenagers and pre-teens are a group that on the whole, looking the same is important to them – have you ever seen a group of teenage girls walking through a mall – all dressed alike!!! At one point last year, it was all Uggs and North Face jackets……an individual’s personality has much to do with how much they conform to a style or go out on their own, not afraid of being labeled ‘weirdo’ (yeah, that’s me, call me weirdo….). Age is likely another factor – it seems that many people care less about what others think as they get older and are more interested in pleasing themselves. That is the point of this post: Are you dressing how YOU want to dress?
Take notice of the people around you each day at work, or wherever your day takes you…..do you like what you see? Are you in a place where attire is unimportant, and how do you feel about that? Ginger never even worked outside the home, but she was very fashion conscious and learned a lot from observing others and not being afraid to ask questions – to strangers, to salespeople in retail stores, you name it….just because all your coworkers dress very casually with little attention to makeup or accessories, does not mean you can’t be different – you might actually start a trend and kick up the whole office!
Since I was a pre-teen, I always liked being ahead of a fashion trend and dressing up more than my peers….at middle age, I have not changed, but I do realize the importance of dressing appropriate for the occasion to be sure my attire sends the right message…..the fur cape in top pic says “ready for fun” – that’s not something for work…. photo above with Peter was taken a few years back at daughter Hayley’s college graduation…..the vast majority of people were way more casually dressed, but to me, the message of our clothes said “this is a serious occasion”…..ok, yeah, I also felt so chic!
Shopping at Revolve several months ago, a tall blonde woman tried on a very stylish coat with fur trim – she looked like amazing in it, and I remember saying, “You have to get that”!!! She said “Where would I wear it?”……… “Everywhere!!! Anywhere!!” YOLO ladies – if you like it, wear it!
Would love to hear from you on what your daily influences are like……do they hold you back or inspire you?