Once upon a time, one of my college classmates transformed like Cinderella.
Instead of wearing her usual jeans and oversized T-shirts to class, she suddenly switched to blouses, trousers, dresses, jewelry, and color-coordinated ensembles. Day after day, she looked fancy.
We, her classmates, were curious. Was she interviewing for jobs? Dating someone new? Planning world domination?
Finally, a nosy friend asked her, “hey, what are you all dressed up for?”
“Nothing,” she said, “I just realized that I have some really nice clothes.
Wearing comfy, baggy clothes is neither a sin nor a shame, but perhaps you too have good clothes going to waste in your closet. Perhaps you’ve been hankering for a little more dressiness and polish lately.
As illustrated, looking “all dressed up and fancy” doesn’t have to cost any more than looking casual or even sloppy.
If you looked into my closet, I doubt you could guess which garments cost me most, but you could certainly tell me which things were fanciest.
So you want to feel fancier? No problem. Off the top of my head, here are a few dressy-seeming things that don’t have to cost much:
- Styling your hair: having your hair done makes all your other fashion choices seem more deliberate
- Wearing jewelry made from shiny (not brushed) metals
- Choosing streamlined shoes or boots, not chunky or stompy styles
- Opting for solid-colored garments. Why? Many prints date so quickly, you won’t have time to get your money’s worth out of the garment before it starts feeling dated.
- Planning your outfit with a color scheme in mind. Call me old-fashioned, but I love seeing people frame their outfits with shoes that match their hair or even a bag or belt that coordinates with their shoes
- Minding your posture: you won’t look fancy without carrying yourself well, and you won’t feel like a slob while standing/sitting tall and proud
This one might just be me, but…
- Slathering oneself in lotion feels fancy… and freshly moisturized skin looks so inviting!
What makes you feel like a slob? What do you do when you want to look fancy? Are moths getting more fun out of your best clothes than you are?