For most of us right now, we spend most, if not all of our time, at home. We may not have work, or work from home, and our biggest decision on wardrobe is what pair of stretchy or sweatpants we’re going to put on. And that feels good for a while, but it can mentally start to bring us down, whether we know it not, it feels good to dress up, or get dressed for that matter, and have a place to go.
For anyone that knows me you know I love my fashion. I love to dress up and express myself through my what I’m wearing and share whatever side of my personality I may want to share that day, and, have always lived by the motto that it is better to be overdressed than under, so in these days, weeks, and dare I say months, where there aren’t any events, gatherings or even date nights out, that closet of mine isn’t getting much use. Sure, I walk in there, take a look around and think about what I might wear if I had somewhere to go, and truthfully, when this all began I still did dress to go out for supplies or to run errands, but have since made a point to dress down to not stand out or bring attention to myself, for safety, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw on a cute outfit while I’m at home.
We do take pride in looking good, looking good often leads to feeling good, and at a time when we feel uncertain, or fearful, or bored, by the days at home, dressing up may just be what we need to find a little skip in our step, and also may brighten up our social media feeds to see us making an effort to look and feel good.
I’ve talked to a few people who have told me that they still dress for work, even though their office is now their home, because it puts their mind in a professional mindset and they get more done, and it boosts their self-esteem as they pass by the mirror and look dressed and polished for the day, but for those who may think that’s a little much, or who’s jobs, even on a regular day, don’t require them to dress up, it may be nice to find a night, maybe a Friday or Saturday, if we can figure out when those days are, to dress up. There are people doing virtual parties and dressing up for dinner or drinks with friends, celebrating Birthdays or milestones, but why not celebrate who we are, just as we are, and put on something that makes us feel good? It may just be the boost we need during a time when our social calendar is empty. Make the effort to shave, do our hair, plan out what we want to wear and do it just for ourselves, because we’re worth it and deserve to look our best. I have a few sparkly things calling my name in my closet that are long overdue for spin around the house.
We may not have the occasions right now to put on our fancy clothes, but make the occasion you and see if it lifts your mood, and possibly inspires others to do the same. Perhaps tonight is the night, a fancy Friday party, and a night to remind yourself of who you are and what you love, or even a special outfit that reminds you have a special event or time in your life. Make a special date night at home, even if it’s a date with yourself, to show appreciation for yourself and your best beautiful self and let yourself shine. SLAY on!
SLAY OF THE DAY: Have you been getting up and dressing for the day, or slipping on the most comfortable clothes or the ones from the day before? How does it make you feel when you dress up? How does it make you feel when you don’t? Do you typically like to dress up? Do you dress for work? Have you been dressing to work from home? If yes, how does that make you feel? If you haven’t, why haven’t you? How do you think it will make you feel to dress up at home? Find a day or night to dress your best and see if that makes a difference in giving your spirits a boost during these days at home.
S – self L – love A – appreciate Y – you