On weekdays I get up early, drink copious amounts of coffee, and throw on shorts and a t-shirt. With my trusty flip-flop sandals on my feet I busy myself in the kitchen making breakfast and packing school lunches. Later I’ll drive my kids to school, return home, maybe go for a quick walk, and then start work. Sometime during the day I’ll find some time to take a shower and return to my shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops. I realized the other day as I stared into my densely packed closet that I probably wear 90% of my clothes 10% of the time. Dressy things like this pencil skirt and chunky platform sandals are only worn on the weekend. But sometimes I wonder why I bother at all? Wouldn’t it be easier to wear jeans and a t-shirt every day? Wouldn’t it be nice to stare into a simple, spare wardrobe of only a few sensible clothes? Shouldn’t I long for comfortable clothing that creates ease of movement?
Nope. If I had to wear my work-from-home uniform of shorts, t-shirt and flats all the time I would probably be very depressed. Saturday and Sunday are days to get dressed up. Even if I’m going to the grocery store I put on something nice, and probably something that isn’t all the comfortable. I match my purse to my outfit, pick out earrings, slip on a shoe with a bit of a heel, tidy my hair and apply makeup to my face.
I mention all of this because I’ve seen a lot of comments on the web that suggest that personal style bloggers just get dressed up for photos and then take off the outfit and put on sweats. Although I definitely think about what I’m wearing to take photos I would be getting dressed up on the weekends no matter what. For instance, we took these at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a Sunday afternoon. I was there with the whole family, and believe me, I wondered at the practicalities of wearing high heels and a pencil skirt when taking kids on an outing. Even well-behaved older children get into trouble, especially nine-year-old boys who insist on climbing on walls and getting hurt when jumping off said walls. But after years spent in mom jeans and sneakers running around after toddlers I refuse to continue in the same vein now that my children are older.
So now that I have explained that I do, indeed, get dressed up regardless of photos for the blog, let me answer the question in the title. Why get dressed up? I get dressed up to feel good about myself. Yes, it’s vain, but I love looking in the mirror and smiling at the reflection that stares back at me. We all know that eating nutritious food and exercising consistently are good ways to take care of ourselves, but so is taking the time to adorn our bodies beautifully. The simple act of get dressed nurtures my self-confidence. It helps me in all aspects of my life. When I look good on the outside I feel good on the inside, and then I’m a better wife, mother, daughter, friend and worker bee.
Here’s to getting dressed up and looking good even if it’s impractical, vain and silly!
I guess it’s pretty clear from this article that I like to get dressed up but it occurs to me that I might want to improve how I look on a daily basis as well. Here are a few articles that are inspiring me to get out of the shorts and flip flops. The 3o days of getting dressed challenge looks like something fun to try and Improve your life right away. Get dressed! reminds me that it’s important to look good for family too. Staying in my pajamas all day during the week is something of a temptation. Do I bother to get dressed today? encourages me to put on real clothes even though I work from home.
But back to the weekend. In these photos I wore:
- Mossimo T-shirt from Target
- Anthropologie skirt from The Buffalo Exchange
- Thrifted purse
- Roberto de Carlo sandals
Do you like to get dressed up?