It was brought to my attention several times during the past week that I look unusual. I'm not sure if the commenting customers meant to be complimentary, but that's how I chose to take it. Most recently I was told that I am "an old soul", that my face and dress are from a different era. Since I consider Joan from Man Men a style inspiration, I was flattered. The other customer flat out asked, "You're not from around here, are you?" I thought I had been short with her or said something in an accent that only shows up on certain words when people are looking for it. No, it was the fact that I looked put together at work. She confessed to me how she loves to wear vintage but hates the looks she gets from people in this area. Why is looking put together or polished so uncommon?
At least I know I'm not the only one saddened by the general lack of style in this geographic area. Honestly, its almost as if some people don't even bother to get dressed. I see more than one person out and about in their pajama pants daily. If you count sweatpants as pajamas (which I do - wear them at home or at the gym!), that number quadruples. Forget tailoring. Not everything must be knitted, people!
Sometimes its tempting not to care because it seems like no one else does. I get depressed when I start feeling like this, as if everything is starting to deteriorate at once. It takes courage to take charge of your life and your wardrobe! I firmly believe more people should do both. I don't want to get stuck in the complacency that I see all around me. They say you should dress for the job you want, particularly in interviews, but I say, dress for the LIFE you want. Clothes make us feel a certain way, are you going to be ready to talk to that really important person about your latest and greatest idea in your sweatpants? I don't think so!
What I'm Wearing:
Tie-Front Blouse: The Limited
Button Pocket Trousers: Kohl's
Satin Slingbacks: Nina (probably from Marshall's a long time ago)
Gold & Cream Cuff: The Limited
Hey! It's OK to be Awesome!