Sometimes an outfit works. Sometimes you put on an outfit and get out the door only to ask yourself “what was I thinking?!” We’ve all been there (don’t lie- you know you have). It can become a complete distraction, play on our insecurities and ruin a perfectly wonderful time. The uncertainty can even take hold before we leave our home- we spend forever getting ready, not able to figure out what to put on! Or you may love an outfit when you leave- only to get home check out the photos your friend shared on Facebook and shriek in horror as you quickly un-tag yourself, all the while swearing to never wear that outfit again. I hate these moments. And as much as you (and I!) love fashion, it should not get in the way of living life. Seriously, fashion is NOT that serious.
So, I now have 4 questions I ask myself when choosing a look. Hopefully you will find them as helpful as I do:
1) Is it comfortable? Now don’t get me wrong- there are absolutely times where I choose fashion over comfort (certain people may remember me wearing 5 inch platform heels with a broken toe). However, I made sure it was on an evening where I would be sitting around for drinks, not on an evening where I planned to dance until dawn. I follow the rule that if my outfit will cause enough discomfort to detract from my good time then it isn’t worth wearing.
2) Do you feel good in it? This is the idea of wearing something for yourself, not something you think you are “supposed” to wear. So often we see trends that we think we’ve got to adopt. Guess what? You don’t. Wear things that are true to yourself- yes, sometimes this will encompass some trends, but not all of them. After all, you are never going to please everyone, or check every box. Just make sure the look is true to you!
3) Does it fit? We all have those pieces. They worked a few years ago, but now they are too small/big/the wrong shape, whatever. Sometimes you just have to let those items go. Sure if they are extra special you can keep them for sentimental value. Or if they are salvageable you can take them to a tailor. But please, if they don’t fit you don’t wear them.
4) Is it appropriate? I am not saying you’ve got to dress like everyone else. That would be horribly boring. I am saying you have to choose your outfit based on the event. You don’t wear cutoffs in a traditional office environment. You don’t wear a formal gown to a casual picnic. Okay, these examples are obvious. The principle remains for less obvious ones as well. Ask yourself, what is the event? What am I going to be doing at it? What sort of thing will others be wearing? These questions will help you narrow down your options.
Now go get dressed! And go, live life!