As much as I love being a girly-girl, I must admit that it can feel like a hassle at times. Waking up early to do my makeup or “put my face on” as I like to say, going over outfit combinations with jewelry and makeup, making sure I have something pink to wear on Wednesdays. I lose motivation sometimes, especially when I think about my job: alone in a closed office, eight hours a day, the only people I see are the cafeteria staff when I fill up my coffee cup or people refilling their water bottles in the break room.
This morning I asked myself, “Why? Why bother?” I may as well wear jeans and a hoodie like a good techie, no one would notice anyway and I’d save time in the morning.
Here is a reason or two.
Think what you will of Coco Chanel but she undeniably had a few pearls of wisdom to a company her collection of real pearls. This is one of my favorites:
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
Maybe today will be the day I meet a marketing professional at Starbucks who takes me under their wing! Maybe a friend wants to grab a midweek drink at the Insta-worthy bar in midtown! Maybe today is the day I run into my favorite hockey player and he falls madly in love with me! Alright, hopeful wishing and delusion aside, you never know what is going to happen or who you will run into and you want to look your best or at least presentable. Prince Charming and the VP of marketing aren’t going to impressed by a North Face fleece and Nikes, sorry.
“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
Basically the clothing version of “Fake it until you make it.” Your outfit is a tangible reminder you wear of who and what you want to be. Your outfits can be wearable goals. Unless you’re trying to be the next spokesperson for Hane’s then you do you boo!
Lastly, I firmly believe that when you look good you feel good. When I wear a hoodie to work on a down day I feel like a lame potato, when I wear a knit sweater with a costume necklace I feel like I have my act together…ish. I especially believe this when I’m having a bad day, week, stretch. Similar to people telling you to smile after a good cry, it seems silly, but suddenly you’re smiling a genuinely smile and giggling. It’s like that, but with clothes or makeup or even a hairbrush.
What motivates you to get dressed in the morning?