Readers, when I saw this image on All Things Lovely I just had to re-post it. Lately I've been thinking a lot, partly thanks to Laura Bennett and her new book, about the benefits of dressing up for yourself. As you know, I'm a freelance translator who works at home, and so I let myself take to a uniform of sloppy sweatpants and t-shirts, sometimes for weeks in a row. Taking sewing classes helped me first with finding a reason to go out of the house, and then revoked my passion for fashion. Lately, I've been sewing a lot of "cheat dresses" - jersey dresses that look the part but are actually so easy to wear it almost makes wearing sweatshirts a crime. I was astounded by how better dressing up has made me feel and by how differently do people response to me now.
Now, don't get me wrong, I still reserve the right to dress down, not wear any makeup and display the sleep-deprived bags under my eyes. But then again, now that I'm used to slipping into a dress and smearing some kind of lipstick, it's not that tough anymore. It actually makes me feel that I deserve more, that I'm enough of an important person to dress for, no less than I would for a job interview or for any other event.
What do you think? Have you ever felt that way?
I have a lot more thoughts on the topic, and a lot of different things to share, including some actual finished projects (gasp!), but this week has been especially time-deprived for me. So for now, I'll just wish you a soothing weekend, because I know that's what I need.
image source: Urban Expressions via All Things Lovely