“I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay, so I meant to do another video to chat with you about some of my thoughts on how dressing appropriately for the situation you find yourself in can really boost your confidence, but life happened this week, and my video didn’t (insert wistful-slash-frowny face here). So I am just going to write a few suggestions that have helped me (I’ll keep it short and bullet-pointed; after all, it is a sunshiny Saturday afternoon and the beach is calling).
- When shopping for pieces to build your wardrobe, consider your lifestyle and the types of situations you find yourself in most frequently. If you’re the koala keeper at your local zoo, you may not need a closet full of cocktail dresses. However, if you’re an event planner, that may be exactly what you need. If you work from home, a collection of smart denim would be a great wardrobe base, but if you only get to wear jeans once a week, you probably don’t need 17 pairs.
- It never hurts to call a friend and ask what they’re wearing to a particular event to get a feel for the level of formality that said event warrants. However (and I’m begging you here), don’t use this tactic as a crutch, unable to get dressed until you hear from said friend. When I’m out and about, nothing pleases me as much as seeing other people dressed in their own style. If everyone had the same style, how boring this world would be! Just make sure it’s your style, and not a complete lack of style.
Invest in a few quality pieces that can work for a variety of situations (check out posts on Rachael’s blazer for inspiration), and you’ll never (well, perhaps rarely) find yourself without something to wear again.
If you have any further tips on this topic, please share them! I’d love to hear from you!