Best Dressed

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Confession:  I am a clothes horse.  I love clothes…always have and always will.  So, my closets are stuffed with clothes.

I realize most people do not enjoy clothes (or shopping for them) as much a I do. I get it.

My two cents on clothes today is in regard to appropriate attire.  It seems that more and more, our society seems to think that if a person owns a pair of jeans (or evening dress or tank top – you fill in the wardrobe item), that it is appropriate to wear it wherever they go.  Oh contraire, mon amie.

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Maybe it would help to think of our clothing as separate wardrobes.  For me, I have a work/church wardrobe, a casual/weekend wardrobe, an around the house wardrobe, a sleeping wardrobe and a formal wardrobe.  Many times, shoes, purses, accessories, and clothes may only be appropriate for one wardrobe.  For example, my favorite sweatshirt that I have had for about 30 years is mostly for wearing around the house and yard work.  My peau de soie evening shoes are best paired with a cocktail dress or long dress for a more formal occasion.

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I have always been told to dress for the job you want.  I think this holds a great deal of validity.  I once had a coworker say that she would never get promoted because she was young.  In my mind I agreed with her because she dressed very casual and youthful.  This has nothing to do with job performance, but her attire underscored her youth and inexperience.

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Please don’t misunderstand, I think a person needs clothes for how he or she leads their life and quantity does not matter.  What matters is that we present ourselves in a neat, clean manner that is appropriate for the situation.  This may mean doing a little Internet research to find out if a restaurant is casual or requires a jacket and tie for men. Of course, written invitations should provide a guide as to the formality, or lack thereof, for an event.  Sadly, many hosts and hostesses aren’t aware of this, so you can’t always take a directive from the invitation.

Dressing appropriately makes a person more at ease, shows respect for the setting/event/hosts, and shows a pride in oneself.  So, go ahead, put your best foot forward!

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