You only feel as good as you look, right? Ergo, being well dressed is the keystone to having a great day. If you feel under-dressed or shabby, you’re not going to have a spring in your step. I’m as guilty of this as anyone, since I wear the same tired old sweaters, t-shirts and saggy pants day in, day out. So here’s a quick breakdown of how I plan to change my look for the better — my fashion resolutions for 2011.
1. Dress for myself. Yes, I’m a mom. Yes, I live in the country. Yes, I have rabbits to feed and dogs to walk and groceries to carry and butts to wipe. But who says I can’t do that in ankle booties, leggings, and a sequined tunic? There’s really nothing to prevent me from dressing to the nines whenever I want. It’s a personal choice, and sometimes we can choose not to be obsessively practical. If other moms can do it then so can I, goshdarnit. So I’ll be taking tips from Angelina when it comes to NOT dressing the part.
2. Wear more skirts. It’s just more ladylike, more alluring, and you immediately look as though you made an effort. Like most people, I look best in a skirt that falls on or just above the knee. Below the knee can be too matronly, and above the knee is too pre-teen. When my kids were very young I could never wear skirts because I spent so much time on my knees, picking up toys, wiping up messes, and being grabbed around the ankles by monsters with smudgy fingers. Now that the kids are older I have no real excuse for not looking a little bit more put-together. If I don’t owe it to myself at this point then I certainly owe it to them! Plus this should be an easy resolution to implement because I already have tons of skirts left over from when I had a “real” job. I just need to dig them out from under all those ratty jeans!
3. Give up the baggy. We all try to hide out in sweatpants or big sweaters at some point, right? They’re not flattering or chic, and make a statement that I’m comfortable looking sloppy. But for 2011 I will endeavor to eliminate these items from my dresser drawers completely — because if they exist, then I will hunt them down and wear them. (And not necessarily while watching TV late at night.) So for my new, dazzling self I pledge to take the time to visit the big department stores and scout out a couple of styles of decent, well-fitting, denim jeans — and then purchase multiples! The same goes for t-shirts and sweaters — and thankfully it’s not difficult to find a decent, quality sweater (I’m thinking J.Crew, Gap, Original Penguin), and these will also be bought in multiples. Top off the whole thing with a big-bead necklace or a string of something exotic and voila, Glamor Mom!
Now that I’ve made these three promises to myself I hope to be able to upgrade my daily options to a few smart skirts, some flashy tops, good basic sweaters, a couple of tight dresses, some form-fitting jeans, and a big smile. Wish me luck!