It isn’t like I don’t have a sense of fashion; I just tend to ignore my good sense and think about comfort first. Like many people who are unemployed I got lazy when it comes to personal fashion sense. Jersey knit dresses in the summer and baggy, long-sleeved t-shirts with pajama pants or yoga pants in the fall have been the staples of my wardrobe since becoming unemployed almost 2 years ago. That is a long time to fall into bad habits.
When I do need to venture out of the comfort of my home I often, okay, I never change my look. Had I not worn holes in the bottoms of my slippers they would have been paired with my comfort outfit. Aside from the occasional job interview, I got lazy with my personal fashion sense.
It is easy to become depressed when you have nowhere to go and fall into a comfort rut with your personal fashion. Even though I spend time keeping up on fashion trends and celebrity watching, I cannot seem to bring myself to caring about breaking the comfort zone mold of dressing. It just feels like a wasted effort.
This attitude needs to change. I will be returning to the workforce and I highly doubt that I can get away with wearing my current choice of wardrobe.
My New Year’s resolution concerning my personal fashion is as follows:
1-I am going to take the time to put on makeup every day. I cannot promise to wear full makeup (foundation, mascara, liner, lipstick, etc.) but at the very least mascara to open my tired eyes and mineral makeup to brighten my complexion. If I look good it will help me on the inside also.
2-I am going to leave the pajama pants at home. Sometimes I use the excuse that I am just dropping my daughter off at school and therefore no one is going to see me. Well, my neighbors and anyone else who is driving by sees me get in and out of my car. Running into the neighborhood convenience store always runs the risk of seeing someone I know as well.
3-I am going to start dressing nicer by putting on a pair of good jeans or one of my many skirts and start to get used to wearing real shoes again. I am a shoe-lover and I have several pairs in my closet that are never worn.
I have had my moments where I have run into old friends that I haven’t seen in a long time and I admit embarrassment over my “look”.
How you dress reflects on how you feel and how people see you. I can find ways of holding onto comfort without wearing clothing that doubles as sleepwear. This is my New Year’s resolution and I am going to do my best to stick to it!