You Need To Know Why Dressing Up Is Important

You Need To Know Why Dressing Up Is Important -Thrifting Diva
Most of us are dressing up because we have to, not because we want to.  This article will definitely raise some eyebrows, and for some readers, I am simply preaching to the choir.  However, as I talk about dressing up in this post, it’s not to offend, rather, it’s to inspire and let you know why dressing up is so important to your overall disposition.  If you are reading this article, and can truthfully admit that you don’t often take the extra time to put yourself together, then I am going to be brutally honest, and tell you that you must change this mindset today!  I want to challenge you to make an effort to stop throwing clothes on just to get through the day.  Of course, there is a time and place for every outfit.  But barring inappropriateness, there are too many situations in which you should look put together, and not appear as though you don’t care.

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Now, before you roll your eyes, or before you start making the mental excuses why your style can be placed on the back burner, I am here to defend the “art of dressing up”.  Let me tell you a little about myself.  I am a very busy mom of two little ones under the age of 8, with their own ridiculously busy after-school schedules.  I am married, and I am a career woman in the United States Navy.  Further, I run and maintain this blog, and a Facebook Group of over 33K members.  There are no nannies, housekeepers nor cooks at my home.  I say all this to say that my time is just as valuable as yours, and my daily challenges might be similar to yours.  However, with all the important priorities that you have on your plate, dressing up and taking pride in what you wear, is very important.  Sorry to say, but a first impression is truly based off of your appearance, and if that appearance appears that you do not care, then others receive that message.

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When you spend some extra time getting ready, and you look good, you feel good
.  You send the world a message that you are confident, that you have your affairs in order, and most importantly, that you care about yourself.  The clothes you wear, and the way you groom yourself will change the way other people hear what you say. It will subconsciously tell them if you’re like them or if you’re different.  Depending on the situation, it will determine whether they listen or ignore you.   Have you thought about the message that your dressing says about you?

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As a personal stylist, I hear a few number of excuses as to why women don’t dress up enough.  They don’t have the time, they don’t believe fashion should dictate how people view them, they don’t have the money for an overhaul of their closet, they don’t have places to go that would require them to dress up.  I call these excuses, and they don’t get you a valid pass to not take better care of yourself.  Every time you leave your house, you have somewhere to go.  As you step out that door, what you are wearing should still send a positive impression, even if it’s to run to the grocery, or to watch your kids at their soccer practice.  Leaving the house in a wrinkled top, stretched out jeans, yoga pants (when you are not heading to the gym), and shaggy, slept on hair can have you feeling so ‘blah’.  This goes further than what the world sees of you, it impacts how you feel about yourself.

You Need To Know Why Dressing Up Is Important -Thrifting Diva
On a budget? Dressing up doesn’t require you to have a closet full of expensive clothes.  It also doesn’t mean that if you have expensive taste, that you must spend an arm and a leg on those items.  If you have been following my blog, you already know that I love fashion.  However, I love my savings account even more.  Thrift stores, consignment shops, clearance racks can stock your wardrobe with beautiful, classic and quality pieces.  Strive to purchase pieces that will boost your look and create a vision of success through your outfits.

You Need To Know Why Dressing Up Is Important -Thrifting Diva
Dressing up always improves my mood, confidence and personality.  I attended a fancy soiree in Washington D.C., and this dress was  perfect for an eventful evening.  I found this  dress on the runway at a fashion show in New York City during the spring.  Needless to say, once I saw it, I had to have it.  The best part, it only cost me $65, which is a score for a dress this fabulous.  Yes, it’s over the top.  Yes, I obviously cannot wear it to the grocery.  But, the moment I had an opportunity to rock this piece, I certainly wore it proudly.

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I added a  touch of glam to this outfit with these chic minimalist Marc Fischer’s two strap velvet block heels.   I found my pair at Macy’s during last year’s Black Friday sale for only $34, marked down from $80.  You can find it currently at DSW for $59.  Finally, I accessorized with some beautiful accessories, and a gifted clutch to bring the outfit together.

You Need To Know Why Dressing Up Is Important -Thrifting Diva
Remember, by dressing up, you will feel great, you act happier and you’re more personable towards the people around you.  Start each day with a positive attitude and a bold appearance.  As Rachel Zoe says, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

 

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42 Comments

  1. I love this.😊 I would often make excuses for dressing up bat work as we work in a super casual office environment, but I have began to dress my casual outfits up with accessories including various wedges, kimonos, scarves, and jewelry as well as do my face even if it’s a basic face daily. The my confidence has gotten better because we you look good you feel good.

    1. I have been a stay at home Mom for the past 9 years. I completely understand and receive your message. While I am not one of those Moms that drops their kid off at school wearing pj pants and a hair bonnet, I have to admit I do not take the time to look my absolute best; that changes TODAY. I buy beaitiful things that sit in the closet waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear them. Well, the parent meeting at school, the volunteer hours, and my day at the market just became good enough to wear my threads!! I’m chunking my Chucks (converses)!! Thanks for the inspiration and reality check!!

  2. You look Fabulous in this dress and it’s worth every dime. Message received. . . .I’m retired & hardly leave the house unless I am shopping in my jeans and a good fitting top. But, when I have an occasion to get dressed up. . I go all the way. Thanks for this post!

  3. first I love love your look, you are inspiring and so glam. This outfit is beautiful. Second, I miss working so much because it gave me a huge reason to dress up for myself. Working from home is hard because I go to yoga and the come home to work by myself and it’s hard to get the motivation to dress up. But it is so frigging worth it and it makes a huge difference in how I see myself. Love the spirit of this post so much!!

  4. You make a great case for dressing up! To be honest, sitting at home on the couch all summer with a broken foot in the hot summer temperatures, I’ve been dressing for ease of dressing/comfort in the heat, and nothing else! But I cannot wait until I discard the final cast and get to reenter the world again, so I don’t have to worry about silly things like not being able to keep up with the laundry!

  5. What a beautiful outfit – you style it so well! I totally agree on the part about how when you look good, you feel good. That’s so true for me! When I spend just a little extra time getting ready, I feel like I can do anything.

  6. I’m kind of a mix. Half the time I’m dressed up, half the time I’m casual. I think it mostly depends on where I’m going for the day. I don’t feel the need to get dressed up to walk my dog around the block. But I do want to look good when I’m going to be out and seen. I used to never leave the house without makeup, but I’m glad I’m comfortable to do that now. But I definitely enjoy looking good on other days. You don’t want to be casual all the time or I think you lose your sense of self.

    1. I love dressing up, it makes me feel more confident, to be honest. I don’t dress up often but I do it anyway, especially when I’m not feeling like I’m best self for that day. It’s such a confidence booster and it just makes me feel amazing!

  7. that dress is gorgeous!! I agree, dressing up is important, after being a stay at home mum for the last 7 years, going back to university to study textile design definitely pushed me to put more effort into my daily outfit, ( I used to dress up mostly in the weekends) I find it a great way to express your mood that day …cozy, feminine, edgy, bohemian…love it!! Visiting from the Saturday link up over at Claire Justine. https://erikashineon.com/

  8. I love and agree with everything you said! Looking good and dressing the part is a form of respect to the person I am meeting. Even if it is just going nearby to buy groceries, we should not put on T-shirts with holes in them…when you look good, you feel good about yourself too!

  9. I know I certainly feel much better when I dress up. When I feel good about myself my entire mood is changed. That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love that blue color.

  10. First of all, those shoes are fabulous. Secondly, I totally agree with you about dressing up. I love the way I feel when I spend extra time to pick out just right outfit and accessories. It gives me confidence and lets me show off my style. I really should do it more often.

  11. I totally agree with this! Looking good can help with feeling good!! I love the dress you have on here too 🙂

  12. You rock. I am impressed with all that you do you still take the time to make yourself look great. The dress is amazing and you are right that when we dress well it makes us feel better.

  13. I love you attitude. I’ll admit there are days like today where dressing up was a no go…I had a 3 hour drive with a pinched nerve in my back…I was just happy I could get my shirt on without bursting into tears. But at my office, people are often like “You don’t have to dress up,” or act like me wearing a dress is so much work…to be honest pulling up jeans and sitting in them after lunch is way worse in my opinion..but that’s a different blog post. I like to feel confident and have my stuff together. It’s like when you wear cute underwear even if no one will see them, to when you paint your toes in the winter when you’re going to wear closed toe boots.

  14. I love your inspiring words! I was definitely paying better attention to my fashion ensembles many years ago. But when I gained weight I started not caring. Now I am back to trying to find ways to look stylish with the weight gain!

  15. Those shoes! Swoon.

    Great post. I am DEFINITELY guilty of “saving” outfits and not wanting to wear them if I don’t have a special place to go. I need to wear my clothes more – otherwise they are a waste of money. But I can’t promise you I won’t be schlepping to the ball field in a tee and shorts!

  16. I love this post! I definitely think dressing up and having the mindset of wanting to look like your best self is super important! I won’t lie, I definitely have those days where I’m just like F*CK IT, but I do try and have the mindset of “look good, feel good.” 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  17. so true! I feel so much better when I am dressed up. I love this post and this topic. I think it’s a great way to talk about self-care and relate it to fashion

  18. Yes!! I love this! I always feel more confident and happier when in a nice outfit! I attend the University of Alabama and the majority of students put no effort into their appearances when going to class. No makeup, oversized t-shirts, and short shorts, everyday. I feel intimidated to dress up and stand out often. Will definitely be pushing past that fear and doing it more often!

  19. I love this outfit, it looks amazing on you!. I love the flow of the dress and the shoes go perfect. Wish I had someone where to get all dressed up to go, right now I’m 7 months pregnant and it takes effort getting out of my jammies 😛

  20. Oooh, this is good stuff, Ayana! I taught young children for years and made an effort most everyday to dress professionally and it truly affected how I carried myself.

    Then I became chronically ill will Lyme disease, bedridden for months and had to quit my job. I’ve slowly transitioned into a life I love as a writer/blogger and health coach, but have to admit most days I’m comfy in my yoga pants, tank tops and t’s and all-to-often ball caps and Chacos. Your post has definitely given me something to think about!

  21. Oooh, this is good stuff, Ayana! I taught young children for years and made an effort most everyday to dress professionally and it truly affected how I carried myself.

    Then I became chronically ill with Lyme disease, bedridden for months and had to quit my job. I’ve slowly transitioned into a life I love as a writer/blogger and health coach, but have to admit most days I’m comfy in my yoga pants, tank tops and t’s and all-to-often ball caps and Chacos. Is that so wrong? (JK)

    Your post is inspiring and has definitely given me something to think about!

  22. Love that dress! Dressing up does make you feel good because you look good! This dress is perfect for fall and can be worn to a casual and even semi formal event.

  23. I love your outfits. You’re so fab and fashionable. Thank you for inspiring me. I guess I really need to make an effort to dress up.

  24. Let me tell you that I’m the one who ‘eye-rolled’ when I read the title of the post, no offence! But, yes, the points which you’ve stated in bold, are very true!! On those rare occasions when I dress up, I do feel good about myself, feel confident, get lesser mood swings and all the other things too! And in my dictionary, ‘dressing up’ just means 20% more efforts on what to wear + eyeliner + lipstick. But, doing just that does add up the sparkle!
    I love this post & may I say, you look radiant in all these photos!! 🙂

  25. I agree that when you look good, you feel good. I remember one day back in college when I had a bad cold. I dressed up that day and it really helped! I think we carry ourselves differently when we are dressed up.

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