Since early last year, I’ve made a point to dress for the ordinary days: to dress like I’m ready to take on the world, not like I’m barely getting by.
I’m conscious of the power clothes have to send messages to the people around us. That’s why for everyday dressing, I shun the sophisticated in favor of approachable, friendly, and fun styles.
He said–in a tangent that I was all too happy to hear–that dressing every day is a creative act: what you wear communicates “who you are, how you feel, and how you want to be treated.”
It’s the “how you want to be treated” part that got me. I realized, flipping back through my mental catalog, that I’d done this for years–like when I dress with care when going shopping so I’ll get better service, like my mama taught me. But I’d never heard it articulated until Call said it.
Recently, I’ve been yearning to exercise the power of dressing. Our winter here feels never-ending, and I am yearning for spring.
So when I popped into Nordstrom Rack to make a return last week, I couldn’t resist a bright scarf with a sailboat-ish print that just screamed spring! I pulled it right off the mannequin and took it home for ten bucks. Totally worth it.
Maybe I can’t make the weather change (although today was glorious!) but I can dress the way I want to feel–and I feel like a girl who’s ready for long days and sunshine.
So in the picture above, I’m wearing my spring brights and my sailboat-y scarf, because I want to be treated like a girl who’s friendly, approachable, and absolutely done with this winter.
What about you?
Who you are, how you feel, and how you want to be treated: what do those three things mean to you and to how you dress for the day?