My work look is fairly polished. I have a flexible uniform of knee length skirts, solid and subtle print tops, colorful scarves for accent, and shoes/boots with personality. Almost all pictures of me you see on this blog were taken on work days. There’s a reason for this . . .
My days-off looks could use a tweak. I often use the “what’s clean and comfortable” method, which translates to jeans and a tee of uncertain provenance. My thinking is flawed: “I’m only going to be seen by my beloved husband or a few dear friends. They love me no matter my look. Save the good stuff for work and special occasions.”
Well, there is the public, including possible co-workers, future employers, and ex-boyfriends with their wives. And there is myself! I sometimes shortchange myself by glossing over my casual looks. And it shows. But I am worth the few extra minutes it takes to look better-than-OK, without going full-press career-wear.
Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to elevate my days-off looks, and I’d love to hear yours, if this is an issue for you. Or maybe you dress well every day because you enjoy it, hooray for you!
- Hair and nails. If I take just a couple of minutes to fuss with my unruly hair, use gel and a couple of clips, it looks much better all day. Good hair equals good look! Ditto my nails. Even with clear polish, they elevate my look when they’re neatly trimmed and oiled.
- Face: healthy glow is the goal. All I need is mascara, moisturizer, blush or bronzer, and lipstick, with an emphasis on moisturizer.
- Simple modern tops, or pretty floral ones don’t take any more time than standard tees. I am currently upgrading this corner of my closet.
|Just as easy as a tee, but prettier. Gap.|
- No cheap crap. A mantra for every day of the week, actually. And it doesn’t refer to price. I mean cheap looking and feeling fabric, construction and color. Good construction doesn’t have to cost the moon. I have some terrific jeans from Sears that were under $25, and look like much more. Gap makes sturdy, good-looking tees for under $20.
- Cool shoes. Not the same as work shoes, but flats and sandals that make me feel wow.
|Cute, comfortable and better than my flip-flops. Earthies.|
- A piece of great jewelry. Again, doesn’t have to be the Hope diamond, but a favorite bangle or pendant shows care.
That’s my commitment: to look more polished most every day. There are days for window and car-washing, beach walking and marathon Netflix-ing, during which no gilding is needed. ☺