When I came up with the idea of the Look book Collections for Revenge Fashion Boutique, it was to capture our daily moods and make getting dressed a piece of cake. These days many of us may not have a reason to get dressed if we're working from home or in quarantine, not working currently and waiting to go back to work.
However, instead of having to have a reason to get ready in the morning; like getting ready for work and trying to figure out what to wear, we can switch that and dress according to how we feel.
Once you've determined your psychological state of mind, it will be easy to put the pieces together from your wardrobe that help heighten that mood. But don't stop there!
No look is complete without the hair and makeup to match the desired theme. A customer of mine loves to dress up and get her nails done. Recently, she'd been on several job interviews and dressed in a manner that made her feel empowered.
When she didn't get any of the jobs, she couldn't figure out why. I asked her to send me a photo of her look. Everything looked great, including her hair but she didn't have on a stitch of makeup!
She said she hated wearing it and therefore, didn't think it was all that important. Let's face it, we are visual creatures and the first thing someone will notice about you is your face.
Somehow, her look didn't look polished, she looked incomplete and possibly unprofessional to her interviewer who, even though saw she came dressed for the part, was unfinished.
She may have even lacked confidence in the interview or came across in a manner that didn't convey her expertise for the job, even if her resume did! There will be times when we may need to do a Zoom meeting and appearing on camera like we just rolled out of bed, just looks bad to whomever is viewing us.
Dressing up can help us not only get through but cope with being in quarantine for so long. And, walking around in sweats, without a shower, no make up and unwashed hair for weeks, can leave us feeling blah as if life has become a constant struggle and not worth showing up for!
One of the ways we can show gratitude for being alive and having an optimistic outlook on our future is to dress the way we envision our present and future to be. This can heighten our sense of mood both mentally and emotionally.
Also, what we wear impacts our self esteem. Dressing can be especially fun if you're single and going out for walks in the park or window shopping in town. You never know who you might run into!
Anyone, who is single, both men and women, and has been living in isolation for months, may be craving interaction, from the opposite sex. Whereas, they may have been closed off and distracted by work and life before the pandemic, they may have a different outlook on life and thinking this isolated single life is getting old.
Watching you walk by may be just that breathe of fresh air that they have been craving. And if you're wearing a mask, they can't see you smile, but you can wave and say "hi" in an upbeat voice, being sure to make eye contact.
Dressing the part will not only give you the courage but the confidence as well. Go through your closet and think about ways you can re-style current pieces that, maybe, you haven't worn ever (tags still attached) or haven't worn in a long time or is looking sad on a hanger.
I've got these beautiful textured full mini skirts in black and a beautiful deep red (sold out quickly online here), and haven't had an opportunity to wear them. Tonight, I found a black fringe mini skirt as well that I'd never worn. So, that gave me an idea to style those skirts with leggings and ankle boots (for outings) or my Ugg boots for walking the dog in the park.
I haven't been able to do that in this South Florida heat but relocating outside Nashville will bring some Fall weather and an opportunity to wear something other than flip flops and capris or swimsuit and cover up, which gets boring after a while.
Dressing up in our signature style, to match the mood of the day, is more important than ever. It's not only an escape from our current realities, but also a reminder that every time we get dressed for no reason other than to match our mood of the day, that we're covering ourselves with something that brings us joy and boosts our sense of well being.