So I woke up for work on this lovely day and as usual I asked myself the same questions I do every morning, “what am I going to wear?” and “what’s the weather today?”. As I turned over and looked out the window and saw the spring snow falling, I only wanted to slip on my Lululemons with my big hoodie and rock it to work. Of course I would never do such a thing. I snapped out of it and slipped on my comfy sear skirt and cotton turtleneck to complete a sharp black ensemble. However, I must admit I have my days where I just want to roll into work like it’s a Saturday morning, and then I remember those words.
Growing up I was always told to look presentable, it doesn’t matter where you’re going – school, work or a late run to the grocery store for that Haagen Dazs (guilty!). You never know who you’re going to meet. They say you should never judge a book by its cover. At times I find it a little hypocritical in the sense that the first thing we see when we meet someone is what they’re wearing. Even without speaking to someone before they open their mouth, the human mind automatically begins judging and formulating biases. This could be based on race, physical features, scent, and yes, clothing. The “cover” in this context is overall appearance. Is it right? No, but we can’t always control human nature. Although we should not trust too much in appearances, it’s still the first thing we see.
A huge part of my career is interviewing people on a daily basis. Because of that, the first thing I’m drawn to when I meet people is their appearance. Although this is technically the last criteria I judge them on, it’s still the first thing I see. Keeping in mind that not everyone can afford the wardrobe of a superstar, however it’s not about who you’re wearing but what you’re wearing, where and how you’re wearing it. The truth is we live in a time where people don’t respect attire. We wear running shoes and flip-flops to weddings, jeans to church, and baseball caps in restaurants. We’ve lost the sense of style. The fun in dressing up, and even dressing down at appropriate times.
I always say that it doesn’t take much to look presentable. With the right clean threads, a smile, and a final touch of confidence, anyone can look good. But to feel good, that starts from within.
skirt → Rudsak
turtleneck → Wilfred
shoes → BCBG
mug → Winners