Yes, it is what’s on the inside that really counts. And in a perfect world, we would see ‘everyone’s insides’ first (that sounds kind of gross, but not how I intended it!). It doesn’t matter where we live – the big city or small town – inevitably, running to the store for 2 seconds in our sweatpants with UGG’s on (and sweatpants tucked in sloppily), shirt that doesn’t match, hair on top of our heads, no makeup on, is just an invitation to run into someone important. And we’ve ALL done it. I did it just the other day! I came home afterwards and looked at myself in the mirror, and thought, “oh. my. gosh. Thank goodness I didn’t run into anyone I knew!” But I did run into PEOPLE! Who saw me and looked at me! And who knows, maybe one of them was the man of my dreams, who just passed right on by because he didn’t see my ‘insides’ first. Of course he didn’t! He didn’t even look twice at me because of how I looked! It’s possible that had I looked somewhat presentable, a conversation may have started, and I’d be looking forward to a first date. And while I didn’t run into anyone I knew (this time), I certainly could have! And if so, I picture myself ducking behind food aisles and making a bee-line to my car, all the while forgetting what I came there to get!
What I’m trying to say is that, of course, it’s what is in your heart, mind, and soul that REALLY matter. But in some ways, your APPEARANCE matters even more because no one will get to see all of those other great things about you if they don’t first get by your APPEARANCE! I’m not saying you need to look like you’re going to meet the Queen every time you leave the house, but certainly, a little bit of effort is required when going somewhere.. anywhere!
Since I work in Fashion, I like to “dress the part”. And I take pride in my sense of style that I’ve developed since getting into the Fashion Industry. I am able to basically wear what I want (within reason), and I’m able to express myself through my clothes and how I wear them. To me, Fashion is Art and Art is Fashion. I have certain items of clothing and shoes in my wardrobe that I take extra special care of because these items are like works of art to me. And when I decide to spend a lot of money on clothes or shoes, I give it a lot of thought first – Is it worth the money? What will my return on my investment be? How often will I wear this? Is it really worth this much money? It’s almost like purchasing a fine work of art or stock in a new company!
I’m known at work for having a Classy Style with an Edge. And I like that I’ve developed my own sense of style, finally! I never used to feel confident in what I wore or bought for myself. I would think about it way too much – ‘Do I really like this? Is it really pretty or really ugly? Can I pull this off? Is this me?’ But all you really need to ask yourself is, How does it make you feel? If you feel good, then buy the shoes, shirt, or whatever the case may be. I just purchased these 3 graphic tees by Alice & Olivia (25% off entire site right now!). These tees are SO ‘me’ that I had to get them! I’ll wear on their own or pair with a blazer for a little extra class.
Also just purchased this sequin mini dress by Dress the Population for Denver Fashion Week. It was price matched at 25% off, so ended up being a really great deal, and perfect for the event! I’m going with a friend of mine from work to the last night of Fashion Shows and we have front row tickets! I can’t wait… should be lots of fun! Although I am still deciding between this sequin dress and gold and black one below, which is also by Dress the Population. Any votes on which one??!! I may just buy both for now and decide at the last minute and then return the one I don’t wear. Or not!
Ok, got off on a little tangent there talking about Fashion! It’s easy for me to do!
My primary purpose for this post was to say that dressing your best always is NEVER a bad idea. You never know where it might lead – a new friendship, a date, a new job, etc. So always put your best foot forward wherever you go… It gives you more confidence and self-esteem in general, and, you never know who you might run into or meet!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Please leave me a comment. I’m fairly new to blogging and I’d love to interact with you all, and possibly collaborate one day in the future!
xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹
Published by Style by J Rose on 10/03/18