One cold, drafty Sunday many years ago I was an enchanting 12 year old wearing a lovely deep blue lace dress and waiting for bible study to start when an awful girl named LeeAnn sauntered up and snarkily asked why I was “SOOOOOO” dressed up.
“For Jesus, LeeAnn. Your ripped jeans and NKOTB t-shirt make him cry. Jerk.”
…is what I wanted to say.
But I didn’t, because even at 12 years old I had class. I also didn’t have much of a quick wit, so I was stunned into silence, appalled that someone could ask something so rude. My boyfriend at the time (yes, even at 12 I had admirers) came to my defense and told LeeAnn he thought I was beautiful and gave her a look insinuating that she was not. He then turned back to me and said something that I have parroted to many people throughout my life:
“I think it’s nice that you always look good. She’s stupid.”
I suppose I don’t quote EXACTLY what he said since I’m no longer 12. My quote is more like:
“Don’t ever be ashamed to be the best dressed person in the room. It is far better to be overdressed than underdressed. Nobody ever throws an overdressed person out of a dining establishment and you can get away with far more minor crimes if you’re wearing a lovely pair of heels.”
I have been off my A-Game with pulling myself together lately. Sweatpants have made frequent appearances even though I don’t work out. My hair lives in a ponytail. I’ve worn sneakers with mismatched socks.
I consistently blame this on having 2 children but, honestly…
No, I won’t lie, it really is because of the children. It is ALL their fault. They are two of the greatest loves of my life, but they exhaust me to the point of wearing tacky clothing on a fairly consistent basis because I’m too tired to put a decent outfit together.
Today I will begin practicing what I preach to my children.
*Dress for the life you want, not the life you have.
*Dress for great success, not for mediocrity.
*Dress like you’re going to randomly see your own LeeAnn in Target and she’ll be wearing knock off Juicy Couture terry clothe pants and a coffee stained white turtleneck and when she sees you wearing a black shift dress with your hair in a trendy bun she’ll think back to the day she tried to fashion shame you and feel immediate regret.
*A single strand of pearls or a tie can make an incredible difference in any ensemble, and you can use both items to choke any muggers who think you’re rich and carrying cash simply because you look lovely.
I promise, you’ll be shocked at how much better you’ll feel about yourself when you throw the chips away, peel off your sweatpants and put on some mascara.
“The thirst for revenge and fear of random social embarrassment is the greatest motivator in the world of fashion.” -Me