Do you dress up for special occasions only? Maybe you prefer to don your best threads only if you need to go to work and there are clothing standards to uphold. And on regular days, you consider it absolutely fine to stay in house clothes or be as casually garbed as possible.
Or perhaps you belong to the growing number of people advocating dressing your best every day. Whether you’re a new mom, a work-at-home professional, or just someone on an errands run, you consider style as a serious consideration every day, no matter the occasion.
Fashion designers, professional stylists and some social media influencers say that it’s not a sin to stay in your pajamas the whole day if you’re not going out. But if you want to approach your day in a healthier and smarter way, clean yourself up and get dressed nicely first thing in the morning.
“Why Must I Get Out of my ‘Plains’?”
The mere act of deciding to wear something nice has an impact on your psyche.
Whether you admit it or not, you most probably have preconceived notions about other people based on how they dress. Taking this into consideration should make you realize that self-presentation really does have standards, and they actually apply to you as well.
And this reality doesn’t only manifest through the way others judge how you dress and the other way around. It is also evident in the way you perceive yourself.
Ask any accomplished person how dressing their best impacts their self-perception and one of the most common answers you’ll get is: “I take myself more seriously when I’m dressed right.”
Why is that?
It’s all because they have made the effort to look their best and feel their best. Dressing up, even just for yourself, involves planning and a careful calculation of the outcome. So, if other people go through all that trouble, how, then, can they not take themselves seriously?
5 Other Reasons to Dress Your Best Every Day
Apart from the fact that you’re more inclined to take yourself seriously when you’re dressed right, here are five other reasons why it will benefit you to make dressing your best the standard for everyday living.
1. It puts you in a more productive mindset.
When you’re out of your sweatpants, you automatically get this notion that you have things to accomplish for the day. Even if you’re just staying home, you will find yourself looking for things to do and making every hour purposeful.
Overall, you’ll just carry yourself differently when you’re wearing “smart” clothes versus your loungewear.
2. It’s a great way to assert who you are.
Dressing up is considered a form of self-expression. It’s creative, so you definitely can have a lot of fun with it. Don’t deny yourself the experience.
Also, if you want people to somehow have a good idea of the kind of person you are and what you stand for without saying anything the clothes you choose to wear will do the job.
3. Getting dressed nicely is a respectful gesture.
Very few people understand the importance of dressing up as a form of good manners. Every time you meet someone and you look absolutely presentable, it shows that you value their time and the effort they have made to meet you.
Fact: You may not have spent a long time deciding what to wear, but if you look clean and beautifully put together, the person you’ll meet will get the idea that he or she is important enough to dress up for.
How about that for making somebody else’s day?
It’s worth noting as well that wearing presentable attire all the time shows that you respect yourself. You are also worth the time and energy to look good for “you.”
4. It can help you become the person you wish to be.
The habit of dressing your best is also a way of taking proactive action toward your personal goals and dreams. Say, you want a better career. Dressing up in the best clothing for that career is an effective way of internalizing the goal and pursuing it. It’s a great jump-starter.
In addition to that, getting your attire right is something to check off your list of things to do for your goal. It’s the easiest thing to do to become the person you wish to be – definitely way easier than skills development and snagging the job you want.
5. It makes your ready for anything.
Coco Chanel said, “Dress like you’re going to meet your worst enemy.” This is a quote professional stylists use as advice for their clients all the time.
Your worst enemy can be a person or a situation that you’ll encounter at one point in life or another. Either way, you want to look fabulous and a force to be reckoned with.
Also, when you have made it a habit to look your best every day, you don’t have to worry about those other sudden situations that require you to look presentable.
Wouldn’t it be a source of great convenience if you had already done your hair, makeup and wore “smart” clothing at the start of the day when your husband decides to surprise you with the presence of his colleagues in your living room?
As low as the likelihood of such situation happening, it truly would be less awkward if the surprise visit didn’t expose you in a less than ideal appearance. No matter how annoyed you are with your husband for springing that situation upon you, for sure, you won’t have a problem appearing like a gracious hostess.
You are Worth the Trouble
True, it may seem like a lot of work to beautify yourself every single day. This is why many initially complain about having a high maintenance routine. But, most of them eventually realize that dedicating 10 to 15 minutes a day to pick the right clothes and apply makeup is worth it in the grand scheme of things.
Additionally, a lot of resources are available online on how you can revamp your everyday look. So, it should not be too hard anymore.
Looking presentable has the wonderful ability to change your outlook and even your activities for the day. So, if you’re looking for a lifestyle change that is easy to execute, yet leads to great results, getting dressed and made up every day is something to consider. It has worked for many, and it may also work for you.