Monday, July 8, 2013

Life Lesson: Overdressing

I've hinted at this through my previous posts but I think overdressing is one of my biggest life lessons I've ever learned. My grandmother, a southern belle in her own right, instilled in me the importance of dressing yourself for the day. Even at 5:00 am, she is dressed in a fabulous moomoo with a full face of makeup and fabulous hair. She taught me at a young age that dressing right means that you are putting your best foot forwards, your best persona forward and your mind is in the right place.

Most college students wear yoga pants and t-shirt to class. I have maybe once in the two years that I have completed at Penn State. I am always seen in at least jeans and a white v-neck with a scarf or cool shoes unless I am at the gym, getting ready for bed or hiking. Wearing yoga pants to me signifies down time, time where I can do what I want, whenever I want. Putting on a nice outfit separates Play Taylor from Work Taylor for me. When I wear something cute, I know that I need to be on the ball, on the money and ready for whatever can be thrown my way. Even when I am the most stressed, taking the time to put on a nice outfit soothes me nerves. It makes me feel much more at ease. I think that is because I believe that overdressing is a lifestyle choice to me.

It's a choice to wear something nice when you really do not want to or you don't want to upset the status quo. It's being prepared for things that you would not ready for otherwise. It's being cognizant of things that could come your way and wanting to eliminate one thing from your worries. I always think that when I'm dressed nicely, I do not have to worry about what I look like. I can just worry on what the problem is or the people I am with or remembering facts for tests.

My challenge to you is to elevate yourself into the overdressing mindset. Be prepared for all the meetings or classes you attend. Dress up and show yourself that you can look good everyday. Get a manicure and admire your nice nails while at work. I promise you that it will make a difference.

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