Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dress for Success

My mom told me once, a long time ago, to always dress for success. When you have a big test, dress cute. A job interview? Put on a new shirt. Even a big run coming up-wear your newest running clothes. That being said, I often argue that I should dress how I feel! If I'm having a crummy day, I wear sweatpants.

My point? Does what I'm wearing actually have any effect whatsoever on my mood or performance? There have been countless studies on this topic in schools-uniforms vs individuality and I don't want to go there. My question is simply this-in day to day life, does the way I dress affect my productivity and attitude throughout the day. I wore a uniform for 8 years. My husband truly only saw me in non-PJs on date nights and at church...and I felt like life was just fine. Now that I get a choice every morning of what to put on, the constant urge is to wear yoga pants and a pony tail every day! However, I hear that nagging voice in my head "dress for success Megan"!  So...I try! 

I have a Pinterest board, I read Shaffer's blog and learn what I should wear when. It takes some of the effort away, but still I wonder if it really matters. If I get up, shower, and layer a cute military jacket over a t-shirt and skinny jeans with boots to go to the grocery store, do laundry, and write-am I more productive than if I had stayed in sweats? Honestly, I have yet to decide officially. I will say, though, that I can't bring myself to "bum" more than  a few hours of a day-I feel like I need to put on an outfit, otherwise I am not a productive member of society! I become just that girl who never for our of her PJs today...and well, my pride says NO to that. I assume my opinion may change when I have kids, or when I get over the freedom of choosing my outfit every day (what, no uniforms?!), but for now, I'm dressing for success! Join me?

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