“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”
― Coco Chanel
As much as I don’t believe that Mademoiselle Chanel was an ever flowing spring of wisdom, quotes, and aphorisms, it fits much better than I thought with my subject not to use it…
Because we are just starting a new week, I would like to invite you to take a good look at yourselves in the mirror for the following 7 days. Just give yourself a few extra minutes. Is this the ordinary morning, in which you get ready for work? Pick with care and attention your earrings or bracelets, make sure the collar of your shirt stands straight, check the edge of your skirt, straighten your scarf, use a blush and perfume, and change your bag.
Do you have a free day or you’re just off to take the children to school? Put on a pair of blue jeans, straight or boyfriend-type, choose the cutest pair of flats you have, put your hair up in a ponytail, and don’t forget about your trench and mascara. After all, spring is here. A chain of simple decisions – stylistic or vestiary – which tell a whole story about the woman that is looking back at you from the mirror.
From the moment we give up our pyjama, extra-large T-shirts, and the “not by a long shot” clothes, several things can happen:
- Your day can be completely different
Just like dishevelled hair, a rumpled shirt, a loose strain in your tights, and visible black circles under your eyes will not suggest a calm, relaxed and organised day start, their opposite – an ironed shirt, a fine sweater, a polished pair of shoes, and a clean face – say a lot about how you woke up, how you drank your coffee and how fast you walked out the door.
- When you look good, you feel good
I tried this myself. I also have those days when I need a crane to get out of bed when the simplest makeup seems to be a supernatural effort. On the other hand, in those days when I managed to put together a satisfying outfit and minimalist makeup, I felt how my mood changed. The clothes and cared look turned into a protective shield.
- You demand to be treated with respect
The way we dress tell other people a lot of details about how we feel about ourselves or how we expect to be treated. In those days when we dress nicely – clean, elegant, neat, with good taste, harmoniously and coquettish – we increase our chances to be treated with respect.
- You communicate without saying anything
As an extension to what I mentioned earlier, our daily outfits are the mark of the way we live, of our tastes and decisions, of the way in which we cultivate our mental and emotional parts, and of the ways we manage relationships and aspirations. Our appearance, from head to toes, should represent an authentic projection of our life and person, not a construction made out of purpose.
So, dress beautifully this week, my dears. Look at yourself with love and appreciation, pick your clothes carefully, treat yourself with kindness and grace, and smile as often as possible.