If you look good, you feel good
Does getting dressed in the morning really make a difference? This is a tough topic for moms. Especially, Stay at Home Moms. Generally, we are at home most of the day, so we wear yoga pants or cough, cough...jammies all day. But, I soon realized that the days I got dressed and did my hair and make up, I was more productive. Not only that, but I was happier, I felt better and I felt more put together. And still to this day, we have some pretty crappy days when I stay in jammies till 2pm.
So I started researching the correlation between my days and if I got dressed or not. And it turns out, that getting dressed is a pretty important part of your day. No only does clothing affect how other people perceive us, but it affects how we feel about ourselves as well. If you were to walk into a job interview in a freshly pressed pant suit, heels and a pretty blouse - #1 how would they perceive you and #2 how would you feel?? If I was wearing that, I would walk in like I owned the place! But imagine walking into a job interview in sweatpants and no make up. Um, #gross. I would be embarrassed, have no self confidence and probably not get the job. They would look at me like I was crazy!
Just because we aren't walking into a job interview every day, doesn't mean we shouldn't take pride in ourselves. Just because we are cooking for toddlers or folding laundry doesn't mean that sweat pants are where its at every single day. (some days, its totally ok!).
Check out the post below from another moms perspective who also happens to be an incredible stylist in Texas! Myaann is a personal brander and image consultant based in Dallas, TX! We got to know each other through a project we both worked on, Prep Cosmetics and I think we connected right away! Love this girl!
One of the phrases I use on repeat (and I mean broken record status) is “if you look good you feel good.” It’s true on the daily. As a mompreneur of a 14 month old, I know the struggle all too well. I get up at 4:30/5am everyday to work until the baby wakes up. It’s difficult yes, but to build a better future for my son, I’d do anything!
Being sleep deprived is the norm for most moms. The goal is to bathe and put on deodorant everyday, am I right?! But what if you took it a step further. Ok, maybe 5 steps further…what if you got dressed everyday in clothes that fit and did a little something with your hair and makeup?
Let’s be real: it’s SO easy to throw on leggings and a sweatshirt. I do not deny that. But how do you feel in your worn out leggings and sweatshirt/tee shirt you wore yesterday with a questionable green smudge on the sleeve? Not really sexy, I’d say. Not confident, and not productive. What if you upgraded that look to a leather-ish legging with a tunic tee and a long cardigan sweater? Or a step further – to skinny jeans, a cute tank top and a leather jacket or a blazer?! You’d feel much better, right? Right. You’d look good, therefore you’d feel good. You’d be more confident and productive that day. Who doesn’t want that?!
Let’s not skip on the fit of your clothing, either. For example, finding the right fit of a jean can be daunting. With all the cuts, styles, and brands you will find your perfect pair! Don’t think you need to spend $350 on them, either. Go to the big box stores and try on several pair. Find a style and size that fits you perfectly and find them on an online consignment store like ThredUp or Poshmark. Having clothes that fit is paramount to how you will look and ultimately how you feel.
A couple of tips when trying on tops:
- Check the armholes if you think it feels big
- The old cross the arms in front of you to check the fit of the back isn’t realistic. Re-create movements you would naturally make
- Check the hem length and think about your lowest fitting pant!
Having a closet full of clothes that fit your body not only make it easy for you to get dressed (who wants to mess with a fussy outfit all day?!) but you will feel better about yourself. You will exude confidence, and I promise you your productivity will go up. Remember those days when you’d get dolled up to go out and dance the night away? Well, you can have that feeling and really get things accomplished. When your confidence is high, you have a much higher probability of staying motivated, focused, and on task. Think of what you’d achieve in the worn out leggings and the sweatshirt with questionable stain vs the skinny jeans, cool tank, and leather jacket…a helluva lot more, I’d imagine!
I will challenge you to go through your current wardrobe. Pick out those items that don’t fit quite right and make the decision to either sell them online or get them altered. It will make your life easier when getting dressed and you will look and feel your best!
Myaann is a personal brander and image consultant based in Dallas, TX with clients on both coasts. She specializes in helping people find their personal brand, creating curated closets, and personal shopping. She is also the founder of MYN Style Box, the only custom subscription box service. Her passion is the art of dressing and her calling is to serve others, helping them be the best versions of themselves.