A couple years ago, Psychology Today published an article that implied that women judge men’s attractiveness based on their clothes while men judge women’s attractiveness on their physique. PT’s conclusion: clothes makes the man, not necessarily the woman.
That being said, I’m not taking any chances. Dressing for success is not just about how attractive people consider you to be. Clothes affects your mood, impacts how comfortable you are in different situations, and makes it appropriate for you to engage in certain activities. And that’s just how you feel about your clothes. There’s a whole set of considerations for how people relate to you based on how you’re dressed.
Last week, I started an outfit planner where I organized my outfits for the week ahead so I could put more thought into it on one day And free myself from having to make some of those decisions during the busier part of the week.
Successes of the outfit plan:
- It definitely saved me some time in the mornings. Not having to think about my clothes and wonder if part of the outfit I wanted was clean, was a major win.
- When j was organizing, I chose some things I don’t wear often, mainly because it’s not easy to find matching pieces in a rush but giving myself time to plan an outfit meant I could look for the coordinating items.
- I didn’t wear a couple of the outfits I chose. One morning, it was too warm for any of the outfits I had laid out so I went with a completely different plan.
- Some of the plans I had made for the week got changed mid-stride so outfits appropriate for those days also had to be adjusted accordingly. I realized I either had to prepare a couple backup outfits or make my outfits a little more versatile.
Pics from last week:
I’m not sure why there’s china in the cabinets at Starbucks but it makes an interesting background for a selfie or several.
I’m not sure why people are ordering warm beverages in 90+ temperature, but according to the sign in Starbucks, Fall is almost here.
Saturday afternoon, at church, I lost the hat and let the fro-hawk just happen. It felt fun and freeing.
Usain Bolt is still the fastest man alive. I’m so proud of him and proud to be Jamaican… Now if only I could run as fast as him.
This week, I’m preparing for success again and I’m dressing for it.
On Monday, I have a lunch meeting that I’m really looking forward to. The first time I wore this blouse, someone else wore an identical outfit. It’s been a couple years so hopefully I’m the only one wearing it now.
Tuesday, the forecast for rain and I want to be able to wear my rain boots if necessary. A black lace blouse and jeans will go nicely with my purple galoshes. I plan to spend most of the day indoors catching up on my writing but you never know what interesting motivation you can find out in the rain.
Friday is always time to celebrate. And I celebrate with some of my favorite colors – shades of purple and lavender. On the 4th Friday, the youth group meets and this will make the transition from day to evening quite well.
Other goals I have this week:
- Finish my writing project if I can find the 30K words I need to complete it.
- Find an agent for my novel (this is an ongoing goal)
- Run total 28 miles – average 4 miles per day.
- Visit some sick/shut-in church members.
What was your best accomplishment last week?
What are you most looking forward to this week?