Monday, May 11, 2015

Elegance Tip #9: Get Dressed with a Purpose

As a stay-at-home mom the hardest thing for me to do is get out of bed like I mean it every morning. I've been blessed with a little one who sleeps until 8am or 9am regularly, and although I love getting up before her, I hate getting up early. If I do get up before Miss K, I slump into the living room and into my rocking chair in front of the computer where I will get right to work on checking Facebook and email and doing absolutely nothing productive. I'm a log in my chair until the inevitable moment Miss K starts calling me to get her out of her crib. In that moment I realize I could have spent that hour writing a blog post, cleaning the living room, or getting ready for the day. What's really sad is that I always complain that I don't have a lot of time to get dressed in the morning. The truth is I actually do have some time, but I don't use it very wisely. So instead of getting dressed with a purpose I usually end up in some pair of leggings (that probably came from the hamper) and the first t-shirt I can find.

So what does it actually mean to get dressed with a purpose?

When I have a substituting job I get up early and I do my hair, I put on makeup, and I choose an outfit that is pretty and appropriate for the day. On the days I don't work I just don't care. By the end of the day I feel like a slob and I look like one too. It's hard to be elegant if you feel like a slob.

To fix this, and follow the tip, I've been trying to plan my outfits for the days I don't leave the house with as much thought and precision as I do when I'm going to work. I've discovered that this is a little harder because I don't want to feel confined and "dressed up" when I'm sitting at home and my collection of comfy clothes isn't quite as large, but I'm working on it.

How do you get dressed with purpose?