It seems most of us have at lease one piece of “favorite clothes;” those outfits we gravitate to when we want to look our best or even feel our best---or the opposite, our worst! When I was a child our family was very poor, so everything I wore was handed down from my older sister, who often wore clothes from a thrift store or those that were given from kind neighbors.
In ninth grade I had a distant cousin whose family was not so poor as ours. We were near the same size. She owned a pair of “purple people pants.” I loved those pants. There were so many faces of people on the pants it just looked mostly purple with white designs. Still, I thought they were awesome. My cousin let me wear these pants to school one day. I felt amazing! It was probably the first time I ever felt like I “fit in.” The pants changed the way I felt about myself.
She was generous about loaning them to me throughout that year, but the incident taught me something about myself. Clothes were important. They didn’t have to be expensive, but fit well and be somewhat stylish. I liked to look nice and fit in. I remember a simple A-line burgundy skirt that gave me the same feeling, that was mine, and that I wore often!
Even today, I am sensitive to how I dress. I’m happy with shopping at a thrift store and I’ll even admit, most of my clothes come from there. They are often designer clothes someone else grew tired of, could no longer wear, or otherwise had no need of. My size helps with this, I admit, but even if it didn’t, it’d still be my favorite place to shop! I strongly believe how we feel can be determined, to some degree, by how we believe we look!
I felt dowdy and plain, unattractive and out of place in most of what I wore, as a young teenager. This is devastating to self-confidence and self-esteem. When I wore clothes that fit and looked reasonably attractive on me, it changed my perspective. The same is still true. I find when I wake in the morning, if I don’t put on an outfit that I like and makes me “feel” pretty, I will feel “less than optimal” all day.
Have you ever gone to your closet, took out an outfit, looked in the mirror and said, “Not today?!” Sometimes it takes three or four efforts before finally settling on the right outfit for a given day. This proves we dress according to our moods,….. and our moods and how we feel, are affected by what we wear!
What about you? How do you feel about what you wear? Is it important or not really?