I have written in the past month or so about this strange revolution that has started taking place in my life. For the past several years, I have not worn a dress; I now have purchased three dresses in the last six weeks and will wear a dress to the three weddings that will occur in the next few months (yes, another engagement occurred which means a wedding coming up in January). I have given people a hard time in the past for coloring their hair; I had highlights put in my hair this past January…they augment my natural highlights (the grey…or, as I like to call it, SILVER). I have poo-pooed the whole “manicure” thing for years; I now get them on a regular basis.
The most recent piece in this revolution is the really cool thing that happened yesterday. I wanted to wear black pants (weird, I know…I never wear black pants to church!) and a black shirt…but wow, can we say “GOTH” with a capital G? Anyway – I thought, “What would Elise do would with this outfit?” If you haven’t heard me rave about my cousin-in-love, Elise, check out her blog – Pennyweight – and then like her page (also called Pennyweight) on Facebook. She is a seriously talented fashion lady, photographer, and designer extraordinaire. Since meeting her at her own wedding (a fab event) and at subsequent cousin weddings, she has inspired me to throw away the thought that I will never look good in things I wear and instead find things that look good on me to wear. What a thought, really! Yes – it takes time, and yes – it takes a bit of patience. But, oh so worth it.
Sorry … I digress … where was I … oh, yes …
I thought, “What would Elise do?” And the answer was obvious…add a scarf! Kerry had purchased three BEE-AY-U-ti-ful scarves when he traveled to Israel last summer; two for me (green and blue…my second and third favorite clothing colors after black!) and one for Beth (an orange). Because this past Friday was the first day of autumn, I thought the orange would be the most appropriate. It was! I felt awesome in it! I felt like a big girl – all dressed up with someone’s arm (the huz) to hang on to and somewhere fabulous (church) to go.
It worked so well for me that I wore the almost the exact same outfit to work today – but I changed the scarf and wore the green one. No one complimented me, but that may have been because I pointed it out to them before they had a chance.
I realize that this revolution is strange, and I often look at myself in the mirror and wonder who that person was who thought that sweatpants was better than a pair of dress pants. Honestly – the key is to find the most comfortable dress pants, the most comfortable dress top, a beautiful piece of flare (a scarf or a necklace), and the best pair of dress shoes (more comfortable than my sneakers!). Looking good and being comfortable can go hand in hand. A good pair of jeans with the right pair of shoes and cute top can look as good as a pair of dress pants.
Who am I? Oh yeah…I’m that girl who wants to do a 5K in October. And I embrace her!