Growing up, my mom stressed the importance of being & looking clean, and always presenting yourself in a lady-like fashion.
Since getting ready to go some place meant “getting dressed”, I felt pure excitement in my heart every time!
Getting dressed didn’t mean getting “gussied up”, or wearing dressy clothes; not all the time. It meant preparation, care…forethought. Whenever we went somewhere, even if it was to the grocery store or to visit family, my siblings & I got “dressed”; smelling good, hair styled, and clothes pressed. We didn’t wear “name brands” & all that jazz, but we were some clean-looking kids.
Getting dressed for school often meant laying pieces out the night prior & ironing away any wrinkles.
My mom taught us how to cleanse & take care of our bodies, how to crease pants, and sew buttons & hems.
I enjoyed it all.
My dad (being the clothing yang to mom’s ying) used to ask me all the time when I was in high school, “Aren’t you overdressed?!” Ha!
Is wearing an all cream pants suit, with olive faux-croc, patent leather, ankle booties in the middle of winter overdressed?!
Probably, but I never felt like it.
I couldn’t comprehend “being overdressed” at the time…Mom said to look nice!
Nevertheless, I’d always consider his question, but my reply was always the same: “No!”, with a confused look on my face & a twinge of attitude in my voice.
Didn’t he understand?!
It’s so funny…now, I’m quite conscious of the feeling of being overdressed, and I think it’s far worse than being underdressed…then again, I don’t like to draw a lot of attention to myself because of what I have on. I’d much rather stand out in a very subtle manner, if that makes sense.
Sometimes a jacket feels too jazzy, or a piece of jewelry feels like too much, so I have to take it off.
It’s weird how you carry things with you to adult life, sometimes unknowingly…lightbulb!!! I think my style may have originated from my parents! It did originate from my parents.
…Not too little (mom), but not too much (dad).
I LOVE deciding what to wear, getting dressed & looking nice. Sometimes I do it to go nowhere, but I especially do it when traveling…brings me so much delight!
Which would you rather be: over or underdressed?
What are the origins of your current style?