Posting on a Monday... Back on track baby.
You've probably heard the term "dress to impress" before, right? So when you're on the red carpet, dress to impress. When you're graduating high-school, dress to impress. When you're living everyday life, dress to impress? That one's a bit tougher. I find that on my university campus, for example, you're judged pretty hard if you aren't wearing yoga pants and a hoodie. If I want to wear any type of footwear that has a loud heel to the grocery store, I'll get dirty looks. I don't get it. Is it an age thing? As if you're not allowed to dress with "style" unless you're a business professional? So what if I'm 20 and want to wear high heels, does it really make a difference in your life?
It's probably common knowledge here at this point that I went to fashion school, and let me tell you, people did NOT wear sweatpants there. I did once (after working a super early morning shift) and I have never gotten that many dirty looks in my life. Long story short, I was used to putting a lot of effort into my outfits. Once I started attending university, the spectrum totally flipped - if you look like you've put any effort into your appearance at all, you're trying to hard or are too focused on the "wrong things", in comparison to your studies. Alright screw that.
I went shopping with my mom, and she is probably my biggest confidence source. Every time I put on a nice outfit she raves about how good I look and how fashionable I am, and I do the same for her! But after trying on some super cute pieces, I was wondering how I was going to fit them into my life as a full-time student. She was astounded, said I needed to dress for myself, and that I'm young and should have fun. Go mom.
SO AS OF THIS MINUTE, I don't care. I don't care about the looks from people in sweatpants, I don't care about the looks from grocery clerks, and I don't care about how early in the morning it is; If I have a super cute outfit in mind, maybe even with a heeled shoe, I'm going to wear it. I keep thinking how much I miss dressing up all fancy, but that doesn't make sense... why am I missing something I can continue doing RIGHT NOW?
My main point here is dress to impress, yourself. Wear what you want to wear, everyday. It doesn't matter what the people around you are wearing, if you want to look a certain way, you have all of the power to do so.