By Rachel Comish
Nothing beats the comforts of jeans and sneakers— except maybe sweatshirts and leggings. But as you get older, graduate college, and try to make it as an adult with a career, maybe sneakers aren’t the best option everyday.
Getting dressed in the morning is not just about looking good— it’s about setting a standard for your day. If you know your physical appearance is taken care of, you have one less thing to worry about. Now you can focus on working hard, and doing your best in other aspects of your life.
But what’s stopping us from being more confident and professional in our daily lives?
Obviously, don’t get rid of every sweatshirt in your closet— it’d be a cold world without them. But pea coats and sweaters are warm too.
Winter is fun because of all the layers. It’s not just a sweater dress and a coat, it’s leather boots and gloves and striped beanies. You can show so much more personality with a funky scarf or some sweet patterned tights.
Try not to slip into the habit of wearing the same old sweater every day. Make getting dressed in the morning fun! Now’s the time to discover your ideal look, and you can adjust your wardrobe to accommodate your workplace environment.
When getting dressed for a date, highlight your best features. Maybe wear tighter jeans or shorter skirts, or do something cool with your hair. The objective is clear: look more attractive and feel more confident. Slay, queen. Slay.
For job interviews, dress pants and button down shirts are a pretty standard uniform. You can switch pants out for a pencil skirt or throw on a blazer, but overall it’s important to look responsible and feel professional.
Personally, taking care of my appearance is how I show self-respect and personality. I’ve grown out of Hollister tee shirts and opted for solid color cotton shirts instead. I shop more at Banana Republic than Aeropostale. My jewelry is more Lia Sophia and less Claire’s. It’s how I make myself feel like an adult.
The amazing thing about what you wear is it can actually change how you feel. Sometimes we’re less inclined to slouch if we’re wearing a dress and heels. If we know our hair looks good, sometimes we’re more relaxed. It’s not about being the most attractive person in the room—it’s about feeling confident.
Confidence is necessary. With a little help from your wardrobe, it’s easier to stand tall and look people in the eye. Clothes aren’t the key to confidence, but nothing’s wrong with a bit of empowerment! So don’t hide under an old wardrobe that isn’t letting you grow up. Being an adult doesn’t require growing up immediately, just taking baby steps.
And if those baby steps come in the form of leather boots and chunky necklaces, maybe we can handle that.