Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Ready to Go"

When you receive an invitation to an event, written or otherwise, do you have to stop and think about what you have in your closet?  Do you have a feeling of dread because you know you don't have anything flattering to wear?  Do you look at your hair and realize you need to book an appointment with your hairdresser?  Maybe you feel that it's going to be too much work and expense to get ready to attend the event.  Sometimes it's easier just to send your regrets and quit worrying about it.  Don't miss out on fun events just because you're not "ready to go."  Keeping up with your appearance pays dividends down the road.  Visiting your hairdresser every 6 weeks and keeping up with manicures and pedicures (even if you do them yourself) will insure that you are ready to accept invitations, last minute or otherwise, so you don't miss out on an opportunity to mix with people and socialize.  If you don't have some basic clothing pieces in your closet you will always feel like you have nothing to wear.  If your weight tends to fluctuate then you will need to choose clothing that stretches a little.  Buy some basic black pieces like slacks, a jacket and a tank top.  Then you can add colorful accessories to dress it up.  Some basic black shoes or sandals complete the outfit.  Most women have jewelry that can add a bit of sparkle to the outfit but don't pile on too much.  A small, black handbag will also look nice instead of a huge, everyday handbag that may look a little rough around the edges.  If you're not comfortable wearing make up then don't.  Just keep your lips from becoming dry and flaky by using a lip balm or moisturizing lip gloss.  Choose a clear one unless you see a color you like.  Scarves can add color and pattern to an otherwise plain, black outfit.  If you're not comfortable trying to tie one around your neck then tie it to the handle of your handbag.  Now that you are "ready to go" you can accept those invitations or last minute phone calls to meet with friends for casual drinks or dinners. 

This picture of Sally Field shows how basic black can be dressed up or down.  Adding different materials adds texture and sometimes a bit of shine.  Simple jewelry and shoes finish the outfit.

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