Why is it that we get dressed for strangers, but don’t get dressed for ourselves?
I’ve been in Hollywood for the past two days, and in a flurry of pre-trip excitement, spent some of our tax refund on new clothes, new make-up, and proper hair care products. And for the past two days I have been showered, well-coiffed, and nicely dressed. All for people I don’t know and may never see again.
But left to my own devices, at home, with only my 5yo for a fashion critique? I often look like a surprisingly well-fed hobo.
I’ve thought about this a lot over the years, and even written about it here. I wish I could be more disciplined about getting myself presentable every day, even if I have no one to present myself to. Because how I look affects how I feel, and I should be a good enough reason to get myself dressed in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great reasons to wear sweats all day.
But since I often stay on the path I set out on, I find that if I don’t get dressed in the morning, I’m about 1,000 times less likely to ever go out that day. Which means I skip errands or miss opportunities or end up getting stuck on the unhealthy hamster wheel of obsession with household minutia.
I’ve seen this humorous image floating around Pinterest lately, so I know I’m not alone in this:
And I know this probably isn’t the same issue for women who work outside of the home. But I’m curious: Are you good about getting yourself up and ready for the day, even when you have nowhere to go?