The time has come for us to finally discuss the overwhelming epidemic that is sweeping the world. The era of lounge queens and work-out gear fashionistas. Throughout my years of styling, I have come across many women that claim to have such a love for fashion, style and latest trends but you consistently see them wearing leggings with baggy sweaters or workout gear around town. Its time to rise up and take 5 more minutes, if that, in the morning to become the fashionista that we know you can be. Below are the excuses that I come across often whether its through styling gigs or from my friends in general, as to why the choice was made to wear lounge and athletic clothing over more flattering chic apparel.
- I don’t have much time in the morning to put together an outfit.
This excuse is one that doesn’t make much sense to me. If we were to turn the clock back to earlier in the day when you were getting ready and took time to look through your closet or dirty clothes hamper to find your favorite pair of leggings and top or your infamous Lululemon work out pants and jacket, we could take a second to change our selections. I personally believe that within that same amount of time, one can open a drawer, grab out a pair of jeans or shorts of your choosing and then grab a simple blouse or tee shirt. If your closet is as organized and tidy as it should be, going for your favorite lounge or work out piece can be replaced with going for a more presentable and fashionable look.
- I'm just not that good at dressing myself.
Fashion and style can be very intimidating, and I completely understand that but you had to have some sort of knowledge of your own style to actually go out and purchase the pieces that you have already within your closet. If you are one of those individuals that has no interest in fashion or staying up with the current trends there are a few things you can do to still keep yourself looking presentable. To start, go and buy a nice basic pair of jeans. I personally recommend a nice fitting dark denim. Dark denim jeans can be paired with an endless array of tops and shoes that you wouldn’t have to think too hard to put them together. Second, we should try getting a few basic tops. I suggest getting solid colored tees, blouses and sweaters, that way you don’t have to worry about mixing prints and textures. Solid colored chiffon blouses are perfect with dark denim jeans for going out on the weekends and during the week and try out sweaters on chilly days and tees during the warmer days.
- I just don’t care about what I look like, I'm just running out for a second.
This excuse is one that bothers me the most! No matter where you are going and for how long, presentation can say a lot about you as a person, your self esteem, and could ruin a lot of opportunities for you. When you are going out in public, you are never certain as to who you may encounter or see on your way to your destination. There have been many of times where I have ran into old friends, clients, or co-workers out in public. You have to always be on your A-game and never let them see you sweat. Constantly wearing lounge wear gives off the vibe of laziness and that you don’t really care about what you look like. This can easily be translated into you not caring about others, your work and things around you. Constantly wearing work out clothing and yet not working out draws more attention to weight not lost and you appear to others as wanting to be someone you are not.
I understand that becoming a fashionista isn’t the life goal of everyone and I can accept that. The one thing that I fail to accept is that everyone doesn't have the opportunity to look presentable and the least bit stylish without spending a fortune and all morning to do so. There a saying that goes, 'Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.' I know for a fact that not over 30% of the woman population are looking to be personal trainers or established couch potatoes. Take a day to actually get fully dressed in the morning and notice the change in your self esteem. Not only will the compliments that you will receive make your day better but the way you'll feel about yourself should make you think twice before putting on those leggings again to run to the grocery store or out with friends.