Regardless of whether itís right or wrong, people will always judge us by how we present ourselves, and the old Ďclothes maketh the maní adage has been proven to be true time after time. In simpler terms this means that how we look and dress not only influences how others perceive us, but also how we feel about ourselves.
Itís easy to become complacent about our wardrobe and this is especially true on days when we donít have to go to work or to go out in public. How many of us fall into the habit of rolling out of bed and pulling on our most comfortable track pants and ugg-boots, regardless of how old, misshapen or discoloured they are? Who among us can say in all truth that we donít have a favourite old, faded, stretched t-shirt that we just canít part with? I know Iím guilty of all of the above.
Iím also guilty of convincing myself that I can get away with one more day of not washing my hair, or that I can get another wear out of my work pants before they go into the wash. But have you noticed that these are the days when youíll get caught out by unexpected visitors or some urgent need to go out? (Or by the State manager visiting your workplace?)
But it gets even worse when we start thinking itís ok to wear the ugg boots or slippers to the store or to pick up the kids from school wearing our dressing gown or hair rollers (no-one will see me, Iíll be in the carÖ.).
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Now Iím not talking about any kind of vanity here. Iím talking about self-care and self-worth.
Think about how good you feel when you know you look good in an outfit. When your clothes are clean and your hair is clean and especially when others compliment you.
Think of how rotten you feel when someone knocks on your door at lunch time and youíre still in your wrinkly pajamas and no bra?
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Think of the embarrassment of nipping to the store in your slippers and running into that guy you like from down the street, or of having to change a flat tyre while wearing your dressing gownÖ..
Even if we still donít care what others think, we should care what we think of ourselves. I like to look in the mirror and at least be satisfied that I look presentable and that the extra few minutes I put into getting ready was worth it.