Just One Thing

Everyday dressing:  How to move yourself from “putting on clothing” to “getting dressed” – step two.  (Step one is getting dressed in clothes that match, with a decent pair of shoes).

Just put ONE thing on that represents you and/or pulls your outfit together.   

Ideas for things that represent you:

  • Hair accessories:  I wear leather roses in my hair quite frequently, this hits up my feminine/bohemian self.  Are you more of a sparkly person?  Maybe just a hairpin with a dolphin on it? A cap?
  • Jewelry:  Signature pieces, like the bracelet, necklace or earrings you are never seen without, whimsy pieces that whisper about your favorite things, team colors…
  • Jackets:  I know any number of people who wear the same jacket to everything casual – whether that’s a field jacket, a baseball jacket, a leather jacket… it doesn’t matter, so long as it’s recognizably you.
  • Upgraded shoes:  Attention getters – the purple people eater boots or carved leather cowboy boots.

Ideas for things to tie together an outfit:

  • Belts:  That style-free t-shirt and jeans gets an easy upgrade when you add a belt.
  • Scarves:  Scarves say so much on their own, I was tempted to put them in the “represent” list, but they are more likely to make the outfit cohesive than be a statement of who you are (excepting the bit where you’re a person who wears scarves).
  • Layers:  Add a visible second t-shirt underneath for a splash of color.  Add a buttondown (over or under).


Certainly you could incorporate multiple items on this list, and as you become comfortable, that’s exactly what you should do.  But for today, just pick one.   Just ONE thing to add to what you’re throwing on before you head out the door, just one thing in addition to the stuff you have to wear so you don’t get arrested for indecent exposure.

Start small.

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