Thoughts on "Dressing Up"

     This past Friday was an annual tradition for my school: Spring Fling. Maryville College is small enough to be able to hold formal events for the entire student body, not just associated with one group or another. I know that a lot of Greek organizations host their own formals at larger universities, but we have neither Greek life nor that large of a population.
     Anyways, as you can tell, I dressed up with a few of my friends (two of my suite mates are in the middle of the group) and we all went out. Patrick was my date ,of course; and I regret not snapping a picture of his ensemble because he was dressed quite snazzily. I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to dance the night away with roughly 150-200 of my classmates; however, I had a pretty groundbreaking personal revelation that night.
     I hate getting dressed up.
     I know. I'm a fashion blogger. Getting dressed up on a daily basis is just what I do. But when it comes to getting all dolled up in a more formal nature, I am left feeling lost and uncomfortable. How am I ever supposed to feel "dressed up" if I would wear literally all of my dresses to class? It's not a huge problem to have. However, it is incredibly relevant to the direction that my personal style is heading.
     Glamor has never been something that I've been good at. In high school, I did my own hair and make up both years I went to prom. Both looked the same as they did every other day. I don't regret that decision, but it makes me wonder: am I missing something by sticking to my low maintenance and casual guns?
    I'm happy with my sartorial choices outside of these very specific semi-formal/formal situations. I buy things that I can see myself wearing day after day, which seems like a no brainer to me. There are those rare gems in my closet that feel too special to wear out too often, whether those are vintage pieces or other items of value. But in general, I prefer a casual, "effortless" (as my style has been called by many commenters, but that term is the subject for a different post) style to feeling overly coiffed. 
    In the end, I'd rather wear something that I can explore in. I want to be able to roam and drive and walk on cobblestone streets and be able to bend over to pick flowers. While my tagline is "Dressing for life's adventures", maybe formal adventures aren't going to be my cup of tea.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

I definitely understand how you feel. I wear skirts and dresses throughout the week, and so I feel like that's more everyday wear, but then when a "formal" event comes up, it's difficult to find something that I feel is actually dressy enough to wear and not too casual. I know a lot of people think I'm really dressed up in a skirt and a tee, but to me, that's around-the-house/school wear, and so really getting dressed up is more of a challenge! When I went to the ballet last week (Swan Lake!), I really wanted to wear something dressy, and I realized that in my whole closet full of dresses and skirts, there were very few that actually met the standards for what I was looking for. It's fun to dress up and all...but I feel like it can also be so stressful and uncomfortable!

And I should stop rambling now.(; I love the outfit that you chose, by the by! The floral print on that dress is gorgeous!

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