I love fashion.
I love talking to so many of you and helping solve fashion conundrums.
I also know I’ve been in and out here on Fashion Fridays this past month because of travel, but I’m coming back with a bunch of new ideas including a beginner series.
I’m also finding places and times not to worry one lick about fashion.
When it comes to career, I believe that dressing professionally and smartly gives you an edge.
When it comes to date night with your love, I believe it’s important to show your man you love him enough to make an effort.
But sometimes we need to unplug from all the muss and fuss.
Sometimes we need to say it’s not important to impress anyone.
That was a lesson I learned this weekend.
We spent the weekend, mostly, poolside, and then had group dinners in the evening with the board and their families. I had a fun conversation with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages as our daughters played. As we got ready to head back to our rooms to get ready, conversation turned to attire. I found myself saying, I’m not even washing my hair – I’m hopping in the shower, throwing my hair in a ponytail, and throwing on shorts. I’m not trying to impress anyone.
Can we discuss how liberating that statement is?
All too often, we’re really just trying to impress each other.
Maybe we could call a time out? Especially on Saturdays? A group of women at brunch is some of the fiercest fashion and make up I have ever experienced. That doesn’t have anything to do with our job or our relationship. The brunch fashion race is just about keeping up.
Now, I’m human. And I was definitely one of the frumpiest looking chicks at dinner this weekend. And I noticed. Maybe even felt a little twinge of insecurity. But then the kids bounded up with Mother’s Day art and messy kisses, and I remembered what really mattered. Remembered my lack of make up or accessories never registered with these prizes.
These are the looks that don’t make it into Fashion Friday posts: NICU feedings and early morning baseball games and ponytailed late nights with friends and playing on the farm and laughing with coffee stains.
Now I’m always going to love me some fashion. I believe it serves a very real professional purpose. But let’s not let it hold us hostage. Let’s not be scared of looking real and messy and going au naturale (this summer especially!) on occasion too.