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The saturation point came at the Fourth of July celebration in the park last week when I saw enough dimpled thighs, flabby arms, bulging bellies, and sagging breasts to last me a good long time. And that was just on the men.
Some of the getups I saw on the female contingent just made me shake my head in disbelief. Doesn’t anyone own a mirror any more? What ever happened to taking pride in one’s appearance?
Or did I just miss the memo that said that everyone’s rag tag, clean-the-house, weed-the-garden, wash-the-car kick around clothes are now considered casual wear?
Dressing well isn’t much of a challenge any more, particularly in the summertime. All you have to do is put on something OTHER THAN a sloppy t-shirt and frayed shorts to stand head and shoulders above the crowd.
So why do so many people who manage to dress acceptably for work during the week suddenly take leave of their common sense come Friday night, quitting time? I have no idea. It remains a complete mystery to me.
All I know is that if you’re one of those people who likes to “let it all hang out” when you’re off duty, let me offer a piece of advice:
Gather it up and put it all back in.
Because unless you have some secret potion brewing in your basement that makes you invisible, here’s a news flash: people can see you when you leave the house.
And chances are, when you look your very worst is when you’ll run into people you know from work, church, your kids’ sports, or whatever. Their shocked expressions and kind, “Oh! I didn’t recognize you!” will really mean “Good heavens! Is that what you wear when you think no one is looking?”
So don’t tempt fate.
Make the effort to pull yourself together.
Since it takes just as much time to put on ratty clothes as it does nice ones, I encourage you to take the sharper approach. Not only will you stand out in the sea of sloppily dressed people around you, you’ll also enjoy more attention and get better service from those with whom you interact.
Here are some tips for creating a sleek and sophisticated summer look:
Finally, remember that first impressions are lasting ones, whether you’re meeting a new client, going on a first date, dropping laundry at the cleaners, or any other situation. Don’t let your appearance say that you’re lazy and unimaginative. If you care about how you look, others will take care with you. In the sea of uninspired summertime ne’er-do-wells, you’ll stand out like the jewel that you are.