The Art Of Getting Dressed

Friday, April 17, 2020

It's the part of our morning we've come to know so well: teeth brushed and coffee sipped, it's time to get dressed. So we open the closet door with the last bit of sleepiness in our eyes and wonder "what am I going to wear now?" Or, if you're like me, you'll know what you're wearing already, picked out and ready to go, but the end result is the same. We get dressed. It's the one part of our day that we know will happen, and it's one that can have the most meaning, even if we don't mean for it to.

The argument that fashion is not frivolous or one dimensional is one I will be passionate about until the end of time. Fashion is not inherently just about fashion. The art in which we dress ourselves tells us-and the world- who we are and who we want to become. (thank you, Blair Waldorf) When you put on something that makes you feel powerful, it shifts the way you view yourself. 

Dressing is a part of life, but it can also change your life. 

So what happens when the world is rocked on its axis and your life no longer feels your own? 

Does dressing change? 

There has been a drove of 'what to wear to work from home' articles (yes, I've written them too) and athleisure advertising has spiked in the last month. It's no wonder- the majority of us are at home and we want to feel comfortable in what we wear, as it gives us a sense of comfort in the discomfort. And why get dressed anyway because where are we gonna go right now? The fridge?

But there is still something to be said about the art of getting dressed. Intentionally putting on something you've chosen from your closet of wonders, something that makes you feel normal and ethereal. In these cases, a skirt is more than a skirt and a dress is more than a dress.

It's a representation of everything you don't know how to say in real life. It's a representation of beauty and normalcy and a Saturday night out. Office chatter with co-workers and brunch with your best friend. See, dressing yourself is an act of self love and in this time, it is one that matters most. 

I know there are some who think that writing an essay on fashion- especially now- is in fact superficial and like, who cares about it? But I beg to differ. Because style is, at its core, the art of dressing from the inside out, and it is the first step to gathering your bearings in any situation. 

So remember to step into your wardrobe each morning and dress with abandon, even when you have nowhere to go. 


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