"It's better to be overdressed than underdressed." Well, at least that's what I've always been taught. But as society becomes more and more casual and laid-back (and lazy), it seems that underdressed is becoming the norm. As a teacher, I take pride in my appearance and try to set an example of dressing nicely and looking professional.
That's not to say that every outfit is a hit. Sometimes things are too bright or too short or too young. However, I always strive to dress up and look nice. If you wear dresses often, then you know how easy and versatile they are. And you know that people will always comment "Why are you so dressed up?". As if sliding a one-piece dress over your head and putting on some shoes took effort!
Dresses are the easiest items in your wardrobe to wear, yet they are often ignored or pushed aside because we fear being overdressed. Why is that a bad thing? Most of my students dress very casually, yet still complain that they can't wear pajama pants or sweat pants to school! Really, you want to wear pajamas to school? I have to wonder what they plan to do for a living.
Lately, though, I have seen a small group of students taking pride in their personal appearance. It's clear they pick out their clothes carefully. I'm talking boys in bow ties and blazers, and girls who look like they just stepped out of the pages of Teen Vogue or Seventeen. Yet I also notice they get picked on and made fun of and laughed at. Now they clearly have self-confidence, and don't seemed to be bothered by the teasing, but I can't help but wonder why they are ridiculed for dressing nicely! What has the world come to?
In today's photos I am wearing a dress I bought at Cato's three years ago for $30 and a pair of shoes I bought there last month for $20. I wore the dress to two separate weddings and shoved it to the back of the closet because I had deemed it "too dressy." All day I fielded questions, "Why are you so dressed up?"
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