Monday, March 5, 2012

Why are You So Dressed Up?


"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?"

Why not?

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”
Orson Welles




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16 comments:

Annie said...

This dress is so pretty Katie! I agree - I love wearing dresses as well - they're kind of easier than pants sometimes. And good for those kids who put some effort into their outfits - I would totally encourage them :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Tara_St said...

Next time someone asks you why you're so dressed up, your answer should just be "Because I am fabulous." There was a girl I went to high school with that had her hair in an elaborate updo almost every day. People made fun of her, but they were secretly jealous of her fabulousness. I hope all of those mini fashionistas know that the kids are making fun of them because they're jealous of their style and poise. Tell those kids to start a blog...haha.


Tara
Penniless Socialite

Anonymous said...

I agree with everything you said! I am at stay at home Mom but when leave the house, I look fabulous! :) dresses, skirts and blazers are everyday items for me ( not heels since I am 5'9!). But people often ask me what the special occasion is. LOL. Love your dress! Cassie

Feathers & Freckles said...

Love this dress on you, what a pretty print, and I always love the classic black/white combo.

I agree, it's not hard to dress nicely - pulling a dress over your head is WAY easier than pulling up jeans and throwing on a sweatshirt.

Keesha said...

My husband ALWAYS looks nice. I used to dress nicely but not as put together as he was. He inspired me to throw out all my "comfy" clothes and only buy things I feel pretty in. By doing so I dont have the option to wear crap or feel like I dont look great EVERY TIME i walk out the house....You look great. Simple yet put together :)

Thetinyheart said...

This dress is so pretty on you, Katie! I agree that I'd much rather be overdressed than underdressed! I can't wait till it gets warmer out so I can wear all my spring dresses...there's so much less thinking involved to wear a dress!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Kristin said...

I love the dress and don't think it "overdressed" by any means! You look very pretty!! I love wearing dresses, in fact that's what I wear all spring and summer, and part of fall! There's a teacher at my kid's school who always wears jeans and a sweatshirt. Rarely do I see her wearing anything else. She's a second grade teacher, and this is a private school where the kids have to wear uniforms!!!

Carrie said...

Gorgeous dress! Great choice of photo location as well. You remind me that I need to wear dresses more often. :)

Marissa said...

I love that dress and it looks great on you! Who cares if you're 'dressed up' makes you stand out from the crowd! True model style :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks Carrie! As soon as I saw that wall, I knew I was going to have to take pictures in front of it!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I know, right?! I'm all about lazy!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I actually do have one who has started a blog... so awesome! And thank you!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I was walking the halls today, and I was mortified at what some of the teachers were wearing! We get lectured/reminded all the time, "Jeans on Friday only!" But it doesn't stop people from wearing them. I saw a teacher this morning, and she was dressed so casually I thought she was a teacher. Tsk, tsk!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I love every bit of this comment! And I think that's going to be my answer from now on!!!

MelD said...

I totally agree - you don't need an excuse to dress up and look fabulous and chic :)

One small point is that as a curvy plus, a simple jeans/T-shirt combo is never going to look as easily chic as it can on some slim girls, it's simply a fact. So what could be simpler than to slip on a dress like this that has you looking great in a jiffy and with even less effort than the other girl LOL

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I agree 100%! I think it's the larger bust that makes me look less "chic". I just feel sloppy in jeans and a t-shirt!

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