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Dare To Be Stylish At Home

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Dare to be Stylish at Home VLast week I began an extensive review of Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott. The first post in this experiment can be found at Is Poise Old Fashioned or Cutting Edge?

I agreed with the author when she wrote that poise could be learned at any age, by any woman. Early in the book she made a few statements I believed would have many American women doubting, and which were very convicting to me.

Scott said, “I advocate looking presentable always, not just when you are at work or out running errands where people can see you, but also behind closed doors. Many people look presentable when out in public, and, then, the minute they get home, change into sweat pants or some worn-out old outfit that isn’t fit to be seen in the light of day.”

I took pause, then wrote in the margin. BUSTED!

Her reasoning does make sense. If women desire to live a poised life, it must permeate throughout… as it did for her mentor, Madame Chic. “Because we are not cultivating poise to show off to other people. We are doing it to change our lives. Our entire lives. Not just our public lives, but our private lives, too. You feel and act differently when you are wearing nice clothes rather than frumpy sweatpants or an oversized T-shirt. I don’t care if you live alone or no one is going to see you all day. It is about self-respect.” She then writes … “Dare to be stylish at home.”

Though I have completely reinvented my style over the last twelve years, one thing has not significantly changed. Every day when I come home from work, or on the days that I stay home from work, I wear comfortable clothes. Ugly comfortable clothes. After consistent pressure from my family I finally got rid of an old night-shirt just a few months ago. It had been a reliable lounging favorite for years. So I decided this past week to participate in an experiment. Every day I came home from working, I stayed in my nice clothes. When I went to the kitchen, I pulled on an apron. But I stayed dressed until bedtime. And the one day I was at home all day I got dressed as if I were going to an office.

The biggest observation was … I GOT MORE DONE! Because I did not change into the frumpy clothes, I was more likely to go back out and do more. I found myself returning to the computer and work rather than relaxing with a book or television. I definitely realized there are days I switch on the comfort way too soon. For many of us who work from home, this is a challenge. I also enjoyed being in the kitchen in an apron and somehow thought more about the meal. It became more of a meal and less of a chore.

Learning poise is a process, and I am one work in progress. This book is helping me to be aware of areas I need to polish! One of my new daily goals is “dare to be stylish at home,” I’m still finding my way to that one. How about you? Are you more on the Madame Chic side or the Sloppy Pam side?

You might want to try the experiment for yourself. Thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique!  Have a wonderful week everyone.

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, <a href="http://over50feeling40.com">over50feeling40</a>, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

Ellen C.

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

For people who have outside chores like stall mucking, horse keeping, chicken keeping etc., dressing in good clothes makes no sense. Chores bring up the sweat and try as I might to stay clean the animals don't always cooperate. I do try and look presentable just in case someone should arrive at my front door while I'm out doing the chores. I would never wear those clothes out into public though. For that I do change into nice things but of course chores roll around again in the evening and it's back into the 'yard' clothes.

Donna

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Uh oh, think I'm busted as well! The comments are all very thought-provoking and well-written. Miss Pam, you have some top notch readers! Hmm, I think there are some tops in the closet that can go to the rag bag for cleaning. The whole getting dressed down to wearing real shoes (no sloppy house slippers) is part of the Flylady program. Being dressed in nice clothes, makeup and hair styled just ups a gal's productivity.

Karen

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

My husband and I are retired but still try to "keep ourselves up". I do my hair and make-up and dress as if I'm leaving the house, even if I"m not. I keep an apron on all day (with pockets to hold my ipod and kleenex) to keep clean while I cook. The only exception is when I'm working outside - and even then the make-up goes on. I wash up just before night time t.v. and knitting. I have MS so I think taking care of my appearance helps my self esteem and general wellness.

Jennifer Connolly

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

Not busted. I throw that stuff out and wear nice casual stuff. I may skip the makeup and perfume if I'm staying in, but I don't keep ratty clothes. I firmly believe clothes have an expiration date and we should invest in nice looking lounge wear as well as out door clothes. In fact Soft Surroundings has some really nice options these days:)

Diane

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

I behave differently when I'm well-dressed. Even when I'm alone. Strange, isn't it?! There's definitely something to this . . .

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