Tank: J. Crew
Vest: Forever 21
Pants: LC Lauren Conrad
Necklace: From a beach shop in Myrtle Beach
For the first time since I walked into Mrs. Gillespie’s kindergarten classroom with a Pocahontas bag strapped to my back (Clearly I’ve been making great choices regarding accessories for years!), I am not joining the millions of students and teachers storming the entrances to schools all across America this week.
As those of you who know me are already aware, I am certified as a high school English teacher in addition to being a freelance writer. I have spent the past three years of my life in public schools trying to teach 9th and 10th graders the fundamentals of the English language and help them make personal connections between the real world and literary classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Julius Caesar.
During those three years, I learned just as much from my students as they learned from me, and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. After much deliberation, I decided to take a year off from teaching to assist my mom in dealing with the ups and downs that go along with beating cancer’s ass with the feminine ferocity she instilled in me at a young age!
I read an interesting blog this morning about the need that freelancers and those who work from home have for regularity in their schedules and lifestyles. The author mentioned how it had become all too easy for her to shower and dress around noon not because of laziness, but simply because she felt like there was no need to fix herself up if her trips to the “outside world” only consisted of running errands.
Being that my work right now consists of freelance writing projects that can be completed from home, I’ve been making a point to avoid wearing my old college t-shirts and pajama pants every day. I certainly don’t plan on donning the pencil skirts and heels I was so used to wearing as a teacher to write in my living room, but I truly believe that putting some effort into how I look each day affects my outlook tremendously.
Honestly, I don’t dress to impress the people I encounter. If someone sees my outfit and loves it, that’s just an added bonus. I dress for myself, so why would I stop trying just because I’m not working in a school or office?
Today I cuffed a pair of boyfriend jeans, pairing them with a tucked-in tank, a bohemian cut-out blouse, and a long-strand seashell necklace. Even though my day only consisted of traveling to clinics and finishing up freelance work from my kitchen table, I wanted to make sure to put a polished touch on an outfit that could have otherwise been sloppy.
What’s your take on this? Do you put effort into your outfit even if you don’t plan on leaving the house?