Life is an occasion. Dress for it. This means, look your best. Don't save your nicer garments for parties you never go to and people you'll never see. Whether you are heading to the grocery store, having casual drinks with friends, or eating dinner at home with the family, step it up and dress as if you are meeting a stylish friend you have not seen in a long time. I am not saying dress as if you are about to run into your favorite ex-boyfriend in a club. Instead, respect yourself and the company you keep by looking nice. With that said, there is a time to be over dressed and a time to be under dressed.
Times To Be Under Dressed
1) Walking the Dog
As pictured, it is quite impractical. My canine friend Jesse definitely wanted to go faster than my heels allowed and silk is not conducive to animal paws. Best to stick with jeans, shorts, summer dresses and other easy to wash clothing. This goes for most dirty and physical activities, although I can vouch that going to the batting cages in heels can be done.
2) Day Date with a New Fella
Whether he is kind of new or brand new, look great, but dress casual. Leave the heels and dress at home if you are not a dress kind of gal. Overdressing will only escalate the uncomfortable for both of you. He will either jugde you for the high effort or make him feel guilty for being too casual.
3) Outings With a Male Co-Worker or Friend's Husband
No need to send mixed signals to men you don't need attention from. Unless you are always fabulous, hold back on the over effort when specifically hanging out with these sorts of fellas.
Times To Be Over Dressed
1) Dinner Out
Use this as an excuse to dress up. It doesn't matter where you are going, enjoy the evening out in your favorite dress or heels.
2) Having People Over
This is your house. It is absolutely the most perfect opportunity to take your look wherever you want. If you feel self conscious about being the only one well-dressed, prepare your guests for your attire and request they join in on the theme.
3) Job Interview
Unless explicitly instructed, or you are sure the tone of the company or industry would find it inappropriate, go for the suit instead of business casual. The sophistication of your outfit will show respect and the seriousness of your desire for the position
4) Drinks Out
I repeat, use this as an excuse to dress up. It doesn't matter where you are going, enjoy the evening out in your favorite dress or heels.
5) Lunch with your best friend
She loves you! Make a plan to get dressy and grab those sandwiches or sushi.
There is no need to stay in your pajamas for Christmas. Show your festivity by throwing on a great dress.
7) Cocktail Parties
If the party on Saturday has the word cocktail in front of it, grab your most fabulous dress and display your good taste. Just hold back on the floor length gown. Save that for the formal wedding, Oscar party or when you have people over.
8) Party or Event
If the occasion came with an invitation, time to bring out a stunning outfit. Why not? I dare you.
As you can tell there are far more occasions and reasons to dress up then to dress down. The only time you want to dress down is when showing too much effort could damage a relationship or your clothing.
Photos by The Marvelous Robin Dayley
(No animals were harmed during the production of these photos, although that cannot be said of the dress)