My bad blogger behavior continues! I try to consistently post at noon each day, but my schedule hasn’t allowed me to do so. Work is steady with events, which I absolutely love; my volunteer work is in full swing with a lot going on over the next two weeks; and I’m actually on the attendee side of a multitude of events, as well.
Today’s post is about something that happened to me this weekend. I went to visit my boyfriend, and we decided to get a hotel room in downtown since we were planning to meet some of his friends there. There was a Saks Fifth Avenue in the downstairs of the hotel! As a shopaholic, I was so excited. The next morning, as we were going down to shop, I started feeling very self conscious. I felt like my outfit (blue, white, and black striped dress, black leggings, black cardigan, black Tory’s) was way too conservative and dowdy. I felt like if I went into the store, I would be mocked for my super conservative outfit.
The same day, I popped into H&M at the mall, because we don’t have one here. I’m looking for a dress for a specific occasion, and thought I might be in luck there! When I went into the dressing room, I started feeling insecure like I had been earlier. I felt like maybe I did dress too modestly in general, and maybe it was time to start buying clothing that was seemingly more “age appropriate.”
But the issue is, that’s not me. The media puts such a pressure on women to look a certain way, and honestly, the messages are conflicting. There is weight shaming, twitter accounts about how one hair color is superior, articles telling us what men like… But none of that matters. What matters is that we like ourselves.
I choose to dress modestly. I like pieces that are elegant and sophisticated. My “fun” pieces are brightly colored. My mom always teases me that I have three “going out” outfits, and that I should probably purchase more things to wear when I go out with my friends! (She’s right. Haha.) I know this about myself, and (minus typical female insecurity spells) I embrace it! I like myself, modest clothing and all. And regardless of how you dress, whether it be modest or skimpy, I hope that you like yourself, too! Do what makes you happy, not what the media tells you should make you happy.
I hope that y’all have survived your Mondays! If you haven’t entered The Southern Three Giveaway that I’m involved with, be sure to check it out! I don’t want you to miss out on such fabulous monogrammed goodies 🙂