Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I’m so excited to share with you some summer style inspiration today. But let’s chat a little bit about personal style while our eyes take in these elegant and effortless summer neutrals. I wonder if you too may be going through a bit of a style evolution.
Just yesterday a new Dressed for My Day reader mentioned that she has been going through a bit of a style transition and needs some help navigating her way. I can totally relate. My life has changed significantly since my children grew up and left the nest. But some of those changes weren’t reflected accurately in my wardrobe until the recent pandemic. Who knew a pandemic could cause such a shift in fashion?
But indeed, the recent (and still ongoing) pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders prompted fashion brands to scramble for more athleisure, lounge and comfort clothing to offer homebound shoppers. As we hunkered down at home with nowhere to go, we not only craved comfortable clothes, but we realized there’s no need to wear anything else.
It became commonplace for people working at home to dress up from the waist up while wearing sweats or yoga pants or leggings or even pajamas below. After all, their co-workers could only see their top halves on conference calls. And elastic waist bands are much more comfortable than buckles and belts and snaps and zippers.
While I was already working from home – and have been for years upon years – I found myself insisting upon more comfort and ease in my clothing, too. I didn’t forsake style, mind you. I just like pretty clothes. So I have no desire to throw on mismatched pieces and call it a day. But I did begin to reach for clothes that move more freely with me, breathe better and simply feel more casual and less fussy.
But it wasn’t until the stay-at-home orders began to be lifted that I realized I have no desire to return to some of the clothes I once wore. That’s not to say that I’ve given up structure or belts or blazers entirely. Woah Bessy! It just means that I’ve realized that I can create beautiful, stylish outfits that are also comfortable and fuss-free…and I like them. And I like me in them.
What about you? Has this pandemic changed your personal style in any way? Temporarily or even permanently? Has it made you more aware of your preferences? Or maybe it’s even freed you from some style inhibitions or rules that you were clinging to…for who knows why? Or maybe you’re looking forward to returning to more structured clothing, dressier pieces, more professional outfits.
I think we’ve yet to see all the lasting results of this pandemic on our culture. I have a feeling we’ll forevermore shop from home more, relate to people a little differently, practice hygiene a little more fastidiously, value community all the more but practice it in new ways and work from home more. And I just wouldn’t be surprised if this pandemic doesn’t have lasting effects on our fashion sense, too.
At least for me, I know I’ll continue to want to look beautiful and pulled together in my clothes. But I’ll also be factoring in comfort more than before. It’s finally dawned on me that I don’t have to put on anything that feels stiff or tight or fussy. I don’t go anywhere that requires that at all. That’s not to say that everything I wear will have an elastic waist band. That wouldn’t be good for my waist size. Ha! It just means my personal style essence has shifted a little towards a more relaxed vibe.
What about you? I’d love to hear from you today! Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the elegant and effortless summer neutrals I’ve shared in the photos today, just let me know in the comments. I’ve already shared the top before (and the navy version of it just yesterday!). And I got the linen pants at Dillard’s when they were half price. Unfortunately, they are no longer marked down. But I’ve gathered similar items in the shopping widget below so you’d have some to check out.
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Blessed for My Day
Did you tell yourself a lie yesterday? Come on, think about it a minute. Did you ever tell yourself something like…”you can’t do this”…or “no one notices you anyhow”…or “you’re a failure”…or “you’re such a disappointment?” I think most of us tend to tell ourselves a lie every now and then, especially when our emotions get the best of us.
That’s why we need a daily dose of truth to level those lies. But it’s not enough just to read the truth in God’s Word. We must choose to believe it. We must allow the truths of the Bible to replace and dismantle the lies of the enemy. Consider the lies you most frequently tell yourself. Find the truth about that in the Bible. Write it out. And the next time you hear that lie in your head, you choose instead to cling to the truth.
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. ~ Psalm 15:2