Leggings Aren’t Pants…..
BUT they are a far superior alternative. I thought I’d get the most obvious tip out of the way first. Wear leggings. Wear them often. Wear them with anything. People say that you shouldn’t wear them out of the house? Question: Does Beyoncé wear leggings out and about? Answer: Often, and with variety. Point made. If you need additional reassurance, ponder this: Why are leggings so real-world appropriate and sweats aren’t? I’ll tell you, dear reader. Leggings are streamlined. Your legs are streams and they’re just jonesing to be lined. Including at least one well-fitting garment makes your ensemble seem appropriate for the public. (Check. Mate.)
What makes a few swatches of fabric into an ensemble? Cohesion. Cohesion is the key to polish, easy refinement, and effortless grace. But, if you’re like me, your non-clothing-item clothing-items come in a smorgasbord of clashing colors and prints. We’re talking logo tees for participation, sleep shorts with patterns more fit for an elementary school girl, spirit wear, eccentric GoodWill finds, and more. These are great for sleeping and lounging on your own, but if you want to seem put together? Not so much. Here you’re going to need to embrace the darkness. Invest in blacks, babes. Leggings and sweaters and tees that match effortlessly. It seems intentional, even. Edgy or minimalistic or artsy or goth, however you want to style your styleless stuff is up to you.
Bold Everyday Accessories
For the past week, my hair has mainly existed in ponytail form and I’ve only applied makeup on one occasion. And yet, somehow, every time I look in the mirror my face seems fairly camera ready. Why is that? It’s because I have glasses. Big, dark, plastic glasses. They are so bold, they’re essentially face architecture. They help me to look put together at a moment’s notice AND they communicate a look, that of the artsy writer. While I think that glasses are the easiest accessory for delivering this kind of aesthetic overhaul, really any statement piece will do. You just need to find the right piece for you, one that works for everyday wear. Maybe it’s a large fur hat, maybe door-knocker earrings, maybe even a collection of headbands circa Blair Waldorf. The world is your Claire’s, so go shopping. (Literally and figuratively).
UFPs (Or Unidentified Fabric Pieces)
Here’s one of the phrases that I’ve been hearing a lot lately, “I love your...shirt? Dress? What is that exactly?” Um, exactly. No one is going to judge your outfit if they can’t even tell what it is. They’ll just take it at face value. If the aesthetic makes them smile and they can’t make a solid claim that it’s not a real dress, then it’s a real dress. Even if it’s just an XXL men’s tank that you bought because it would show off your rib tattoo. Doesn’t matter. I love UFPs. I have a ton of giant T-shirts that could be tunics or dresses. Nobody knows, technically, and that’s good enough for me. As an exercise, try creating the most enigmatic ensemble that you can. If it makes you happy, it’s a keeper!
Lipstick Is EVERYTHING
I love beating my face as much as the next queen. Contouring is an art form and it should be appreciated at the appropriate times. But when you just want to look presentable, you only need one kind of shellac: Lipstick. I think of lipstick as a cure-all. It brightens your day, brightens your face, makes you seem more dressed up, and comes in so many fun colors. If you need to look like a real person wearing real clothes, lipstick is the perfect finishing touch. And please, go bold. Get adventurous! Try colors that are usually reserved for Pinterest, Instagram, and Rihanna! Life is dulled when you take yourself too seriously. People who have fun live longer, and people who wear lip color are immortal. At least, their pics are.
Lipstick long and prosper.