Happy New Year, geeks! Welcome to 2014. We've only been here for 3 days, and I already need some feedback. You see, I'm starting to worry that my New Year's Resolution sucks. I only made just one, as opposed to last year (FAIL), and well... I'm afraid it might make me a hypocrite.
In 2014, I'm resolving to buy more clothes. NOW HOLD ON, halt your judgment for a moment and hear me out. I'm not just buying clothes for the sake of it. I want to more frequently dress like the self I imagine in my head. Does that make sense? Is this even a thing other people worry about?
This issue started because of my job. I wear jeans and a corporate t-shirt at work. Too often, I come home and just leave those things on. If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll change from my work t-shirt into a different t-shirt, but the jeans stay. I even leave the jeans on in the summer, long after it's 100 degrees and all sane people have taken their pants off. Yes, folks- it has gotten bad!
This wouldn't be a problem if I loved these clothes, but I don't. Sure, I'm a big fan of my Teefury and Woot shirts- the "Adopt a Tribble" one is my favorite. I love dresses, though, too. I love lace-up boots. I love statement jewelry. I love arm warmers, button-up shirts, shabby-chic skirts... Yet, if you asked my friends, they'd say I was a "jeans and t-shirt kind of girl." No. No, no, no.
I started off my resolution by buying this dress. I wore it to the ChicagoNow Christmas party, in fact, and felt like a boss. I was super-confident. I was ME. When I have a little money to spare, my next prospect is this one. I'm not only dressing for personality, but for quality of construction. Those 10-dollar t-shirts I'm addicted to are tissue-thin, shrink, and fade. My new clothes are going to last.
Here's why I'm writing this, though- my New Year's Resolution has gotten mixed reviews. Some people totally get it. Others have flat-out scolded me. I've been told that clothing is a frivolous luxury item, and a waste of precious money. Perhaps more striking was the assertion that, by focusing on my physical appearance, I am detracting from other positive qualities- intelligence, humor, writing ability, etc.
I'm starting to see some legitimacy in the nay-saying. I believe that women in this country are judged too harshly and too often on their outward appearances. I try not to tell little girls that they are pretty; I strive for "smart," "creative," and other, more inward descriptors.
Am I a hypocrite for wanting to look "better" on the outside? Or, can someone effectively show who they are on the inside through their fashion choices?
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