Dressing When You Are Down – How Do You Fake It?

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I’m a pretty tough cookie. I can handle most of life’s problems with strength and I persevere. But sometimes, when so much is testing me, I have to give in and accept I can’t handle it all. I have to accept the feeling of being vulnerable and a good batting around from life.

These are the times that I want to stay in bed all day and wear my pajamas out in public. I know. Some people do. But I know that, just like the weather, what I wear has a huge impact on how I feel. So I have to find ways to fake it. I’m digging through my closet for something to go with jeans – something in a bold color. I realize I have nothing that will kick me out of the dumps and at least give me the costume to fake it! I need color!

How do you dress when you are in the dumps? Do you fake it till you feel it? Leave a comment. Let me know!


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1 ruchi { 10.20.11 at 7:54 am }

I try my best to fake it…but sometimes you just don’t feel it!! Color always makes me feel better….But sometimes when u are in the dumps ..nothing seems to fit right either… We just have to try to not let ourselves get in the dump in the first place..Here’s to all awesome days ahead! Loved your write-up.

2 Janey { 10.20.11 at 9:17 am }

I have a few outfits that work well when I don’t feel like going all out. High waist jeans and western wear is a staple for me. I also like sweaters and capris too, go for a little Mary Tyler Moore ala The Dick Van Dyke Show. Then I have a few new vintage-inspired dresses that have buttons down the front that aren’t too much maintenance and good for “shlumpy” days as my friends and I call these sort of days. Add a belt and brooch and it all looks great. Also, a little red lipstick will work wonders!

3 Catwalk Creative Vintage { 10.20.11 at 11:31 am }

Pattern! I go for pattern every time – and red lipstick. The brighter, the better. It works a treat. Guaranteed! :)

4 Amber { 10.20.11 at 11:51 am }

hey hey, just because your down doesn’t mean you cant style it up with some comfy clothes. I say worst case you could just walk around town in a bathrobe :D i do it all the time. Also a little funfact for the day: in San Francisco you can leave your house completely butt naked and walk around town. Yep that will catch people off guard and probably raise your self esteem. just saying :P


5 Wanda { 10.21.11 at 3:05 pm }

When down, I always turn to suits, as they require little to no thought. Garanimals for adults, as it were. Add a big vintage brooch or flower, and at least you feel pulled together on the outside. Also, when I am down, that probably means I need to get my hair done, buy shoes or new lingerie (always pick-me-ups). Leaving the house in jeans and Ugg boots simply guarantees you will run into someone (an ex-boyfriend?) from high school and regret the whole thing!

6 Sandra { 10.21.11 at 11:45 pm }

Ruchi – I like your idea of avoiding the dumps all together. What are some things you do to avoid it?

Janey – Great tips! I love vintage, high waisted jeans. So flattering.

Catwalk- Red lipstick is a must for me too!

Amber – I may have to test your theory next time I am in SF – the bathrobe I mean ; )

Wanda – I know you have some stunning suits too.

7 Cindy Eliza Vaz { 11.13.11 at 3:55 pm }

I love going glam when I’m feeling down and in the dumps. Go on out, in my little black dresses, full on make up, hair curled with rollers, fashion accessories and a pair of hot heels! It always cheers me up immensely!

8 adrina { 12.10.11 at 12:15 am }

I love this post because it is so blunt, when I am in the dumps I honestly just wear sweats. Who really cares? while although I love fashion I totally understand that there are times when you dont always need to have it together. That is the beauty of fashion it allows you to give yourself confidence and make yourself feel better. When you look good you feel good.

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