After writing Dressing up for Work Life Balance, the ‘fake it til you make it’ mantra rang in my ears as another method of regaining work life balance and feeling good. There is no doubt that it is helpful, and speeds up the process. Now, I haven’t recovered from recent stress yet, mainly because there is always something in the way, but dragging myself through the day and spreading negativity is not very nice to myself nor to others. So I persistently keep cutting down my workload, reminding myself to stay positive, and dressed up in lovely outfits with the hope that faking a feel-good attitude would become real sooner rather than later. This system worked for me many times before and seems to be working again this time.
During the days like this, I am very thankful that my closet is not overcrowded and is well balanced between basics and trendy items, so that no matter what I pick to wear, I look fine. When I shop for my clothes, bags, or shoes, unless I go for classic basics, I look for either bright colors that would pop up or for unusual silhouette that would catch the eye. The word I’m looking for, I think, is unexpected. This time I wore a very basic flare skirt, soft turtleneck sweater and topped them off with a trench. The fun items are pink retro sunglasses and the pompom clip, and the items I get the most complements on (usually, the element of surprise) are my red rain booties. And on a rainy day, while very delicate and classy (did you see the cute little bows in the back?!), the red color makes these booties girly, flirty, and definitely unexpected.
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Topshop skirt, sold out (similar by CeCE here)