Dressing Properly for the Day

I have been wearing raggedy clothes nonstop for the past few weeks.

It’s not that I don’t want to dress nicely; I don’t want to destroy any of my clothes. I find it necessary to dress in a way that allows me to move comfortably and unrestricted. As you know, we’ve been doing a lot of dirty work in and on the house.

Do you know what I’ve discovered? It really dampens my spirit when I don’t get “dressed up”—or at least dressed normally—at some point during the week. I’m trying to set aside a time each week to get dressed up in one of my dresses and go out to run errands.

Usually on Sundays, I dress up a bit for church. Last Sunday, we had to run errands and we planned on working out at the house for a while. So, I just brought a change of clothes with me.

I still do my make-up every day, but I’ve been throwing my hair up in a simple ponytail. Does anybody have any suggestions for ways to dress up a basic ponytail? It must be a hairstyle that will stay in place while I’m working, and is very quick to do. Even though I’ll still be dressed in work clothes, at least part of me will look “put together.”

Hmm…this makes me want to write a blog post about some quick and easy hairstyles. Perhaps in the next few days.

I know that some feel you must dress your best every day, no matter what the day holds. My feeling is that it’s silly and inappropriate to dress up to do the type of work we’re doing each day. How do you feel about dressing for the task/day ahead?

  1. Angie

    June 27, 2011 at 10:42 am


    I suspect i found her blog thru the same place i found yours- sewretro. At any rate, braids are nice because they could last longer than a day, if your hair tends to hold a braid.

    I have rather long hair, and nearly always wear it in a bun. It holds well, and it takes me all of 15 seconds to re-do it, if it begins to fall. You would not believe the compliments i get on it, mostly because of the hair clips i use. (i get them for $1 apiece at the grocery store, but here’s what they look like)
    They’re probly a little big for your hair, but i find a bun to be easy, quick, and rather elegant looking. A french twist could be fast too- just don’t do all the backcombing, just twist it around and use a half dozen bobby pins.

    I don’t mean to be commenting all the time, but i’m repainting and putting in a fireplace, and doing stuff to our new house too, so i’ve got more to say now.

    1. Becca

      June 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Oh, cool. I wish I could do braids more often, but they tend to take me more time than normal. I’m growing my hair out, but it’s still fairly short and it has lots of layers in it. French braids work best for containing the layers. I did do double french braids in a half-up, half-down style the other day when I had extra time.

      I can’t quite manage one bun yet, but I tried several smaller, low buns the other day. It worked pretty well. I’ll post some pictures later this week.

      Please, keep commenting. I LOVE it! I really appreciate your taking the time to do so. I’d always like to hear about your experiences while working on your house. I love to learn from others. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know it all. 🙂

  2. Lauren

    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    i know what you mean – i feel so shlumpy when i dress shlumpy. one thing that has really helped me is wearing fitted clothes – as opposed to old, baggy tshirts – in bright colors. i will absolutely go to the thrift store & buy pretty-ish old stuff to wear for dying my hair/cleaning the bathroom/painting/whatever. wearing make-up helps. as far as your hair, have you considered wearing it up in pigtails? that might be a little too cutesy for you, but i love pigtails haha. you can tie bows around them, or stick a flower behind your ear, and it keeps the hair out of your face but still looks presentable 🙂

    love seeing the progress on your house! y’all have done a LOT in such a short amount of time!

    1. Becca

      June 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Lauren, I find that wearing more fitted clothes helps me too. Although, when dyeing my hair, I still have a huge, down-to-my-knees-t-shirt that I wear. 🙂 You are right that I’m not much of a pigtail girl, though I was at one time. I will do variation on pigtails, like double french braid pigtails. I will have to start putting bows or flowers in my hair. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, and for your suggestions.

  3. Cindy

    June 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Hmm I feel like you on dressing appropriately for the occasion. I’m still in undergrad and I help coach a sports team so I’m usually sporting Adidas, Nike, NB, Brooks, or whatever….almost all the time. LOL. Not the hottest thing to be wearing when you go out, but I find that I don’t really care as much if I’m with friends.

    I do dress up a good bit too even though I’m more often seen in active wear. I feel it just matters. I’m not going to wear a nice pair of dress shorts and a blouse to paint the house or move furniture. I will wear a sundress or a skirt and silk top to a graduation or to church. I think in general that dressing up everyday gives off the wrong idea. I use it as an expression of “Oh, I care about what we’re doing right now” rather than “I’m really comfy around you so I’m in shorts and a Chemical Society T-shirt”. Hahaha xD

    I wouldn’t worry about the slumpy dressing unless it is making you feel down. I frequently put together outfits late at night so that when I do have a special occasion or church or a nice date with the girlfriends or my boyfriend then I’ll have something already picked out in my head that I know that works. Maybe that’ll help you to know a tried and true outfit idea for your nicer days? 🙂

    P.S. – Sorry this is long! xD

    1. Becca

      June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Thanks for your thoughts, I really appreciate it! I agree. If you dress up no matter what you’re doing, it gives off the wrong idea. There are days when I will wear exercise clothing most of the day, because I’ll plan to exercise early on and it gets pushed later and later in the day. 😉 Though, if I’m going out, I usually won’t wear my workout clothes.

      I do have a few “go-to” outfits that I will choose on days when I have the opportunity to dress up. It provides a way to get ready to go quickly when needed.

  4. Anita

    June 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I most certainly dress down for grunt work, and I alternate between business casual and dressy during the week. My favorite way to dress up my hair is with a silk flower. I buy silk bunches at the craft store when they’re on sale to make my own.
    To keep my long wavy hair out of my face, I usually pull it back in a pony tail then twist it into a bun. From there I’ll take a single silk flower either with a stem to push into the base of the bun or the kind that I’ve attached a clip to, and place it wherever I want it and I’m done. It dresses up the most basic outfit while looking fresh and elegant without being ostentatious and I get so many complements.

    1. Becca

      June 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

      A silk flower sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to peruse the craft store soon. I’m still growing my hair out. Hopefully, soon, it’ll be easy to keep it in place with a bun. Btw, your hair sounds beautiful. I’ve always wished I had long and wavy hair. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate your comment.

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