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Why You Need to Dress for Success at Home or Work..or Why I Wear Lipstick Under My Mask!

Why I Wear Lipstick Under my Mask?

The other day I took off my mask and someone yelled, “You have lipstick on, why? No one is going to see it under your mask, and it stains your mask.”

The person was right; no one is going to see my face under my mask but me! I guess that’s the point.

I did a Zoom training the other day and one of the guys gleefully told me he was wearing his pajama bottoms instead of pants. (I mean who really cares.) I’ve also read that the purchase of high heels is down 90%, is this the end for high heels?

Are high heels a thing of the past?

People work from home in their pajamas and then wear the same ones to bed. Sometimes they don’t change their clothes for days. Others can’t remember what day it is and never wash their hair or their faces! Is it possible that dressing like a slouch can mess with your productivity and yourself-esteem?  It might be downright depressing having to see yourself unshaven and in the same clothes for a week. It reminds me of the ostrich with his head in the sand. “If I can’t see it, it’s not happening.”

Why am I writing about this? From day one of the pandemic, I really had nothing to do. All training and classes were canceled. My phone stopped ringing and I basically I was alone without my customers that I love. This was before the Zoom revolution when we started doing everything online and the smart people found a way to appear interested but were sleeping.

I tried not to deviate from my exercise routine, without the gym.  I set my alarm to wake up, got out of bed, shower, and dress even though I had nowhere to go—or do.  I felt better getting dressed and swear I got more done.  I love high heels, so I started wearing them around the house. I’m afraid if I don’t wear them around, I’ll forget how to walk in them. Eventually I will have somewhere to wear those high heels. Basically, my motto is, “business as usual.”

I found this article and it sums up my feelings. “According to research conducted by Professor Karen Pine from the University of Hertfordshire in England, people admitted equating their clothes with their attitude, saying specifically that, ‘If I’m in casual clothes, I relax, but if I dress up for a meeting or special occasion, it can alter the way I walk and hold myself.’”  

Although it may seem insignificant, your choice of clothes has a lot to do with how you feel and act. If you were going to a board meeting, it’s doubtful you would show up in your pajama bottoms even if they said the dress was casual. There are still plenty of businesses out there that require jackets and ties. (Take a look at your flooring reps; many still dress up.) Let’s face it; business is business.

Although getting dressed to go to work might seem insignificant, but is it possible you will feel less productive in your pj’s ? What about yourself-esteem; you don’t see the postman with his pajama bottoms on or the UPS person? I feel better dressed up, in fact, my motto has always been, “When in doubt, overdress!” Besides, isn’t it boring to see yourself or your partner wearing pj’s all the time?

Are you having trouble sleeping? Since you’re wearing your pj’s  all the time, your body is thinking we need to be in bed. Also not sticking to a sleep schedule can mess up your biological clock. I suggest if you’re going to have a lazy day, why not wear your silk pajamas, put on some nice music, and have a good glass of wine.

I’ve read that even our pets are confused. “How come you’re not leaving, there’s too many people in the house and why are you dressed up all day for bedtime?”

Originally published in Floor Covering News, as Dress for Success, connect to Oct. 26/Nov.2, 2020, issue.

Lisbeth Calandrino is a business coach who can help you define and realize your goals and your dreams. She can be reached at [email protected] or 518.495.5380, text or call, EST.


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