We all have our definition of being "dressed up." To some it means putting on business style clothes and going to work. To others, dressed up might mean nice boots with jeans and a sweater or blazer for going out. Whatever your definition, we all know the feeling of combining that with our hair, nails, make-up freshly done, which makes our confidence go through the roof!
Oh what a feeling, right?
BUT... is it possible to have that same feeling when you’re rushing kids out of the house for school or work, dashing to the grocery store so you can finish dinner, or heading to the gym to for a stress relieving workout?
It is! Or at least come really close. There are a few simple things we can add to our routines to help with this, but the question you may have is, “Tonya...why bother?”
Well, I have a perspective for you to consider!
Let’s say that your goal is to finally go after that new promotion at work. One afternoon leading up to the big interview, you run into the store “just for a quick sec” and nearly run head on into, guess who? Your boss's wife. Great.
You greet her hurriedly as you think "uh oh", while taking a quick glance at your— too messy of a hair bun and old faded out yoga tee in the mirrored window. Oops.
First impressions last.
In the case above, we hope that a little grace will been given, but you never really know, right?
As an Image Professional, I am expected to look presentable more times than not and "practice what I preach." After all, I never know when I come may face to face with my next client :) Admittedly, looking the part it can be tough at times though!
I, too, have those when days I don't feel my best, my kids are in a really bad mood, or I'm just running late, etc. But I’ve tried to prepare for those inevitable days beforehand, without making things overly complicated.
Before I share, I ask that you figure out what your weak areas tend to be when pressed for time. Is it your hair or makeup routine? Or is narrowing down what to wear the problem?
Here’s a loose outline of the plan I use, specially formulated for any time I may need to get out of door (or hop on a video call!) in a jiffy:
-For Skincare and Makeup, I’ve come up with my personal "5 Minute Face.” This has especially come in handy for last minute Zoom calls lately, where I definitely don't want to show off my under eye circles, if I can help it!
But if I’m really in a pinch when heading out, I may just reach for one of my face flattering sunglasses, a cozy scarf (in fall/winter), a quick lip liner topped with gloss... and I’m DONE ;)
-For hair that won't seem to behave sometimes, my hats have come to the rescue. This works especially well in the winter when we are all wrapped up anyway! Now, I’m not talking about just any old baseball cap, but fedoras, simple caps, or wraps that reflect my style personality. (You can sometimes find great deals on things like this around late February during Winter Clearance Sales.)
Besides that, I’ve found that a shorter hair cut makes styling more time saving and a little less complicated for me, but the opposite may be true for you! Do what works for you.
-For clothes. When I'm really pressed for time but don't want to LOOK that way, I reach for three key pieces: a great pair of stretchy jeans, an EASY fitted jacket or tee in one of my WOW colors or neutrals, and comfortable flats or pull on boots. That's it. There are 2-3 styles of each that I know I can grab in a snap that look presentable and fit comfortably.
But even with a plan, RELAX and don't put too much pressure on yourself. The goal is not to look "perfect" all the time. Even celebs, some with their fleet of stylists and such, do not look show ready 24/7. Contrary to popular belief, they're human too!
So what’s your “polished and put together" plan for those inevitable hectic days —while keeping it real, of course?