How to Look Good in Leggings: A Beginner’s Guide

Daaaaamn, Fledglings. I went to pull up some lame memes or e-cards about leggings, and I ended up buried under a pile of Other People’s Judgment. “Oh these Millennials, wearing leggings as pants! No wonder they don’t have jobs!” “Hey Fatty, stop wearing things that remind other people how fat you are!” Half of them were just sneaky photos of women with VPL’s (Visible Panty Lines) on the subway or sidewalk.

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This was literally the nicest one I could find.

I don’t have any kind of time for that business. Whoever made these memes needs a new hobby that’s not ‘Judging Women’s Clothing Choices.’ If I want to wear leggings and a t-shirt to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, every last one of the people I encounter can shut right on up about it. Maybe I’m not interested in making you think I look good right then. Maybe I just need yogurt, and maybe Mr. McJudgy in the check-out line can get over it.

Now, work is a different story, because we do need people to think we look put-together and professional at work, so the way to wear leggings at work is, sadly, not the same way we wear leggings for a mid-Netflix Chipotle run. Also, if you remember from last week’s post, wearing your weekend leggings at work could put you in the way of your HR department, and nobody needs that.

So how do we, the haters of structured waistbands, sport our beloved leggings at work while still looking like we’re, y’know, at work? Never fear, I have some basic rules you can follow to keep comfy and look profesh:

  1. Wear Your Good Leggings to Work. Threadbare leggings with unraveled hems and holes in the crotch are your weekend leggings, not your work leggings. Also, leggings with kittens or galaxies or comic book characters on them are your weekend leggings. Sorry about that. My favorite leggings are from Old Navy. Theirs are sturdier than any others I’ve found, they have a wider waistband than some others so they’re a more comfortable option, and they cost Twelve Dollars. You could buy a pair for every day of the week at that cost. And they rotate different prints and colors through, so drop in regularly to see what they come out with and replenish your stock as your old ones start looking worn.
  2. Solids and Subtle Patterns are Better for Work. Plain black leggings can be mistaken for tights, and that’s a good con to run at the office. Also, solid leggings or ones with a small or subtle pattern (think small dots, thinner stripes, or a mottled pattern) are going to match more of your existing work clothes, so you’re getting more versatility and year-round use out of those $12 leggings, and who doesn’t want to have more outfits for fewer dollars?
  3. Cover Your Booty. Like I said, running to grab a coffee or heading to a friend’s house for a Golden Girl’s marathon is a perfectly-fine time to wear a regular old t-shirt and leggings. But at work, butts squeezed into leggings are not what people need to be seeing. Whatever you wear on top of the leggings, it needs to come down past your butt enough that you can bend or crouch without showing off your crotch. The upside here is that you can put your leggings under things like mini skirts, short dresses, and tunic tops to make your weekend wear work-appropriate and get you through the steamy summer months without sweating to death in slacks. Use the leggings to your advantage!
  4. Use Leggings to Add Warmth. One of the many reasons leggings are great is that they’re warm and cozy. If your office is cold, or it’s winter and you’re hating the idea of shelving all your swingy skirts and dresses, put some leggings under them! Better yet, leggings and boots. You’ve got a great cool-weather look with clothes you were wearing in the heat of summer.
  5. Don’t Forget Your Cardigans. If you’ve got a top/leggings combo you love, but it really does show too much booty for work, don’t overlook that stash of cardigans in your closet! Throw a butt-covering cardi over your top and leggings, and you’re all set for a work day that doesn’t include stares from Awkward Jim in Purchasing.

If you add leggings to your existing work clothes – you know, the ones that fit properly, meet the office dress code, and work with your budget – you won’t ever have to worry about accidentally making a work-fashion faux pas, and you can still wear your favorite wardrobe staple to your 8-5.

Next week, we talk shoes! Good work shoes don’t have to suck, either budget- or comfort-wise, and a good pair of shoes can take you from ‘dressed for work’ to ‘dressed like a boss.’

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Building a Work Wardrobe

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If you work in an office, odds are the words ‘business casual’ are somewhere in your employee handbook. But what on earth does that mean, and how do I apply that to my shopping excursions? It’s a lot, I know. For perspective, it’s also a lot to manage on the HR side of things. One of the best lines from that article*, written a few years ago by an employment law attorney, is this, and I suggest you take it to heart as you go shopping for work clothes:

Employees really don’t have any legal right to self-expression in their appearance. Employers can impose dress and grooming standards and, so long as the rules are enforced consistently, require adherence as a condition of employment.

When they say ‘condition of employment,’ what they mean is ‘if you want to work here you have to do this thing.’ If you read the rest of the article, it’s largely about legal exceptions for religious, race, or gender-related reasons. If you have to dress or groom a certain way because of a medical condition or in order to adhere to your religious tenets, you can usually get a pass on parts of a company’s dress code if you run it by HR. Sadly, ‘Pants and shoes totally cramp my style, man’ is not a legal exception to following the dress code.

Now that I’ve bummed you all out, let me give you some hope: there are lots of ways to have fun with your clothes within a business casual dress code. You can absolutely put together an affordable, appropriate, comfortable, and beneficial work wardrobe for yourself, so that you enjoy getting ready for work each day.

And hey, you can always save your sequins and snake print and stilettos for non-work hours.

  1. Pants or skirts? You decide. Nowhere in a business casual dress code does it say that a female employee is required to wear a skirt – in fact, it would be illegal to put that in a company policy under most circumstances. You’re allowed to wear pants if you don’t like skirts. Just make sure they fit properly (no sagging butts or underwear showing), that they’re of nicer material (most business-casual companies don’t allow jeans), and that they’re well taken care of – get them hemmed if you’ve walked on the heels and frayed the fabric. It may take some looking, but you can even find dress slacks with pockets.
  2. If you choose skirts, choose a good length. There’s very little more embarrassing than accidentally flashing your cube-mate when you sit down, or trying to somehow scootch closer to the floor to pick something up without your underwear saying hi to the break room. Since I have long legs, I prefer my skirts to be knee-length or maxi skirts, and if they’re any shorter, I put tights or leggings under them. I work with college students, so I don’t want them coming into my office just to stare at my gams. I feel like that’s one of those ‘HR nastygram’ situations I mentioned last week. Just remember the FBAT (Fashion Bird Acceptability Test) and go for skirts that are appropriate for what you’re doing all day, and comfortable to wear for nine hours.
  3. Add color with your top. Nobody likes to feel frumpy at work, or like they have to hide who they are. If you’re a brighter personality, solid bottoms in neutral colors can be paired with bright, colorful tops to stay work-appropriate but not look boring. You can also add an infinity scarf or some statement jewelry to jazz up a muted color palette. Unless your work requires dark neutrals, don’t feel like you have to be boring to be work appropriate – just make sure your top is going to stay properly in place all day, much like you did with your skirts. Those infinity scarves can also help you out if your top has a really low neckline that may not fly at the office.
  4. Cardigans. No, seriously. Let’s face it, your office is probably cold. I know mine is. You can add warmth and professionalism at the same time by throwing a cardigan on over a work outfit. It can even dress up a plain old v-neck t-shirt, and you can wear tank tops or shells under them in the summer to stay cooler but still meet dress code. If you’re the shy or self-conscious type, wrapping up in a soft, oversized cardigan at work can help you feel a little more secure, and less like everyone’s staring at your figure, but without you bringing that dirty hoodie in to work (please don’t do that). There is very little more versatile than a good cardigan, and I recommend them for every lady’s business-casual closet. I own about ten of them, myself, but you can start with one or two in solid colors that you love and build up from there. Why solids? They’re more likely to match whatever outfit you’re wearing that day.
  5. Buy enough clothes to make it to laundry day. There’s likely something in your work dress code about grooming standards, and there’s likely something in the grooming standards about clothes not being wrinkled, stained, or torn. So if you spill your afternoon flat white on one of your three pairs of work pants on Monday, what are you gonna do? Do a load of laundry in the middle of the week? Come on, now. You need enough clothes to last your standard work week, so you’re not having to do chores after you get home from a hard day’s grind. Let’s assume you work five days a week. Assuming you do laundry once a week, that means you would need five bottoms, at least five tops, and two cardigans like I mentioned above. That’s enough for one work week, but if you pushed it to ten tops and kept everything else the same, you’d have a good, streamlined work wardrobe that you could mix up from week to week. If you make sure all the tops match all the bottoms (again, try solid-print and neutral-colored bottoms and bright/patterned tops), then you’ll save time and hassle when you pick an outfit: grab a top, grab a bottom, get dressed!

The main thing I want you to take away from this, aside from the links to really cheap clothing, is that your dress code doesn’t have to feel confining. Yes, you should make sure your clothes are clean and fit properly and aren’t going to cause you wardrobe-malfunction-related shame. But whatever your style is, find things in your preferred color scheme and design that fit those dress code rules, and make the choice to wear what you like within the dress code. Don’t settle for ill-fitting clothes that make you feel ugly or uncomfortable just because they pass work muster – that’s no way to spend 40 hours a week.

Tune in next week, where I delve into how to style leggings for a business casual office! Spoiler: you don’t wear them in place of pants.

 

*I’m aware that the article contains some language that comes off as ignorant toward transpeople, and I think that sucks. Please bear in mind, though, that the article is from 2011, and give the author the benefit of the doubt – she was likely using the best language she had available at the time. Thankfully, we’ve got better linguistic guidelines nowadays.

Review – Tatcha’s Sunrise: A Plum Blossom Lipstick

We interrupt your regular weekend-ly work fashion advice to bring you a product review!

Let’s be clear: Tatcha is not paying me to review their products (although if they want to talk advertising, by all means, check my About page and send me an e-mail, Tatcha). This is a brand-new blog, I don’t have much exposure or any advertisers yet, so I’m hoping that this product review is 1) Helpful to my readers, 2) A good writing exercise, and 3) Gets the page some views. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

As soon as I started researching Korean skincare routines, my Facebook suggested the Tatcha page. Tatcha is a California-based company that sources Japanese skincare and beauty products. That’s still creepy, Facebook. We’ve discussed this.

But for once, those stalker-y Facebook suggestions worked in my favor, because I took a look at Tatcha’s page and immediately fell in love. Real talk: if you tell me Geisha wear this makeup, I’m going to buy it. It’s my kryptonite, and judging from how quickly this lipstick is selling out, I’m not alone in the ‘white ladies obsessed with Asian beauty’ camp.

Sunrise: A Plum Blossom is a limited-edition lipstick for 2016. As of writing this, they only had 500 left, and in some of the reviews, I saw that individual customers had bought two so they had a backup when they ran out. This stuff is hella popular.

I had some extra cash on hand, so I decided to treat myself to a fancy new lipstick for spring. Considering I don’t wear makeup at all on a normal day, and have only recently started putting on tinted chapstick in the mornings, I figured I could afford to splurge on the one piece of makeup I’m likely to use more than twice a year.

Tatcha has free shipping on all orders (nice), and they let you pick three product samples that they throw in as well. I picked their deep brightening serum, soothing silk body butter, and pore perfecting sunscreen.

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Oooh, samples.

Before I get to the lipstick, let me tell you that the samples I got were excellent. The serum left my skin feeling soft and lovely, the body butter had my hands and arms feeling amazing the next morning (the blue color goes away when you rub it into your skin, don’t worry), and I’m considering buying a travel-sized tube of the sunscreen before we go to Hawaii this summer. It’s a little heavier than what I use daily on my oily skin, but if I’m going to be on the beach all day, better go big or go home. My fair- and dry-skinned Fledglings will love this sunscreen, because it’s a great moisturizer. That sample was big enough I had to put a normal amount of sunscreen on my face and then rub the rest into my hands and arms, and that is in no way a complaint. The makeup certainly is not the only star of the Tatcha show.

So here’s the lipstick. How amazingly good is their packaging? Every inch of it feels high-end; you can tell they spent some time on designing it. The actual lipstick tube is HEAVY, like, unexpectedly so. That makes me feel good, because my ungainly self is prone to breaking things, but this lipstick does not feel like it’s going to break in my bag, and that puts my mind at ease.

I put the lipstick on after doing my normal skincare routine Sunday morning, which includes swiping on some chapstick – that wore off a bit when I had my morning smoothie, so my lips were moisturized but not shiny when I put the lipstick on.

Left: inside my poorly-lit bathroom. Right: Inside my better-lit car.

Dat gloss doe! When the ad said that the lipstick has gold in it to give your lips a shine, I thought, “Okay, sure…” But no, my lips were really shiny with this lipstick on. It’s not sticky, it doesn’t dry my lips out and make them flake up, and it looked great all morning. It wears off only a little less than normal lipstick, so it’s not a stain that you can do in the morning and not reapply after eating, but it didn’t go away entirely or get patchy, so I’d say it lasts fairly well and doesn’t require constant freshening. If I wore it to work, I’d apply it once in the morning and once after lunch.

I adore this color. I’m not wearing any other makeup in the above photos – no concealer, no powder, nada – but the little bit of rich color pulls my look together and makes me feel extra-pretty. It’s hard to rock a really bold lip color every single day. It’s actually a little exhausting for me, because I can’t be ON all week. This color is pretty enough to wear every day without it feeling like Too Much Look on those days when you’re not up to trotting out your power color. Sunrise: A Plum Blossom and I are going to see quite a bit of each other through spring and summer.

Now, I can tell you’re thinking, “Fashion Bird, why on earth would I buy a $55 lipstick, no matter how great it looks and feels?”

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They’re SUPER nice, for starters.

 

I get it, Fashion Fledglings, I really do. This is a luxury line of products for most of us. But there is absolutely a time and place for luxury beauty products. Maybe you just got a fat bonus at work and it’s time to celebrate. Maybe your tax refund came in, and you want to buy yourself a present before you send the rest to your student loan companies. Maybe you’re getting married and you want to get your bridesmaids a nice gift, or you’re having a baby and people are asking what they can get YOU – not the baby – as a present that would make you feel great. I can see that indigo body butter doing a real number on some stretch marks.

Is your partner frequently at a loss as to what kind of gifts you want? This is a good link to send – Tatcha products are cheaper than jewelry or plane tickets, people, so you’re actually doing your beloved a favor by making a clear suggestion of nice gifts you like and would use every day, but that are still within the ‘reasonable’ range for gift prices.

As Donna so wisely told us on Parks and Rec – Treat Yo’Self! Tatcha is a great brand, their delivery times are excellent, the company is customer-focused, and you get free shipping and samples. They put in the work to make sure you don’t have buyer’s remorse, even at their boutique prices. Trust your Fashion Bird; I feel like way more than 55 bucks when I wear this lipstick.

Let’s Talk Professionalism

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A lot of my fashion problems, and a lot of the ones I hear from my friends, revolve around dressing well for work. There’s a dress code, but you want to be comfortable, girl clothes don’t have pockets, and what exactly are the rules we should be following when we dress for work? How much money is a reasonable amount to spend on work clothes when I literally just got this job and haven’t been paid yet? The whole thing can get overwhelming, and for a while I actually avoided office jobs because it was easier than trying to figure out how to dress properly for that venue.

Eventually, though, I dug into some internet research, and with the help of Google and some fantastic female bosses who were able to give me pointers, I figured out a closet-worth of work clothes that didn’t cost me a year’s income, that are comfortable as well as flattering, and that don’t get me nasty-grams from Human Resources.

I’m going to reference the book Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel quite a bit in this blog. It’s one of those books that changed my life, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Some of her points are not universally applicable, and some of them are open to debate, but overall, I really like what she has to say, and I’m going to tie my suggestions back to her suggestions fairly often. Her thesis for the book is that, as little girls, we are taught to be ‘cute,’ and ‘endearing,’ and ‘sweet,’ and those qualities are great in a child. But what about a businesswoman? Are those qualities beneficial to the career of a successful female in the working world? Probably not, honestly. And yet, we’re never told how to make that transition from childish/girlish to womanly/professional, so we carry a lot of our learned traits from girlhood into the office with us, and oftentimes it sets us back in the ‘people taking us seriously’ department. Let’s face it, we all have That Lady in the office who dresses like the high-school head cheerleader, but she’s 45 and it kind of looks ridiculous on her, especially when she tries to pull the ‘Oh, blonde moment!’ thing to excuse her screw-ups. Fashion Fledglings, we are better than this, and I don’t EVER want to hear about you saying ‘blonde moment!’ or blaming your period when you make a work mistake. You may indeed be distracted by a raging case of PMS, but that is none of your office’s business.

Here some general guidelines that will help you navigate the weird world of work fashion.

  1. Read your HR manual. I guarantee that if you work for a company with more than 50 employees, they have a handbook that spells out exactly what you’re supposed to wear. Some places have a color scheme you need to follow, some places give specific examples of what’s acceptable, and some just say ‘business casual‘ or ‘business professional.’ Do some research on your own to get a good idea of what those terms mean, and if in doubt, just ask your HR representative. They’ll likely be happy to run it down for you, because you’re showing them you WANT to follow the rules. That’s going to do good things for you come annual review time.
  2. Look around. What’s everyone else wearing? Specifically, what’s your boss wearing? If you’re wanting to move up in the company, it behooves you to dress like the people who already have moved up. Don’t fall into the trap of dressing like the people at the same level as you, only to realize that they gave up a long time ago and are currently dressed in I-don’t-give-a-crap casual. Those guys aren’t going anywhere, and you don’t want management to lump you in with them.
  3. Err on the conservative side. It’s better to overdress and tone it down later, than to under-dress, get a note from HR or your boss, then have to spend time undoing that screw-up and getting over the ensuing embarrassment. If you look in the mirror and go, “Is this too revealing for work?” You just answered your own question – put on a cardigan and some leggings to cover some skin. Also, your office is probably cold, so you’re really doing yourself a favor here.
  4. Comfort over fashion. If you work in fashion, I highly doubt you’re reading this blog (although if you are, sorry about all the mirror selfies, I’m poor). Since you probably don’t work in fashion, you don’t need to wear the latest weird, not-machine-washable trend. You’ve got work to do, and your clothes shouldn’t get in the way of that. Make sure you can sit/stand for a while in your work clothes without having to adjust them all the time. Make sure they fit properly so you’re not having to tug at them all day. Make sure you’re warm/cool enough for your office temperature. Make sure you’re not at risk of an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction if you have to pick something up off the floor. Make sure your shoes don’t make your feet hurt or put you at risk of tumbling down a flight of stairs. If you’re able to focus on your work and not on what your clothes are doing, you’ll have a better chance of managing your workload and being taken seriously.
  5. Don’t play the martyr. Attitude is everything – if you feel good, you will look good. So don’t sneer and grudge all over your work clothes just because you have to find things that are long enough for your long legs or that cover up your DD’s without making you look frumpy. We all have dress codes, and bucking those dress codes will A) make you look silly, and B) possibly get you in trouble at work, neither of which makes for a good work day. You can go all-out after 5:00 and wear those sequins and rock that mini skirt and just own it, but baby, you’re at work to WORK, not to pick up dates (please don’t pick up dates at work, it’s such a horrible idea). So sit down with yourself, think through the reasons you’re resenting your work clothes, and find a way to work through them. Are they uncomfortable because you need to buy different sizes? Do you secretly hate your job and want a new one, and the dress code is just representing how trapped you feel there? Talk with someone who knows you well, and get their take on why you hate wearing work clothes, then do what you can to find pieces that make you feel good about showing up every day. Who knows? A change in wardrobe might just make you feel better about your job.

Stay tuned, because next week I’m going to dig into this whole ‘work-appropriate clothing’ thing with concrete suggestions for clothes to fold into your work wardrobe in order to make it easier to get out the door in the morning while still feeling good about how you look. In the meantime, I want you to assess your own closet, and compare your work clothes to the five guidelines I’ve listed above. Think over the clothes you’re wearing to work, and toss/donate/replace/keep things according to how well they fit the guidelines. Remember: if all you have in your closet are clothes that fit you and make you happy, you’re never going to feel out-of-sorts about your outfit.

The Point of All This

If you’d asked me to list off the types of writing projects I wanted to do, I’m pretty sure ‘Fashion and Beauty Blog’ would never make the list. And yet, here I am, filled with opinions and experience and hoping that makes up for my complete lack of expertise.

So basically, I’m approaching this project the same way I approach every job interview I’ve ever been to. Whether or not that’s a promising thing, I’ll leave for my readers to decide.

In the way of qualifications, I have worn clothes on many previous occasions, and I’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada an embarrassing number of times. Stanley Tucci has a good point in that movie when he says that fashion is the greatest form of art, because we live our lives in it. And yet, I spent the first 25 years of my life avoiding the world of fashion and mostly looking like a homeless backpacker, partly out of necessity – growing up poor means you don’t generally get to ‘pick’ your clothes, so much as you get to ‘be thankful someone gave you clothes’ – but then in college I went through this period of rebellion where I was convinced that looking feminine somehow meant I was shallow, vain, and wasting my time on a bunch of pointless crap. I was so very, very sure that if I just continued wearing nothing but cargos and shelf-bra tank tops, eventually I would figure out how to be seen as someone smart and capable and educated whilst also looking like I’d just climbed out of a redwood.

What actually happened wasn’t that my homeless-backpacker-chic trend set me back in life. No, it was more that my rebellious attitude toward work-appropriate clothing just shined through in everything I did. I wasn’t buying work clothes that made me happy, because I didn’t think I should have to wear certain clothes to work in an office and talk to customers every day. So every time I showed up to my job as a receptionist or other office-monkey, I would invariably give off this vibe that I hated how I looked, which sort of translated to a general negative attitude that I’m sure contributed to all those bouts of unemployment I had in the first few years after college. Pro tip: if you’ve got a job during the worst recession the country has seen since that notable one in the 1930’s, you’re not the one in charge of that situation, and you don’t get to make the rules. Feel free to pour yourself some nice vodka to help you wash that down; I know it’s a damned unpleasant bite of reality.

Paradoxically enough, I started getting more interested in how I looked after my life got more stable. I’d found an industry I liked working in, and I felt like I fit in there, and only then did I really start wanting to play around with my clothing choices and see how those choices affected other people’s view of me. It definitely helped that my bills were paid to the point that I wasn’t constantly doing head-math to figure out if I could afford to grab a beer with friends that night. Having just a little spending cash that you don’t feel guilty about using for clothes, opens up a whole world of options.

So now that I’ve spent some time and effort on my clothes, and on my skin care and hair, I’ve come to some realizations about fashion, specifically about how to sort out a fashion and beauty situation that actually works to a person’s benefit, rather than feeling like just another chore on the to-do list.

Good fashion needs to have four basic qualities to pass the Fashion Bird Acceptability Test (FBAT):

Affordable – Your look should match your budget. You don’t have four hundred dollars to spend on a pair of shoes? Well, thank God for that, because neither do I, so you’ve definitely found the right blog. Whatever your bank account looks like, be realistic and spend wisely on your clothing. A lot of the industry makes fashion out to be frivolous, but to get the most value out of your clothes, it needs to be the opposite of that and be useful and long-lasting.

Appropriate – I’m not talking about modesty here, I mean your clothing needs to be appropriate for the places you intend to wear said clothing. Do you live in a cold, rainy climate? Maybe not so much with the short-shorts and tank tops, unless you’re doing some cool layering there. Do you walk to work? Maybe opt for flats instead of stilettos, so you don’t fall on your face. Do you work with children? Maybe dress more conservatively than if you worked for an ad agency, and wear stuff that’s machine-washable. In short, look at your life and the places you wear clothes to, and buy pieces that work at those places. You’ll feel a lot more comfortable if you’re dressed for the occasion.

Comfortable – Let’s face it, if you buy clothing that itches or pinches or that you have to keep adjusting all the time, you’re not going to wear it, no matter how good it looks. If it drives you crazy to feel a cool breeze on your legs, that adorable mini skirt is not going to leave the closet more than once or twice, and on those occasions you’re going to spend the whole outing trying to scrunch it down to cover more of your poor, vulnerable legs. Why do that to yourself? More importantly, why waste money on something you don’t like wearing? You’re the grownup now, which means you get to decide what you wear. Even within the limitations of most work dress codes, you’ve got a lot of choices.

Beneficial – At the end of day, your clothing should benefit YOU, not the other way around. You don’t owe your clothing, or the clothing industry, or a specific store, a single, solitary thing. But you do owe it to yourself to walk out the door feeling comfortable, confident, and whatever else you want to feel about yourself that day. I’ve learned that there’s a lot of power to be had in taking charge of your wardrobe. Dressing with purpose and wearing things that make you feel like you’re killing it that day can improve your mood tremendously, and who doesn’t need that confidence boost on a regular basis? Make the choice to wear clothes that you like, and you will feel like you’re in charge of things.

I haven’t decided how often I’m going to update this thing, but I know I do want to focus on fashion with an eye toward meeting those four criteria. If you want to make your fashion work for you and not against you, there are ways to make that happen that don’t leave you feeling like you’re wearing someone else’s skin. If I, the Homeless Backpacker, could figure it out, so can you, and now I’m here to help. You got this, my Fashion Fledglings.