Dressing up is good for the soul


Photo Credit: photo by Christia Assa used with permission

Putting together an outfit gives joy to some people, but not everyone.

By: Alexa Leviten, Managing Editor & Public Relations

Throughout this past year, many people have switched to working remotely. Some people simply get out of bed, walk 10 steps to their desk and log on to school or work.

Debate to whether dressing up better or worse

It comes to a debate whether people like this new idea of not having to get dressed or if they hate that they can’t put their nice outfits to use.  Some people prefer to put on makeup and a nice outfit just to go out to the store. Others may just want to stay comfortable and put on a sweatshirt and sweatpants. Getting dressed up isn’t always to impress others, but instead, to make oneself feel good and accomplished.

Personally, besides actually liking fashion, I also use clothes to express or hide my emotions. Sometimes I will dress up nicer to hide the fact that I feel a bit sad. Other times I dress up to express how confident and happy I feel. When I wear clothes that make me feel good, I also feel more empowered and more put together. If I constantly wear sweatpants, I feel comfortable, but also tired, lazy, and less motivated to do things.

Also, not to sound too high or cocky of myself, but I just like feeling good in my own skin and knowing that I look good as well. Again, I strictly do it for myself and only myself. I don’t care to impress others, I just like putting together outfits and trying to improve my style.

Making an outfit complete

I am not much of a makeup person, so a way I like to complete an outfit is by adding accessories. Some things you can do this with are jewelry, belts, sunglasses, or a handbag. Another way to look like you put more effort into something is to style your hair.

I feel that jewelry has also come into play so much more now when styling and completing an outfit. Besides spending time to think of an outfit to put together, I also now take time to figure out what necklace, earrings, bracelets, or rings to wear. The little details really do make everything come together.

Diverse style options

There are a lot of different types of styles or “aesthetics” out there and there are a few that I like wearing. The names of some of these styles got made up by Generation Z I’m pretty sure. Some styles are called streetwear, kidcore, soft girl, e-girl, grunge, and a few others.

Recently, my style has been a balance between comfortable, but still fashionable. Looser and more baggy pants have been a big trend recently. Usually, they can be matched with a loose t-shirt or a tighter top. Sometimes even with a loose jacket over that for a more relaxed look. Honestly, in 2021 I feel that even though fashion trends still are impacted because of social media, fashion has also become more personalized. Even though not everyone is going back to school in person, when we do, hopefully everyone will feel more confident in dressing the way they want to.