Recently, when reviewing some of my pictures for various events I had someone say, “Oh my God, you wore that?” I had to glance at the images again. It was right there in living color for both of our eyes to see. Yes, I wore that. After a bit of teasing, I had to remind them how fantastic an opportunity it was. Let’s just say, they weren’t impressed.
When it comes to matters of style “impeccable” is always the best way to go. But sometimes life catches us off guard. Remember the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, when Will Smith’s character shows up to an interview mentally prepared, but without a shirt? Most of us would cringe at the thought of going through with the interview and would reschedule. I would. But he made a lasting, and favorable, impression by showing up.
There are always people who can say what they would never do (you wore the green shoe? Gasp!). And if they choose to miss out on opportunities because they left their lipstick at home, or they packed the wrong shoe (especially, the green one)…well, that’s their choice. It’s a way to live. It’s just not mine. Sometimes in life you just have to go for it. And when you do, here’s a few tips to help you make the best of it.
Scenario: It’s a weekend trip and you left your makeup bag at home. Will you avoid cameras and sit in the back of the room?
Go For It: So you don’t have your primer, foundation, shadow, etc. Most makeup artist agree that if there’s one thing you shouldn’t leave home without it’s mascara. A touch of mascara and lipstick goes a long way. If you don’t have it in your purse, you can find something that works at a local CVS without breaking your budget.
Scenario: It’s the wind, the rain, the humidity…no, it’s a bad hair day.
Go For It: A safety pin and a coated rubber band can turn a bad hair moment into a head-turning style. From a cute curly puff, to a sleek chignon, or a classic twist-the possibilities are endless.
Scenario: Wardrobe malfunction, lost luggage, or a delayed flight-take your pick.
Go For It: All kinds of things happen when we have a big event or we travel.
- Keep an ER kit for your clothes handy. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. A safety pin and thread can often remedy major problems.
- If you’re flying on business, always dress as if you’re going straight from baggage claim to the boardroom. Just in case there’s a delay or a baggage mix up.
- A pashmina can transform an outfit from casual to ballroom, as can other accessories. Pack a few extra pieces to turn a casual favorite into something special.
Scenario: It’s a fantastic opportunity but I feel under dressed and unprepared. I don’t think I should go.
Go For It: My favorite scene from the comedy, Barbershop, is when one of the barbers needs advice on how to win the heart of the only woman in the shop. After the barber rattles off a list of traits he doesn’t posess, Michael Ealy’s character responds, “Confidence is what gets you over.”
The same is true with all of us. Whether we’re looking for love, making connections, or in matters of style: Be confident. “Yes, I meant to wear these flats with this dress, it’s my signature style.” Wear the attitude that you’re happy to be there and you’re worth getting to know.