Today (hump day!) I though I’d share a favorite quote of mine. It’s from legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, who said “You can have anything you want if you dress for it.”

Alright, you might be thinking that this is the most shallow thing you’ve ever heard. But, if you think about it, this Ms. Head makes some serious sense. These days, I feel like more and more people are forgetting about the importance of dressing nicely and looking presentable. It’s really a dying concept, and it makes me sad.

When I was growing up, my parents really instilled in me the idea of looking put-together, even if it was just another day at school. I’m really grateful for that, because it is an invaluable principal, and one that I don’t think will ever leave me. It’s because of this value that what I wear to school everyday (yes, even on “casual Fridays”) is so important to me. I firmly believe that what I wear, how I present myself, can have a serious impact on how my teachers and peers see me. Having my hair brushed, my makeup done, a nice, clean outfit on…I feel as if that lets whoever I’m dealing with know that above all, I care.

People complain about my generation, saying that we’re lazy and entitled. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that very few kids my age consistently put conscious effort into how they visually present themselves to other people. I think if more kids my age made a promise to themselves to put more time and effort into their outward appearance to others, these complaints would certainly go down.

Because, you see, fashion isn’t everything. But how you look, how you present yourselves to other people, well, that kind of is a big one.


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