What's your starting point?

@ladyluna (7004)
United States
April 19, 2007 11:17am CST
I suspect that most people put some time and effort into how they look. So, I was wondering ... what is your starting point for deciding on your attire for the day? This might include work, casual, or special occassion attire. Do you select the clothes first, then choose the accessories. Or do you decide on accessories first, then pick out clothes to match? For you guys ... do you pick the tie first, or the shirt? Or, are you a t-shirt kind of guy? Do you decide that today is a tennis shoe kind of day, then choose the clothes to match the sneakers? Generally I find that my starting point is a particular piece of jewelry, then I'll select clothes to coordinate with the jewelry. My only hard and fast rule is: no white shorts while working in the garden! So, what about you?
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
Hi ladyluna, my morning is normally the busiest time of the day for me. Eventhough, I'm leading a very busy lifestyle, I do take the time to look through my closet for the clothes to wear. I know all my clothes very well so it's easier for me to mix and match everything within seconds. The weather in my country right now is ultra hot. I like to wear something light and comfortable. Putting on jewelries is the last step that I do. I love jewelries so much especially the one with swarovski beads. If I have the spare time, I always make lots of designs and colors. That way, I can easily pick one that best suit my mood and my clothes.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Hello Charms, Thanks for you input. So, you like to have jewelry that will go well with lots of different outfits? As far as choosing the clothes, do you choose a top first, the bottom, the shoes, or do you decide on a color of the day?
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
I always choose the shoes first. I was a shoe fanatic all my life. The next one will be the top, then the bottom. Whenever I buy new clothes, I always try to visualize what tops or bottoms to match. :P
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Thanks for adding the detail Charms. It sounds like you're a rather 'snappy' dresser. And, I'll bet your hand-made beads add much to your appearance.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
19 Apr 07
If I'm going to work, I grab whatever pair of dress pants I have clean, and then a shirt than matches them. It's pretty simple really. I wear the same pair of dress shoes everyday, and they stay at work, so I just throw on tennis shoes (or snow boots in winter) until after I'm at work. The jewelry I wear depends on what mood I'm in, and rarely has anything to do with my clothes. I guess I just don't think about clothes much. On days off I wear jeans, t-shirts or sweaters depending on season, and tennis shoes. I only own one pair of tennis shoes, and I choose my clothes more based on what is clean and close at hand then on what it looks like. I guess I'm a weird woman, eh?
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Thanks for your reply Lecanis. Weird? No, I don't think so. Rather, you sound like a 'function over form' kind of gal. Nothing wrong with that! And, I'll bet you carry it off well!
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
19 Apr 07
I'm told I do. =p Since I'm more confident when I am comfortable, other people perceive me as being more attractive when I'm not trying than when I am. When I do spefically try to dress "nicely" I worry so much about stupid things that I don't act confident at all, which affects my posture and my actions. So I'm much better off not worrying about it.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Apr 07
That makes perfect sense Lecanis. Comfort and confidence do go hand in hand. I also know what you mean about trying too hard. I find that special occasion dressing is always the hardest to pull off, for me. I suspect because comfort is generally taken out of th mix. Excellent points!
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
25 Apr 07
I love clothes and accesories and have an extensive wardrobe of both office wear, casual wear and going out clothes. However, at the moment I am a project manager on a construction site and so that I don't dirty my nice clothes, I wear what the guys wear - hardwearing work pants, steel capped safety boots (which gets covered in mud every day), a hard hat, fluoro vest and long sleeve shirt. So - no glamour for me at work these days! ;-)
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Good morning Urbangirl, Sounds like you and Mesabrewer wear the same type of work clothes. I can definitely see why you wouldn't want to ruin your nice duds on the job. But hey, you always have the weekends to get snazzed up. Now the most pressing question is: How do you deal with hard-hat hair? Love the picture by the way. I would have liked being there by the shore yesterday, as the cold wind was whipping through. Burrrrrrrr!
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@urbangirl (1461)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Weekends? What weekends? ;-) I have been working on Saturdays too! Most times I will go out Saturday nights but sometimes I am so tired, I couldn't be bothered. Sundays are my day of rest, so I slop around the house with jeans and a top. I go out sometimes on weeknights and that's when I actually look forward to dressing up a bit. Every day is a bad hair day with hard hat hair. I just put my hair up - never bother to blow dry it, it's just not worth the effort. Hopefully after this particular project is over I'll be able to look halfway decent again! I would love to be where I was when my avatar photo was taken :-)
@bowtieguy (5930)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I start with my undergarments, make sure I have a suit and shirt pressed and ready the night before then pick out a tie and accessories to match.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Hello Bowtieguy, It sounds as though you are quite a meticulous dresser. Is your MyLot I.D. indicative of the type of tie that you will pick out? Thanks for sharing.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I decide what I'm going to wear the night before. It helps me to live without stress. By doing that, I don't have to rush in the morning. I decided what I will wear the next day, check it to make sure it doesn't have wrinkles or loose buttons. Then I decided what accessories to wear.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Hello Terilee79720, That sounds very organized! And I can definitely see how it might alleviate morning stress. I've tried that a few times myself, yet I find that I really don't have a handle on my mood until that morning. This is especially true of special occassion dressing. I am more likely to change the whole outfit, or parts of the outfit if I pick it out the night before. I admire your sense of discipline.
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@stella1989 (2274)
• India
20 Apr 07
First of all, all what it needs is to "feel" beautiful and LOVE YOUR SELF then onLy you can proceed to others. Then the next thing to start on my looks it will be to get a CLEAN skin no matter what colour it is but it should be clean with no marks,then figure,then style - cloths,shoes,apparells,and an attitude to wear anything gracefully.And some knowledge on street fashion!! Then some smell of body,then hairs style,and style cutting lol..I sound like a real fashion freak but the thing I like to concentrate on one thing at a time!! Well thats me..!! have a nice day.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Hello Stella1989, It rather sounds like you are a naturalist with a healthy sense of self. I wholeheartedly agree that perhaps the most important item to dress ourselves in ... is a posititve attitude! Thanks for sharing your perspective on this topic. Oh, and you have a nice day as well!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I seldom dress in other than jeans since I work at home. I don't wear any kind of jewelry or add ons. If I have to get dresed up, I will usually choose a pair of pants and then the shirt and then the shoes. I'd be happy to wear jeans the rest of my life and shorts in the warmer weather. I like a variety of shirts, from sweaters to t-shirts. The only person I need to impress is myself.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Good morning Sigma77, Thanks for chiming in on this discussion. Well, it would seem as though you are focusing on impressing the only person who truly matters --yourself. How nice that you are able to work from home. I'm not sure that I'd ever get out of my sweats (or shorts in the summer) if I was able to work from home. Of course, then I'd have a closet full of clothes collecting dust. Hmmm, imagine the dry-cleaning savings though. So, when dressing up, if you start from the pants, then you must wear different colored dress pants. How do you decide if it's a blue day, a brown day, khaki, black, etc...? Is it just a mood? Or does it depend on the function?
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• Singapore
20 Apr 07
It would depend on the occasion. If it is formal, then it would be tie and long sleeves. If very formal, add a suit. Else it would be T-shirt and jeans, or short sleeves and pants. I usually match the whole attire. For instance, I may want to wear this tie but if I can't find a suitable shirt, then I will drop my first choice.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Good morning Lordwarwizard, What? You mean you don't wear your long, velvet robes every day? Well, I guess that would get rather warm in your neck of the woods. It sounds as though you are very adaptable, yet also prefer comfort first. Not at the risk of sacrificing 'sharp', though. Would that be an accurate assessment?
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