The Importance of Dressing Up (Even If You’re Not Leaving the House)

Here's an example of something you'll find me wearing in the studio.

Here's an example of something you'll find me wearing in the studio.

For many people, one of the biggest perks of working from home is rolling out of bed and wearing your pajamas all day. Well, this is not the case for me! Last week, even though I had nowhere in particular to go, I was wearing a fitted denim dress, my Shooting Star Necklace, my Cala Lily Earrings 2 and, of course, my favorite red lipstick—just to stay at home and work in the studio!

The main reason I go through the trouble to get dressed up (even if I don’t plan on leaving the house) is because “If sweatpants are your everyday attire, you'll end up looking like you belong in them”*—and I definitely do not belong in sweatpants!

Here’s why I think everyone should get dressed up whether they’re heading out to a formal party or hanging around the house:

You’ll boost your self confidence

The right outfit with the right accessories can make you feel ready to conquer the world. It doesn’t matter if you have flaws or imperfections you’re trying to hide—and, believe me, I know how that feels. Getting dressed up and putting on my red lipstick makes me feel good about how I look and gives me a natural air of confidence.

You never know who you may run into

It always seems to be the case that the one day you don’t do your makeup or put on a nice outfit is the day you run into an old friend from high school or—God forbid—an ex. Of course you’ll want to look your best no matter who you may run into!

You have a reason to wear your fine jewelry

My collection of red lipsticks

My collection of red lipsticks

I hardly need a reason to wear jewelry, but dressing up does make my accessories feel even more special than they already are. The great thing about my jewelry is that it’s meant to complement your outfit no matter what level of dressed up you are going for—from your favorite jeans and a nice t-shirt to a sexy little black dress.

All in all, it’s about feeling good. Save the sweatpants for the days where you don’t feel well—or better yet, try dressing up even when you’re not feeling 100% and see what it does to improve your mood.  

Do you dress up just to stay home? How does it make you feel?

*Marie Kondo in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Lori Gottlieb