Culture and Fashion Week: A change of mindset.

On the whole I like makeovers. Mostly house related but once in a while I can be moved to watch fashion makeovers. Like the show ‘How do I look?’ Totally enjoyed that. I was always so vocal about what fashion trends worked for people (and yes I know what fashion trends would work for me πŸ˜’- I just need money! Money, money, money! Or great tips on how to shop on a budget – someone please).

Have you ever heard the statement ‘go back and and change’ directed at you before? Was it followed up with a threat tooπŸ˜‚? After you’ve dressed up and in your head you are killing it…

then someone kills your vibe!

Usually if I am going out the following day (hello Ugandan lockdown), I plan my outfit the day before in my head. And usually in my head it looks great. Then I get to put it on and there are some things that don’t flow right. It goes without saying that something about that needs to change.

They are some outfits you look at and in your head it’s a ‘no’. For yourself and others that you meet. Wondering how they had the courage to walk out of their house – if there was a mirror or friends around.

I get that people do not want to be told how to dress. We are wild about no judgment and doing what makes us happy but you’ve also probably heard how people usually treat you based on your appearance – yes people are mostly shallow like that. And much as you dress for you, I think it would be nice to respect your audience. That when in Rome jambo.

It won’t distort your personality if you do dress with your audience in mind. Suits and office outfits for your job interviews – no one complains about that though, strange unflattering things when you are going to meet grandparents or some other traditional occasion even though you’d rather otherwise (though I think these things are slowly adapting to accommodate fashion preferences), sports clothes for sports events even though you’d rather show up in your long flowing skirts.

Quick story here – in my S1, before we had our school-issued sports wear, we had a Physics teacher who came in immediately after our P.E classes (and she knew that too). She hated that girls could wear pants and shorts and would send us out of class because she found it offensive. Dressing right can be an uphill task. I can at times relate to that question ‘what should I wear’ when standing before a full wardrobe.

But I think we can also be more aware of how we dress. For every outfit made, I believe there is an event and place for it. Pyjamas are for your room and I’ll frown if I see you in them in public. The swim suit truly is for the beach or a water-related facility. And this is not trying to kill your mojo, just saving you from the side eye and sneers (which you probably say don’t bother you even if they really do).

So…go back and change.


Ok. This blog post has come in later than expected to close off Day 17 even though it mostly sounds like a rant. I probably just had to keep going back and changing it upπŸ˜….

8 thoughts on “Culture and Fashion Week: A change of mindset.

  1. I enjoying watching “how do i look” except they always come out with make up that make them look less beautiful and outfits they probably won’t wear ever again because they’re unsure and undeniably uncomfortable. If someone ever told me to “go back and change” I would glare at them so hard they would shit they pants πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It’s hard imagining it to ever being taken in good faith. I probably would glare too before I start defending my choices.
      I also wondered about how sustainable the changes from ‘How do I look?’ were even when I thought some of them were really nice. Comfort is a major factor in dressing.
      Thank you for reading and commenting :).

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Money money ching chingπŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
    Like you, I always plan my outfits the day before in my head. And yes in the morning ill be like nahhh…take something else. Or sometimes I’ll even dress up and all hyped, …then get a comment which will make me go back change. It’s a struggle..but I learnt to listen to that innermost instinct which ‘noopppp get something else’πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Money, yesπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Ooh those in-head outfits where you are rocking it till you are not. So grateful that there’s always room for change before committing to a disaster.
      Thank you for reading and commenting :).

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.