Monday, September 5, 2011

Dressy September


One of the most basic pieces of advice I hear from folks who work from home is to get dressed for work every day. While that seems easy in theory, the level of dressiness differs from person to person. I've never been a big pajamas person, so I always get dressed, usually in shorts and a tee. But does this minimum make me feel like I'm ready for work? Nope. Sure, I got dressed a few times last week, but for real consistency I need to learn better habits.

They say it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something for it to become a habit. If you can do 21, why not 30? So for the month of September, I'm making an effort to get dressed—really get dressed—every single day. Partly to get into the habit of getting ready for work each morning, but also because I don't think you always need a reason to dress up. Just because is just fine.

I'll be using these outfits as my outfit posts this month, but if you want to see every single day, hop on over and "like" The New Professional on Facebook. I'll be posting outfits there daily.

15 comments:

  1. Love the spirit! Can't wait to see your outfits for the next 30 days.

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  2. Yay you! I'm struggling with the work-from-home transition too, so I can't wait to see what you find works.

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  3. Love your look of a dress shirt over a maxi dress/skirt!

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  4. I didn't know you were on facebook! I just liked you with my page :)

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  5. Wow, that is a great goal! I'm sure as soon as I stop working in an office, I'm going straight to slob. But I totally think you will be a better worker if you are better dressed. Good luck!

    North Meets South

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  6. I can't lie, having not to teach made me really lazy this summer in terms of dressing. It was only a challenge that I participated in that kept me dressing well. But not that school is about to be in full swing, I have no excuses, LOL.

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  7. Oh, I love the boots in the first photo and the braid in the middle photo. I know from teaching online that being dressed for the task helps me to maintain professionalism.

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  8. Good for you, Angeline! I'll be working from home tomorrow, and I have to admit: I'm planning on wearing PJ's all day long. ;)I know, I'm so bad. Excited to see all of your cute outfits!

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  9. @ Keji - thanks!

    @ stephanie - thanks! this dress is very revealing up top and I didn't really feel like being so exposed. (see it in a prev post here...worn w/ a cami underneath: http://www.thenewprofessionalblog.com/2010/07/end-of-week-2.html)

    @ jenn - that's totally how I've been feeling the past few weeks. I trying to schedule at least one outing (errand, meeting, whatever) each day so I have even more incentive to dress up.

    @ professiongal - it's not bad if it's only every once in a while! and if your PJs work for you, then so be it. No shame. Mine just don't work for me. :)

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  10. I always make sure I get dressed in the morning, but the level of dressy-ness varies. I like your goal of getting dressed every day in September. I'm sure it will be the start of a new habit. Good luck!

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  11. Yeah! Even when I know I need to do things on the weekends, it definitely helps getting dressed! Reminds me of this advice from a site called FlyLady: Get Dressed to Lace-up Shoes: http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_Shoes.asp
    And she's really big on building habits.

    My new goal is to make sure I get dressed ASAP in the mornings on weekends so I don't let the time get away from me!

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  12. Love this idea. I work in a "real" office, but the dress is very casual, and so this fall I'm challenging myself to try a bit harder. I could get away wearing a tee shirt and jeans, but I'd like to choose not to. My biggest problem is shopping, so my plan is to pick a look online and then go out and shop for it. One week I plan to do it on the cheap by going to Plato's Closet (great store that's a combination of consignment and thrift shop) and then the next week doing it for a bit more - shopping at the mall. I'm not good at shopping for myself, but I hope this works! Even if I miss a week here or there, I'll be doing a ton better than I would have been!

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  13. @ graduatedlearning - Fun! I still have to work on the timely part...the bed is just so comfy!

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  14. definitely agree. I get nothing done working from home when I don't get dressed for work as if I were going to work. Jeans and a t-shirt do not motivate me.

    What a great project!

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  15. @ pixie in pumps - you always look so snazzy, sometimes I forget you work from home, too. I hope to get to that point.

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