Monday, April 5, 2010

Dress impeccably and they remember the woman

Monday, April 5, 2010

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” (Coco Chanel)

In a world where substance is essential but appearance still matters, being—or attempting to be--perfectly well-dressed often brings astonishing perquisites. I’ve tested it a number of times, and it always works. It worked last Wednesday when I was on my way home to Cavite. While waiting in line for a tricycle ride, I was offered a seat by the barker. He said, ma’am baka mapagod kayo (you might get tired). I at first declined, but he insisted. It felt good to take that weight off my feet after a long walk, but to be treated like a lady felt even better.

It works whenever I want to create an impression and be treated seriously. And if I’m not treated seriously because of the way I dress, I get my revenge—without really doing anything—from the look on people’s faces when they discover how wrong their presumptions are. It can sometimes be an advantage to be mistaken for a girl who doesn’t care or know anything beyond beauty and fashion.

Aiming to be impeccably dressed all the time gives me, in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.” Clothed with the raiment of confidence, I can hide my fears and insecurities and make myself presentable to the world. By appearing perfectly well-dressed, I can draw people’s attention away from the flaws underneath.


witsandnuts said...

Power dressing really exists. For me, that's dressing up in a way that you're at the boundary of not caring much and being too appropriate. =)

Anonymous said...

a neighbor asked me once whether i lost my job. shorts and flip flops were my daily attire. little did she know, the nerd look was about to be adapted by the world.

many years later my current employer's dress code is still business casual. and we have over 100k employees around the world. hahaha

Angeli said...

@witsandnuts: oh yeah, it's called power dressing. and i like how you define it, too. :)

@anonymous: and i thought shorts with socks were your daily attire? nag-upgrade ka na pala. :)

Anonymous said...

It works otherwise in P**. I got tired of all the bs. I left. I'm free and I can finally dress up without having to apologize for looking good. I admire how you look, I remember the day I saw you at SM Baguio. I wished then I could dress up like you. Well, siguro ngayon pwede na.

Kayni said...

you look lovely and i love the dress.

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