The Filibuster: Be Appropriate

Fashion Police sheriff's badgeTruth be told, I think I’m much pickier about people’s clothing than makeup choices. I believe myself to have extremely good manners, and I’m very polite. However, in my head, odds are that I’m judging what you’re wearing. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I can’t seem to turn off my inner fashion police officer. And here’s my #1 rule — be appropriate. Let me elaborate.

Miley Cyrus at 2009 Teen Choice AwardsOriginally, I thought this post was going to be a rant about the tendency of teenagers these days to wear makeup and clothes reminiscent of the Streetwalkers ‘R Us, Resort Collection 2011.  The more I thought about it, it’s really about wearing makeup and clothes appropriate for your age. A few weeks ago, I was at dinner with friends, and I got carded. I’m 35. And you know why I looked young that day? Because I wasn’t wearing makeup (which, for the record, is a rare condition for me for an evening dinner). Makeup ages you, and I just don’t get why a 16-year-old wants to look like a 30-year-old.

For the love of Pete, dress appropriately for the occasion! That means don’t wear jeans and sneakers to the opera, don’t wear pajamas on an airline flight, but also don’t wear a cocktail dress and hooker heels to a daytime garden party. I recently went to a Katy Perry concert (and yes, it was awesome), and there was a group of girls sitting two rows in front of us. One was obviously a huge fan, and she was dancing about wildly for every song. Unfortunately, she was a larger girl wearing a low-cut top and short, flouncy skirt. With every dance move, she was in danger of giving us a free show. She should have dressed appropriately for the concert.

Stacy London and Clinton Kelly of What Not To WearAnd while I’m talking about dressing, wear appropriately sized clothing. My number one rule for successful dressing is to wear clothes that properly fit. You’ll look thinner and put together. Trust me. Or Stacey and Clinton. If you feel you are overweight, wearing baggy clothing will only make you look frumpy and sloppy. Likewise, no matter your size, wearing clothes too tight will make you look bigger than you are. Find a reliable tailor and alter your clothes as needed. It will make all the difference.

The main idea you should pull from this post (and really, the whole Beautypendence blog) is that everyone is beautiful in their own way, but we all have to do a little work to look our best. And that can start with dressing in clothes and wearing make-up appropriately. Learn it, adopt it, do it.

Images: Fashion policeMiley Cyrus, What Not To Wear

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