Quick Once Over

Something that I always do before I head out the door is a quick once over glance at my outfit.  There are numerous times when I have wondered if other women complete the same thing.  Mainly I do this so I do not advertise a fashion faux pas.  There have been times where a couple of seconds saved me from embarrassing myself for an entire day.  I know it is not the “End of the world” per se; however, when you work in retail part time and love fashion like I do, it makes me that much more aware about my appearance and the standards that I have set for myself.  I also have my full time job to consider, which means I have to make sure it is work appropriate.  For example:  I would not wear destroyed skinny jeans to my full time job due to lack of professionalism in our office environment; however, I would at my part time job because I would be promoting what we are selling in the store.

So ladies, if you do any of the following or have some other possible “Woops, I can’t believe I did that!” feel free to comment.  The main things that I look for are the following:

Did I grab both black shoes, or did I accidentally put on one brown and one black?  Note:  I have a few shoes that are the exact same style, but in different colors.  I have stopped myself a couple of times because I accidentally grabbed one of each and man did I look a hot mess.  I’m sure there are several other individuals out there that have run across the same thing at some point (and are probably nodding their head at this too).

There was this one day about a year ago that I was in a hurry and rushed out the door without doing my “once over” look.  I got to work and was walking to clock in and noticed that my cowboy boots sounded funny on the floor.  I looked down at my feet and found that I had two different brown cowboy boots on.  They were on the correct feet, just happened to be from two different sets of boots.  Boy was I embarrassed when I noticed that.  I usually keep a spare set of shoes/flats in my truck; however, that particular day I was out of luck.  That was honestly one of my most embarrassing moments fashion wise.  Needless to say, I pay MUCH closer attention now.

Did I remember to zip and button my pants?  Seriously, what girl wants to be remembered as the chick that forgot to zip her zipper?  There have been a couple of instances that I have gone up to women and discretely pointed it out to them so that they may zip up.  Personally I would thank my lucky stars that someone was kind enough to let me know, because man would I feel like a dumb ass if I kept walking around showing my stuff that doesn’t need to be shown to the world.  Do you think these women were thankful?  If you guessed no, then you would be correct.  They actually bit my head off asking me why I was looking!  By all means, I am not saying that I go around looking at peoples’ crotch areas.  Some things just tend to draw a persons eye.

Did I put on the correct color of belt?  I tend to wear two-tone outfits often (light brown top with a dark brown belt and dark brown boots) so I always want to make sure I grabbed the correct color of belt.  If I had on a light brown top and black boots, then I would wear the black belt.  One thing that I would like to purchase in the future would be some solid color belts (red, pink, purple, etc) to brighten up some of my color blocking outfits.  An example of this would be a purple pencil skirt, a solid black v-neck top, with a bright pink belt, and some basic black pumps.

Does my necklace go with the outfit?  I positively love antique jewelry!  Sometimes I specifically build an outfit around what necklace I prefer to wear that day.  To some this may sound silly or even backwards, but hey, it is a part of who I am.

These are just a few of the things that I look for on a daily basis before I head out the door.  I want to look my best for any and all occasions because you just never know who you will run in to.  Remember, first impressions are everlasting and can make a world of difference.  In retail potential customers want to see what is in and know what is out.  Many are open to new suggestions and are willing to take a step out of their comfort zone.  Which leads me to my next question for you.  Which of the following would you enjoy to read next?  I have a few ideas that I have been tossing around, but haven’t quite came to a decision on which to write about next.  If you have other suggestions they will definitely be taken into consideration! 🙂

1.  Different Ways to Think Outside the Box – This would generally give you ideas on what to shop for if you are “stuck” in a certain style or certain colors that continuously appear in your wardrobe (a repeat customer always buys the color black, yet I was finally able to talk her into white and blue – woohoo!).

2.  The Perfect Outfit for your Christmas Party – I shop a LOT and find several cute outfits for very reasonable prices.  I would probably show pictures with direct links to the stores website.  Some parties are on the casual side, while others are more formal.  I would like to show some of each.

3.  What to Wear in the Winter – It’s that time again for us to bundle up with the weather.  I love to bust out my boot, sweater, and scarf collection each year.  Of course I also always add to it as well!  The styles are forever changing, yet certain boots never go out of style.  My goal is to actually take some pictures of my friends in the styles I am planning on discussing.

I look forward to your feedback and can’t wait to see what suggestions you have to offer.

Until next time,



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