I consider my wardrobe to be an integral part of my personal presentation. As such, I spend time, energy, and money refining it. For many years, I’ve been culling, upgrading, and revising what I own to suit my figure, my style, and my personality. I love doing this.
But rather bizarrely, I paid very little attention to my underpinnings. My underwear and bras, workout clothes, and pajamas – segments of my wardrobe that get hard and constant wear but are almost never in the public eye – were worn-out, ill-fitting, and uncomfortable.
Several months ago, I upgraded my undies. I wrote about the experience over at The Huffington Post as a transformative one that improved my self-image and helped me feel stronger, sexier, and more in touch with my physical self.
Next, I turned my attention to my workout garb. I had a few pieces that I liked, but many more that didn’t fit, didn’t work, and didn’t make me feel good. Since most of the trendy gear companies cut their stuff absolutely skin-tight, it took some exploration and experimentation to find stuff that works. Turns out, I really love Fila, a company that cuts their athletic gear closer to mall sizing charts and doesn’t make everything slinky and clingy. After months of trying, returning, purging, and replacing, I finally have a small but pragmatic and (relatively) flattering set of workout clothes. I wear these clothes more often than any others I own.
Last on the list is my PJs. I bought a whole slew of fancy-dancy Garnet Hill pajama sets a few years ago. (Many via eBay.) This was an upgrade from the mismatched tees and sweats I’d been using, and felt good at the time. But what I’ve learned is that the shirts ride up while I sleep, making me cold and uncomfortable. Sure, they’re cute, but they just don’t work. I’ll spend the coming months slowly replacing them.
Because I’ve finally realized that I feel better about myself when I pay real attention to my underpinnings, the items in my wardrobe that support my private life. Cute dresses and lust-worthy boots are loads of fun to wear, but practical workout gear and comfy jammies feel like elements of self-care to me. Pretty, properly fitting, supportive underwear helps me look good on the outside and feel good on the inside. Saying all of this feels a little obvious, and I’m surprised that this realization didn’t occur sooner. But hey, better late than never.
Are you more apt to invest in public or private clothes? Do you think that upgrading your underpinnings would be worthwhile? Why or why not?
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