Oscar Night – What not to wear…..

If you’ve ever attended an event and felt second rate because you didn’t look the part, you’ll be familiar with that sinking feeling of not feeling good enough….

You feel sick, frumpy, ill at ease and you just want to go home, put your comfy clothes on and go to bed.

That was exactly how I felt at my company’s annual dinner and dance almost 15 years ago but I can still remember the feeling as if it was yesterday.

Each year the company used to hold a themed dinner and dance and on this particular year, the theme was ‘Oscar Night’.

I was really looking forward to the event and the chance to get dressed up as I worked in food manufacturing at the time and wore a white uniform, safety shoes and a blue mop cap to cover my hair while in the work environment.

I went all out and got a great outfit which consisted of a full black floor length skirt and a black bustier top. It looked great in the shop and I was excited about the event.

On the night, everything was going well till I sat down and then the bustier sprang into action. It pushed my ample bust up and out in a rather eye popping display of boob. I spent the rest of the night trying to pull up my dress and hide my jaw dropping cleavage.

Things went from bad to worse when I ended up winning a prize and having to parade across the stage in my now very inappropriate attire.

I literally could not wait to escape home and I can honestly say that I did not enjoy one moment of the night.

How I wished that I had someone to tell me what to wear? How different my night would have been if I had chosen a more appropriate outfit.

This event caused a serious dent in my self-esteem and confidence at work and it took me a long time to feel good about myself again.

What we wear is critical to how we feel about ourselves; when we are dressed appropriately and look good, we feel good and our self-esteem and confidence rise in direct proportion to how we feel about ourselves.

Look at how much shame and anguish I suffered because I dressed inappropriately. Look how much fun I ended up missing out in because I didn’t look the part.

Have you felt like this in the past? Do you feel like you are missing out on fun, enjoyment and opportunities because you spend your time before and at events fretting about your clothes?

Imagine if you knew exactly what to wear for that upcoming event and knew that you would look great wearing it.

You feel comfortable, you know you look good and you feel confident to seize whatever opportunity comes your way. You are engaging with people, having fun and not fretting about what you are wearing. You are in great spirits because you know you are presenting the best version of you.

This is a completely possible alternate. Drop me an email at aileen@healyconsultants.com to set up an appointment to chat about your wardrobe concerns.

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