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Women are the Clark Kent’s of Fashion

October 24, 2011

It’s always refreshing to meet someone who has an eye for fashion and pays close attention to what a woman is wearing.  It says they like a well dressed woman.  This is the case with the two gentleman I met over this past weekend.  One a barber, and the other a security and a barber — both understands a woman’s need to dress very well and always look her best.  The best part in meeting them is having women compared to Clark Kent because of how we can go from day to night.

Photo by Carol Zara.  Be sure to visit her site and check out her photos.

By day we are the conservative, mild-manner women who go to work, take care of our family, take care of business, and make sure we have fulfilled our daily obligations. By night we take off the glasses, let our hair down and take our day time look to a whole different level. On the upside it’s just a matter of unwinding, shaking the day’s work from our feet and finding our place of release.

To accompany this theory, most women have 3 to 4 different wardrobes for different occasions.

Photo from Bullock Professional Fashion Photographic Tips.

Wardrobe #1:  The business/corporate look.  This is the wardrobe that defines our business and professional attitude.  We have a company/organization to represent so appearance is everything.  Depending on where you work, you may have a casual to business casual dress code, or a business only dress code, and there’s the corporate dress code where you have to dress according the to the regulations of the company.  You know the kind.

Wardrobe #2:  Night time evening look.  A lot of you ladies can attest to the the “night time evening look.”  This is the nightclub, hang out with the ladies wardrobe.   The tight fighting dresses, short ensembles, the helluva pants and sequin top combination, all set off with the right pair of high heels.  It’s the look that is generates sex appeal, boosts the confidence levels and self-esteem.

Wardrobe #3:  Many of us have them, what I call the Weekend Wear.  This is what separates the work week wear from the weekend wear.  Jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, flip flops, flat sandals, wedges, casual shorts, tank tops, short or mini skirts and dresses, sweat pants and sweat shirts, you know what I am talking about.  For me, my weekend wear is usually a sexy top, with a pair of low-heeled sandals, my favorite wedges, a capri ensemble, skinny jeans with a rocking hot top, or a cut mini dress with a pair of leggings and slide on sandals.  This is my comfortable look when I’m out running errands, hanging out with friends or spending time with my daughter.  I like to think of this wardrobe as my attention-getting clothes because that’s usually the case when I step out.  My daughter says, “you’re not supposed to look better than me…mom’s are not supposed to dress hotter than their daughters.”

Wardrobe #4:  This is the special occasion wardrobe.  I consider this wardrobe sacred because this falls in line with elegance, and we all have to have a set of elegant clothing for those events that call for us to be dressed in our very finest.  I am talking about weddings, special luncheons, gala events such as black tie affairs, award ceremonies, events that causes us to spend time at the beauty salon, hours shopping for the right dress and shoes, having our makeup applied properly, and wearing the right shoes and accessories.

The fun thing about fashion in our day-to-day lives is that we also have the tendency of mixing and matching our wardrobe with various purposes in our lives.  Our night time look can often be transformed into a daytime look and worn to the office, or can be transformed into a weekend wear when out running errands or meeting friends for lunch.

The fashion industry is made up of designers who not only have a passion for creating original designs, but they also key in to what today’s woman has an interest in and hones in on that in order for their to be many looks for many levels of our lives, thus allowing us to indulge in the madness of trends, trendsetting and following trends that we can duplicate and make our own.  Quite fascinating if you really stop and think about it.

Don’t get me wrong, though, not every woman is a follower of fashion.  She is the woman who prefers to sit on the back seat of fashion and maintaining her own look that is simple, frumpy, and is workable for her that is not to hard to maintain and doesn’t require too much work, or she’s not a fashionista and prefers to avoid the rhetoric that comes with fashion shopping, or she’s one who’s time just does not allow her to take the time to shop and be up on today’s fashion — either way, we all have our own way of going about what fashion entails.  Where some have 3-4 wardrobes to fit the daily routine of their lives, others have 1-2 which is much easier for them to handle and doesn’t require too much work.

In today’s society appearance is everything.  It’s all about how we make the fashion industry work to our benefit that we create looks and styles that are our own and says a lot about the woman we were within.

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