In praise of being over-dressed

The festive season being just around the corner I would like to draw your attention to your festive attire. By festive attire I mean wearing something gorgeous, yet appropriate for the occasion. Necklines too deep and hemlines too short may not fall in the category of appropriate so approach carefully. What I am talking about is lush fabrics, sequins, sparkles, fake fur, decadent cuts and extravagant accessories.

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In very casual Netherlands I often find myself left disappointed when attending an event where people show up in denim and sneakers when all I was longing was a lineup of beautiful outfits to remember. I am often overdressed at events and I have no plans to change that any time soon. Actually, if I do stop being overdressed, please come and ask if I am okay. What about you? Do you like to blend in or stand out?

Accomplished fashionista Hayley Bloomingdale wrote last year this insightful article for the British Vogue called “In Praise Of Being Over-Dressed” and this time of the year I can’t help but dig it up and re-analyze it despite the obvious fact that my do’s may be far less fancy than those of Ms. Bloomingdale’s and her tribe. She observed:

“Being over-dressed has multiple advantages, the first being that it is polite to your host to sartorially honour the effort she has made.”

I love the way she turns around the old belief that people who like dressing up are only doing it for themselves. Not necessarily. For me it’s of course about the deep love for fashion and over-the-top pieces, but also very much about recognizing other people’s efforts for my convenience.

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This festive season I recommend giving being over-dressed a try, even if it’s just for once. Next time you get an invitation, go ahead and wear something stunning that you would normally save for special events. See if you feel different and are you being perceived differently. Did you have more fun that way? How many compliments did you get for your outfit? How did the outfit affect your confidence and visibility?

Read also some simple and easy ideas on how to dress things up from I on Image’s blog archives.

You might have special events coming up but nothing to wear. It’s definitely a better situation than it’s opposite (so many great outfits but nowhere to go) and much easier to fix. I would be delighted to help you get ready for your big night out and I am looking forward to take you shopping (live or online). I also have the fairy godmother-like ability to find something amazing in the back of your closet and styling it in a way that you would have never worn it yourself.

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Enjoy your festive season in style -if not a little over-dressed!

-Jenni

Your image consultant with an eye for detail