Show of hands…how many ladies out there find yoga pants or pajamas comfy? I’m guessing everyone does! Now, by show of hands a second time: how many of you wear these almost daily and use the excuse “I’m just staying home, why bother getting dressed”? I’m guessing a lot of you can relate, and I used to think that way too.
Being a homemaker I spend almost all my time at home so it’s easy for me to just wear ratty (but comfy) clothes all day. But I no longer do that! Why? Because I believe putting a bit of effort into getting dressed each day leads to productivity. And looking put together is a nice way of welcoming my husband home each day. Think about that for a second: wives, if your husbands are at work or school all day they are likely encountering women who are dressed nicely. Then he comes home and sees you in baggy jammies and an old tee shirt…I’m not implying his mind will wander back to some of the other well dressed ladies he saw earlier, but it could! If your husband is around men all day then there is even more of a reason to put some effort into dressing the womanly body God gave you!
If you are not married, there’s still a good reason to get dressed properly each day. Wearing jammies will likely keep your mind in the sleep frame of mind, and when we sleep we do nothing (well, not nothing but we are not getting around and being productive). Taking a few minutes to get dressed and maybe put on make up starts the day productively which will likely get you in the frame of mind to spend the rest of your time doing useful things.
I get that sometimes making an effort to put on real clothes seems pointless or like too much work but I promise it is worth it!
Here is how I used to dress at home: pilly sweater, yoga pants and slippers.
Then I realized I could actually get stuff accomplished by putting on real pants and presentable top…case in point, dressing better made me want to spend more time in the kitchen (this was taken Spring 2013 and I’m wearing jeans, a tee shirt and a cardigan)!
I no longer find pants comfy so here are some examples of my home outfits now. These are all outfits I wear when I know I’m not going anywhere or having company. But they can all be modified with an accessory to make them more appropriate.
And since it looks like summer weather is going to be lingering for a while longer, here are some weather appropriate ideas!
See? Getting dressed and looking presentable isn’t that hard! All these outfits allowed me to move freely around the house for various tasks like cooking, cleaning the shower, weeding the gardens, bringing firewood in, etc. And if I needed to go out, all I had to do was quickly apply eye liner, put in some earrings and I’m good to go!
How do you usually dress at home? Do you think putting on “real clothes” can really make someone feel more productive?