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10 Things to Wear When You’re Feeling Blue

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

There are days, and then there are blue days… It’s inevitable, no matter how many feel-good books you’ve read, how much exercise you do, how well you eat, nor if you’ve taken all your vitamins and all your meds there will be days when you don’t feel like the brightest star in the sky.

There are days where I feel like I’ve gained 10 pounds over night, the ones I notice lines on my face that weren’t there before, days where I feel like a social retard and can’t say or do anything right. Days when I just want to go back to bed with a bar of chocolate and call it a day.

It’s natural to want to slum it up, but being a slob never helped anybody. Looking like a slob never helped anyone either. Fashion isn’t going to save the world, it’s not going to solve problems, but looking good helps you feel good, and that’s a step.

10 things to wear on blue days:

Fashion isn’t going to save the world, it’s not going to solve problems, but looking good helps you feel good, and that’s a step.

  1. Flattering clothes: It may be natural to want to lounge around in your velor tracksuit, or wear that comfy dress that looks like a muumuu but lately, I’ve been feeling that wearing elegant and flattering clothes helps me feel better about my relentless body issues.
  2. Cheery colors. “When you’re feeling blue wear red lipstick” or anything red for that matter. It’s one the most flattering colors for me. What ever your power color is, whether it be turquoise or pale pink, you know what it is, so wear it.
  3. Before getting dressed, check the weather report. It sounds obvious, but there are so many times I went out the door without doing that. The last thing you want to add to your list is getting caught in the rain with no umbrella, or wearing a cashmere sweater on a cloudy but otherwise hot day.
  4. Well-fitted clothing a bit of stretch. Weight normally fluctuates during the course of the day due to water retention and how much one eats, so wearing clothes that have a little give will keep you from going down that “I feel fat” route.
  5. Make up that highlights your best features, for some that’s lipstick, for others eyes or cheekbones
  6. A pair of smart and sassy low-heeled shoes or flats. Be nice to your feet today
  7. Wear a gift… from someone you love (above I’m wearing a scarf from Kezia), this will make you think of all the people who love you.
  8. Wear something with a nice story attached to it, like an unexpected score from a thrift store, or the skirt you wore at your graduation, this will remind you of happier days.
  9. Pretty underwear… if you can’t wear nice clothes on the outside, you might as well wear something nice underneath.
  10. Dress for the mood you wish to have. Abraham Lincoln said ” Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Which may have been the reason he got shot, but none the less, he’s right. If you look happy on the outside, you just might start to feel happy on the inside.

Those are just the things you can wear, there are many things to do… like take a walk, or eat a slice of chocolate cake. The blues aren’t only natural, and happen to everyone, but they are also temporary.

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18 comments for “10 Things to Wear When You’re Feeling Blue”

  1. I took your advice and did everything you suggested and WABAM! I’m in a fantastic mood! Thanks! :-]

    Posted by RabidAppleChunks | April 24, 2008, 1:09 pm
  2. For me, it’s usually a fun pair of earrings; I know I’m really feeling lousy when I’m not wearing any for days at a time!

    I do need to get in a habit of checking the weather report, though — I’ve shown up to the office in sweaters on hot days, swore that the next day I’d wear a light cute top, did so… and then froze. Thanks, Bay Area!

    Posted by Jeanne | April 24, 2008, 1:30 pm
  3. What do I do if I have a month of days like that? Hmmm????

    Posted by WendyB | April 24, 2008, 1:45 pm
  4. Thank you Jeanne. Your post itself cheered me up. Now I feel warm and fuzzy.

    Posted by Korka | April 24, 2008, 1:51 pm
  5. wow… i thought i wrote that post more for myself.. hehe, i’m glad your a day got better!

    jeanne~ i can totally see you with fun earrings with your fine bone structure and pixie haircut… it’s perfect!

    awww wendy… how can you have a month of days like that with your little piggy?

    Posted by jennine | April 24, 2008, 2:00 pm
  6. Like a new haircut helps after a break-up (I am unfortunately contemplating a hair-cut to soothe my broken-hearted ego), a nice outfit helps with the blues. A few years ago I remember putting a lot of effort into my eye-make up one day and then getting my heart broken (again!) and my roommate told me afterwards how beautiful I looked with even though I had been crying with smudged eyeliner and mascara. Sometimes the only thing that can hold my shit together is my outfit.

    Posted by patti | April 24, 2008, 2:05 pm
  7. The pig and I drink and cry together.

    Posted by WendyB | April 24, 2008, 3:10 pm
  8. Oh, wow… your advice couldn’t have come at a better time!

    I’m gonna put on my special Pleasure State lingerie today - if that doesn’t lift my mood, nothing will!

    Posted by Lil | April 24, 2008, 4:51 pm
  9. I absolutely agree. Every few months, I actually go through my wardrobe and clean it out. Anything I don’t feel fabulous in, even if it’s just a tank top, I just toss and donate it. Who needs to feel blue? Dress your best, even if it’s casual, all the time to instantly feel confident as you pass a mirror.

    Posted by May | April 24, 2008, 6:29 pm
  10. Great ideas, it’s funny I was feeling blah today so I wore red to feel better about it :-)

    Posted by Hailey | April 24, 2008, 10:39 pm
  11. excellent advice, thank you!! Love your red belt, great to hide blotted tummy.


    Posted by The Fashion Assistant and her Camera | April 25, 2008, 3:10 am
  12. Good advice,especially about the well-fitted clothes.

    Posted by Tina Topaz | April 25, 2008, 9:42 am
  13. aw man… patti.. i’m sorry to hear about that, but your right, a good outfit does help, even just a little.

    Posted by jennine | April 25, 2008, 9:46 am
  14. cant do it…if im blue, i head straight to the pj’s and nothing can stop me.

    Posted by punky | April 25, 2008, 10:06 am
  15. jennine, this is great advice! i agree with all counts.

    though…sometimes a pair of heels is just the thing i need to transform myself. i’m not a major heels wearer, but sometimes they’re the pick me up i need to stomp it through the runway of life!

    Posted by dreamecho | April 26, 2008, 10:22 pm
  16. Great post, Jennine. I’m going to keep these tips handy for my next blah day (hopefully waaaaay in the future). I always dress up a little on Mondays…it makes me feel better about starting the work way.

    Posted by Kezia | April 28, 2008, 2:36 pm
  17. Totally agree with you : ) Specially about nice underwear, that can cheer up any bad day : )


    Posted by Stylebyme.net | April 29, 2008, 6:39 am
  18. That’s a great pick me up!

    Posted by susie_bubble | April 29, 2008, 7:48 am

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