Style Starts with Smile

There was an article in my local newspaper today about makeovers.

Two guys — one nominated by his mother, the other by his wife — were transformed.  New clothes, new attitude.

Simple right?  All we need, the article said, is just a few wardrobe adjustments and presto!

A new you.

So, I read the article, then I read the side-boxes.  One guy is a teacher…a high school teacher…and the box describes his outfit — $225 pants, a $180 shirt.  $150 shoes.  The other guy had on a $900 jacket.

So, there you have it.  If you are a twenty-something high school teacher (or a fifty-something dude), just get yourself $500 worth of clothes for each day of the week and you will be someone new and special.

Does that sound good to you?  Horrifying?  How about a makeover where we don’t go broke, but still find a style?  How about a yoga class and $100 worth of new clothes?  How about some journaling and introspection and a new pair of sneakers and a pair of dark jeans and a polo?

I’m not sure it’s all about style and I’m not sure it’s all about no style.

I think it’s somewhere in between.

I think it also has something to do about attitude.

Clothing costs money and we have to be careful what we buy.  There can’t be a choice between food/bills and clothes.  Life wins.

However, attitude is free.  Start there.  Change that.

Then, see if the clothes you actually need don’t just arrive on your body little by little as you discover that life is really about presenting and being present.

And if that doesn’t work?

Well, I have a nice jacket I can sell you for around $900.

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