New Year's Eve is one mere night, while the New Year itself stretches for a glorious 365 days beyond. Don't get me wrong; NYE is highly symbolic and deserves it's place in the Important Days pantheon, but after that, what next?
When I was just out of college, I worked a series of nannying jobs. I used to watch the children of one wildly stylish San Francisco mother who told me once as she got dressed for an evening out, "I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed." It really resonated with me, and every time I open my closet, to this day, I hear her voice in the back of my mind helping make my decisions about how to get dressed.
Like many women, I hit a serious bump in the road when my kids were babies. Existing on only several often non-consecutive hours of sleep for months on end, while also working a full-time job outside the home, made getting dressed seem like a Herculean effort and often, it was all I could do to crack one bleary eye open and reach for whatever was clean on the top of the laundry pile.
And, like so many women, my kids got older and easier and I was able to turn the volume up again on that voice in the back of my mind telling me how best to get dressed.
Suits have a power no one can deny. They are timeless, tailored, and so perfectly serious. Many professional men do not have the luxury to choose to wear a suit and tie. Women, however, can make a number of other professional wardrobe choices. The woman who chooses a suit sends a clear message to those who she encounters: I am confident.
For me, 2017 is already shaping up as The Year of the Suit in so many ways. Not only is it a classic menswear look I love to re-appropriate, but it is a year when I plan to take myself seriously. Fret not; I adore a good laugh as much as the next girl. In fact, I tell every expectant parent I meet that a good sense of humor is the most important parenting skill. But I've also reached a point in my life where the confidence I'm showing through fashion is truly reflective of the confidence I feel within myself. It is absolutely true that the more genuine, non-judgmental love you give yourself, the more love you find you have to give to others.
Suit up! I'll see you in 2017.