One of the side effects, for me, of being so overweight for so long, was that I really didn’t care much about my appearance. Am I clean? Do I smell good? If I could answer yes to those questions I was good to leave the house.
Being overweight doesn’t mean someone is not attractive. I know many overweight women who look great, but I have always felt like I was missing the “beauty secrets” gene. I almost had a panic attack in an Ulta Beauty Store once, as I felt so out of place and was certain that everyone else in the store knew it.
It has helped that I have mostly had jobs where scrubs were required as part of a dress code. I haven’t even had the freedom to pick the color- it has been navy blue (ugly), gray (even uglier) and forest green (better, but the shortest lived color choice). However, no one could tell I lacked fashion sense- we all looked the same.
As I lost weight, I found myself much more interested in how I looked and I raised the bar a little higher than “clean”. I have found I like pretty things and clothes shopping is not the chore I once considered it to be. The dress code at my main job is either business casual or scrubs and I have been opting to look cute.
However, in recent weeks, I have had a desire to simplify and and declutter things in my life. It struck me how much easier managing my work wardrobe would be if I went back to wearing scrubs. There are no worries about matching shoes or accessories. I don’t have to figure out which items have to be washed or dried a particular way. They are amazingly easy to wear and lightweight enough to combat the heat in Houston.
I am in my second week of wearing scrubs and have been delighted to find this plan works as well as I thought it would. I am very comfortable and it certainly has simplified getting ready in the morning.
I did make one allowance for style and picked a pretty color- it’s called azalea and I love it!