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Look Presentable Always

Looking presentable always. A concept that may seem obvious to many people, but is something I think we as a society desperately need to discuss.

Looking presentable on a daily basis may initially seem like a shallow and superficial concept, but really it is about so much more than appearances. It's about respect. It's about tradition. It's about honoring formalities that seem to be going by the wayside.

We've all seen people at the airport walking around in their pajamas. Or worse yet we've seen people wearing jeans and tennis shoes (or worse) to dressy events. When I see these things I am always reminded of my favorite film stars from the 30s and 40s like Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. What on earth would they think? They lived in a time when people used to dress beautifully for everything from airplane travel to running an errand at the corner store.

To hear more of my thoughts on the subject, check out this week's video. If you are unable to see the embedded video, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

This week I would love to know... what are your thoughts on looking presentable always?

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CiciBianca said...
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CiciBianca said...

You should love this by Coco Chanel

I don’t understand
how a woman
can leave the house
without fixing herself
up a little, if only out
of politeness.

And then, you never know,
maybe that’s the day
she has a date with destiny.

And it’s best to be
as pretty as possible
for destiny.

Coco Chanel

Kathryn Bechen said...

Oh, I agree with you and Coco, Jennifer! :)

Unknown said...

I can understand this. I'm really trying to make a better effort these days but i know the days i don't and i head out say to the market, then i feel really awful and wonder what others think of me. It really does affect your self-confidence.


karatio said...

I was definitely one of those people, but after reading your book, I have made a conscious effort to go out looking my best. I even got some cute pajamas and gave my old ratty sweats to the cats to cuddle with ;-)

LilyBart said...

Hi Jennifer

First, thank you for your book (I have my copy) and for the videos discussing the topics - very inspirational.

I have an off-topic question (sorry): can you tell me about the jazz piano music you have at the end of this video?

Thank you

Nanne said...

I do try to make an effort to look presentable in public, and I would never wear pajamas or a track suit outside of the home. I work in a rather casual environment, but the most casual outfit you'd ever see me in at work, would probably be well-fitting jeans, nice flats and a finely knit sweater in the spring and summer and a tunic sweater worn with skinny trousers and equestrian style boots in the winter. At home, however I like to put on my lounge wear, but I think that good loungewear can look sufficiently presentable at home as long as your're otherwise well groomed.

Unknown said...

The slightest amount of effort is worth it. No one regrets going out looking good, right?

Sheree said...

Jennifer, my husband and I were talking about this and feel people are buying nice cars and homes instead of taking care of themselves. It is as if their car is their clothing. It's a bad idea.

Unknown said...

Dear Jennifer,

I am a faithful follower of your blog and I so much enjoyed reading your book.
Recently I thought about this subject even more (even blogged about it), because as a new mother one seems to have less and less time for herself. However, I feel that looking presentable always or most of the times is possible.

Make-up, mani, pedi & a decent hair – it’s all doable, even at home, even by yourself and even with an inconsiderate stopwatch ticking in the background (okay, maybe not all of them at once).

The point is, you need and deserve to take care of yourself and feel, if not all glamorous and diva-looking, at least decent and pulled together. And if you find a million excuses to that, ask yourself this: how would you like your child to remember you? All pale, sloppy and grumpy, with a constant lunatic stare and wearing PJ’s or tracksuits 24/7? And what about your husband? How do you think he feels silently witnessing the decaying condition of the woman he loves?

I think answering these questions will give you some new perspective and motivation to put a bit of effort into it. It’s all worth it.

Lots of love,

liveyourlovoutloud said...

YES! I just wrote about how you can tell you are famous by always leaving the house ready to be photographed! I always do lipstick, but if I hadn't changed my outfit and put on makeup and restyled my hair....this Santa Claus picture would be scarier! Truly, TRULY! I love your book!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

I love all of your comments. What a fab poem by Coco Chanel! It seems we all agree on this. I'm always nervous with this topic because I'm afraid people will think it's superficial but you all get it. It's about so much more than just looks. It's about respect and not getting sloppy as a society.

LilyBart- the music at the end of the video is a generic jazz piece I used from Garage Band. I wish I could say I composed it!

I will revisit this topic again as I have much more to say on the subject!

Best wishes to you all xo