Give it about seven days...

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Leisure -

I HAVE a royal blue dress which I bought un­der duress from the sales lady at some cloth­ing store in town.

At the time of the pur­chase, I didn’t quite like the dress and didn’t wear it much. But one day, I de­cided to give the dress a chance and fell madly in love with it.

It was so com­fort­able, the royal blue gave off a per­fectly classy look and the de­sign cre­ated a flaw­less sil­hou­ette. The dress made it seem like I’m liv­ing it up, yet it’s just a sim­ple fash­ion piece.

With time, I dis­cov­ered I could dress it up or down with all sorts of ac­ces­sories and shoes. It be­came such a jewel and made it to the list when­ever it mat­tered most.

But just the other day, as I was do­ing my fi­nal checks in front of the full-length mir­ror at the end of our hall­way, my brother passed a re­mark.

He said, “Is that the only dress you own?” Well, of course it wasn’t but I liked it. On the de­fen­sive, I side-eyed him and asked, “Why do you say that?” His an­swer was quite sim­ple. “You’re al­ways wear­ing it,” he said.

There was noth­ing par­tic­u­larly wrong with the dress, I’d just been wear­ing it too many times in such a short space of time.

Of course I hadn’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion to THAT but he had ob­served that within the two weeks he’d been home vis­it­ing, I’d worn the dress three times al­ready.

And he was right; I wasn’t giv­ing the dress a break. I mean, why should I have been giv­ing it a break— I love it and it’s so damn com­fort­able!

I know for sure I’m not the only one who has abused a piece of cloth­ing in this life­time.

For one rea­son or the other, there’s that one piece of cloth­ing that you must wear ev­ery week.

You prob­a­bly see noth­ing wrong with it but on­look­ers do. They no­tice and will prob­a­bly start think­ing that’s all you own. So, give it about seven days to breathe. If you can avoid it, don’t wear the same piece of cloth­ing twice dur­ing the same week.

Un­less you mas­ter the art of ro­ta­tion, it’ll al­ways seem like you’re a fash­ion novice if you keep wear­ing the same clothes to­gether, re­peat­edly.

It could be that pair of black chi­nos or the crisp white shirt — neu­tral colours yes, but al­ways try to utilise your whole wardrobe.

Mix things up a lit­tle bit and be­lieve me; you’ll en­joy your wardrobe more. Be­sides peo­ple think­ing you need to turn things up a notch as far as your wardrobe game is con­cerned, wear­ing the same clothes re­peat­edly wears them out much faster.

They’ll have to be washed and ironed more of­ten. The more the washes, the more the gar­ment loses its lus­tre and the less de­sir­able it will be­come.

Maybe you wear the same things be­cause you feel you just don’t have enough or the right kind of clothes.

It’s not un­til you learn ro­ta­tion and re-in­ven­tion that you’ll re­alise get­ting your threads ready for the day doesn’t have to be an emo­tional roller coaster ride.

Some­times, all it takes to look good is match­ing a bright red pair of shoes with an equally bright red lip­stick.

In­stead of wear­ing the same blazer with the same pair of jeans and shirt, layer the blazer with a dif­fer­ent top and pair of pants or shorts.

Ro­ta­tion is key in en­sur­ing your wardrobe re­mains vi­brant and gives peo­ple the im­pres­sion that your wardrobe is a cloth­ing bou­tique, which you and I al­ready know it’s not!

Dress­ing up oth­er­wise sim­ple pieces with jew­ellery or shoes could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween fab­ric “slayage” and a fash­ion faux pas.

Feed­back from “Rock­ing leg­gings like a boss”

I thor­oughly en­joyed your ar­ti­cle. It’s true, girls in leg­gings are ter­ror­is­ing us. They’re right in our faces, it’s ac­tu­ally re­volt­ing. – Thandiwe

Your ar­ti­cles are to­tally amaz­ing Yoliswa. – @co­da­cane­mu­sic

I just vis­ited your blog for the first time and re­alised I’m not util­is­ing you enough. You’re do­ing a great job, keep it up. – Em­press

Un­til next week, flaunt your pat­tern and style and don’t for­get to catch up with me on Twit­ter han­dle @Yolis­swa, visit my blog, www.stay­ or like my Face­book page Pat­tern & Style.

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