Yesterday I wore my beige jeans for the first time and a nice top and came to school sporting my sunglasses. I didn’t think I was dressed up enough to get any notice, but my friend Annie raved over me and my sunglasses exclaiming that I looked like Laura Croft (Tomb Raider), which made me laugh. It was flattering but I don’t think I quite looked like Laura Croft. She said all I needed was brown hair and to braid it. Annie was wearing a skirt in heels and I complimented her and said she was the one who looked really nice. She started talking about how she didn’t think it was going to be chilly today but it was after all and she was kind of cold. I took notice of this because I’ve tended to do the same thing when people have given me a compliment when I wear a skirt. I tend to thank them and babble about the weather automatically like I want to take the attention off me or something, haha. But I pay attention to it now and it does seem like a natural response for others too. It helps avoid any awkward pauses after compliments too I suppose if you can’t think of anything else to say after you’ve been complimented.
Today I wore a long flowy brown skirt and a fancy white top and sandals. It was kind of windy out and colder than yesterday, but I decided to go for it anyway. One of my friends asked why I was dressed so fancy today and I just said for the heck of it and why not. I was cold sometimes but for the most part I was inside and protected from the gusty winds outside. When Annie saw me at lunch she gushed over my outfit again and I thanked her and complimented our friend Emily since she was wearing a nice green dress.
It’s been nice dressing up and giving out more compliments. When I dressed up this morning, I just decided to focus on giving out compliments and not about what I was wearing. That way I’d feel less self-conscious about the change and more outwardly focused. The more I’m dressing up, the more I’m realizing that it’s a positive experience and no one thinks it’s weird to come dressed more fancily than the typical blue jeans and plain shirt. It’s kind of nice knowing that when I dress up I’m likely to get some positive feedback too.