Style Confidential: Fancy

One day at work recently, someone said to me, “You look great today. Somebody needs to see you!” (“Somebody” meaning someone like a date, not my co-workers.) My son often breezes by me in the morning with a quick, “You look awfully fancy today.” While many of my friends can don jeans, a pair of low heels, a chandelier earring and a bracelet and look perfectly polished and suitable for a night out—I, in the same thing, might feel underdressed for anything other than the most casual of occasions; it seems that the barometer for level of dressiness is much higher for me (in my own head, of course). I think this might be because I treat every day of my life as another opportunity to play dress up.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m not strutting around in empire-waist gowns and tiaras on a daily basis (even though I SO would)...

..but one might be hard-pressed to find me in a heel shorter than 3” high, and my daily clothing item of choice is a dress or skirt. So I recognize that perhaps I do more with my styling than the average person might deem necessary on a daily basis; but that is what makes sense for me. Getting dressed in the morning is an adventure in creativity. It gives me an opportunity to decide how I want to present myself that day, and to dress accordingly. Whether I decide upon looking exceptionally girly, polished and professional, trendy or otherwise, there is a level of confidence that comes with knowing that I look my best and that translates into feeling my best.

In my world, style = confidence. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing as long as you’re being true to whom you are, to what fits well and to what makes you smile with the assurance that you’re putting your best foot forward. What are some of the things that make you feel at your best? Is it heels and a dress or skirt like me? Or do you prefer jeans and sneakers? I would love to hear all about it! Do share, Dolls!


  1. First, I love, love, love Ms. Audrey Hepburn! She is one of my style and humanitarian idols. With that said, I believe in being classically stylish at all times. Though as I get older I lean towards style AND comfort. I will never be the woman that commutes in a skirt and sneakers, but I will rock the cute flats on the train till I break out my heels in the office. Especially at work, there are folks in jeans and dressed extremely casual - but I must say, I don't feel officially dressed until I'm DRESSED and in heels 3' or better.

  2. This is so you. Hence the nickname "Big Time". Your niece is a girl after your own heart. She's Fancy Jr.

    Oh, but to answer your question - I feel amazing in anything that fits well and makes me feel graceful. Like Brown Babe, I'm all about style AND comfort. Because when I'm not comfortable, I'm SOOOO not graceful. :)

  3. I admire you ladies for opting for style and comfort. I believe I have matured to that point in the clothing department, but I will still endure the pain for a beautiful shoe. What's most important to me though, is what works really well with my shape and body type.

    GG-I love "Fancy Jr"! That little one and I are going to have so many adventures in fashion. We've already started with the famous tutu skirt! :-)

  4. don't feel bad! I often get that a lot. During my pregnancy I got told on a daily basis "You look so cute every day even though you're pregnant!". I have had to stop wearing heels sadly because I realize that my swollen ankles don't mix with them but maternity clothing didn't too much fit me. I am ALWAYS fabulous. And I feel that like you said, everyday is an opportunity to play dress up! Great post :)

  5. Ayanna, I love to see a fabulous pregnant lady! It just makes them doubly adorable. Good for you!


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