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The Story of the Popped Collar…

Not so long ago a friend of my mine had an early doctor’s appointment.  It was 9:30 in the morning, a quick stop at the office and then back home.  While there she noticed an older woman wearing capris and a white shirt with the collar popped… Her bag and accessories were on point and all said she looked dynamite; chic and polished.  After seeing this woman in all her fashionista glory my friend did what any other woman would do… post about it on Facebook.  She spoke admiringly of this woman while she also spoke about her annoyance at herself for wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

She and I have talked about this chic stranger many times.  This woman’s style, that I was not even privy to, left an impression on me. I mean how many times have we all said: “I’m just going to the doctor” or “I’m just making a run to the grocery store” or whatever errand it was that did not warrant our effort on that day or on any of those days.  

This woman was just running an errand too.  BUT she lives her style and that’s the point.  It shouldn’t matter if you’re going to pick up chicken for dinner or meeting your husband for lunch, the latter of which I assume you dress for the occasion.  You should always look chic and polished.  

We and the collective we I’m speaking about here is the up at 3 am stay at home mom, or the work 40 hours a week and crap I forgot the bread for Saturday morning mom, the I’m wearing the same pants for the third day in a row with a food stain on the leg mom or the nobody will notice anyway mom.  We put off looking our best because we are waiting for something “special”.  We’re waiting for the perfect day, the perfect weather, the perfect event or even for when we feel “up to making the effort” ….whatever we tell ourselves…we’re waiting…

For what?!

Don’t wait!  Every day is an opportunity to look great and feel great.  The bottom line is: we look how we feel and we feel how we look.  

Wear the leopard pumps.  

Wear the red jacket.  

Wear the shirt with the popped collar.  

The popped collar is not just a wardrobe choice. The popped collar is a state of mind.  It’s showing your confidence and showing you’re chic.  The popped collar is walking into a room confidently.   The popped collar is inspiring others to be their best. We have all dropped our kids off to school and eyed some chic mom or teacher and thought “I need to look like that”.  Be the mom in the school yard that makes everyone else think that they need to up their game!  We all know ‘that woman’…why shouldn’t it be you?

Pop the collar… pass it on