By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM and Dani Slaugh, Conselle Affiliate
Ever had one of those moments when you realized something about your appearance just wasn’t right? Like a big piece of parsley was stuck on your tooth when you were speaking to your boss? Or after being out and about all day, you realize that your shoes don’t match? How about dancing at your cousin’s wedding when all of a sudden, in the middle of the line dance number, your slip falls off? We’ve all had our own luck with a clothing catastrophe at one time or another in our lives.
I was in the middle of a lecture on how dress can communicate personality, and was about to assume a marvelous model stance to make a particular point. (You know the stance – right foot pointed straight ahead, left foot directly behind and at an angle, back arched and body slanted slightly back, with head held erect.) My next move was to slip my hands into the pocket of my jumper, creating that very sophisticated “cool and collected” look. But as I slid my hands down to hip level, my fingers flapped around a little seeking the side seam pockets. Panic! Where were my pockets? I had worn that jumper dozens of times and they had always been there before. I lowered my head
slightly in an attempt to casually spot the source of the trouble, and realized that my students were studying me curiously. Rigor mortis was beginning to set into my left leg. “How long can I hold this pose?” I thought. “Dare I look down?” By this time, students were grinning full face, some of them collapsing in loud laughter over the joke that was on me. It was time to look. “Oh terrific,” I thought, as I realized I had my jumper on backwards. The pockets were still there, but how “cool and collected” could I look with my hands shoved into misplaced pockets? Somehow I had clearly blown my image. So, what do you do when you’ve blown it? You smile. You chuckle. Then you laugh right out loud along with everyone else. It was the best joke of the day.
Let’s face it. Even when you’ve done your very best to present and attractive and accurate image of yourself, don’t ever take yourself too seriously. And don’t ever lose your ability to laugh at yourself. If you’ve got a good story to share, post your comment so we can all have a good laugh.
Oh, and here are a few ideas on how to wear jumpers….turned the right way around.