Clothes make the man

And in this case … the WOMAN.

What we wear is an expression of our personalities, our likes, our moods. It reflects our attitudes and values.

My mom had a profound influence on me, she always looked her best whether she was going to church on Sunday or grocery shopping. She dressed with dignity.

Many mothers would go shopping with curlers in their hair, but not my mom. She had every hair in place and looked like she just stepped out of the beauty parlour. My mom was a hairdresser and did her own hair.

She inspired me in my appreciation of fashion and taking care of myself. She never even owned a pair of jeans until later in her life and only wore them for gardening. In my childhood days, I still picture her mowing the lawn in her cute coral capris and a pretty little sleeveless top.

Dress with dignity, dress for success.

If you want to wear gray jogging pants or frayed BF jeans or flannel pyjamas in public, you can. However, the old adage “you can’t judge a book by its cover” does not really work in society. For example, if you go to a job interview looking like you just finished cleaning your yard, doubt you will get the job because people DO judge by appearance.

Workout clothes are for working out and swimsuits are for swimming. So it is with other items which are suitable for the activity.

If you are invited to a wedding, the bride will not be impressed if you decide to show up wearing cut-off shorts. It would be disrespectful. You want to make her happy too. Dressing for the occasion is important.

Whether dressed up or dressed down, we can still dress with style. There are so many thrift shops and second-hand shops, you don’t need to be rich to dress well.

When I look my best, I feel my best.

Having said that, we must be careful not to be critical or judgemental of others because we don’t know what a person may be going through. There are so many heartaches and difficulties in life. But I’m talking about being lazy and not caring.

My outfit

I bought these crop pants last year and recently bought a matching Kimono-style trench coat. It’s great for traveling because I can mix and match: I can wear it with the matching crop pants or dress up my jeans. It’s a perfect blend of a dressy and casual look.

I love the Japanese inspired print. I’ve also worn it as a lounging robe at home and to host a dinner party.

It’s so interesting that human beings are the only ones of God’s creation that wear clothes. Clothes do more than just cover us from the elements: keeping us protected from the sun, warm in winter and dry in the rain. Clothes are a way that we reveal our creativity and individuality.

Dress with dignity and take pride in your appearance!

You are special and of great worth!

❤ carmen

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19 Responses to Clothes make the man

  1. utesmile says:

    I like the Kimono style and as you say you can vary what you wear it with. Looks lovely !

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  2. Clothes do make the woman Carmen! You might be shocked by this next part but I dont step outside dressed like a stepford wife everyday! (it would be fun though!) But I also dont leave the house in PJs or sweatpants ever. Its wonderful your Mom taught you how to dress leaving the house, I used always see women in curlers too! When you dress nice you definitely feel more confident in daily tasks. The kimono Jacket is gorgeous! It goes great with everything else and the navy top is really cute on you. I love the setting for your photos and those beautiful flowers . Have a blessed Sunday, Terri xo.

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  3. josep-maria says:

    You really are special and of great value! And not only for its beautiful outfits, for its beautiful way of dressing, it is also for the way you write, for the beautiful and interesting reflections that you raise. It is evident that the external aspect conditions in the relations, I do not believe that anyone doubts it, although it can not be the only element of judgment. But you have explained it perfectly in the post. I already opined last year of the beauty of this stamp on your pants, today I repeat it and I add the beauty of the kimono, everything together is perfect. Although it is also perfect with your casual blue look. It always excites me when you talk about your mother and her influence, I feel so close to you right now …

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you very much for your kind words which have brought a smile to my day Josep-Maria! I posted this for my mom’s birthday. We share our appreciation for fashion because of our mothers’ influence. But not only fashion, I’m thankful we both had caring mothers who raised us with love and kindness.

      You know how much I appreciate your comments and encouragement through these blogging years, my dear friend and fashion specialist! 🙂

      What a good memory you have that I wore these pants last year! I am wearing the Kimono right now as I reply!


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  4. You look great in that outfit. Those flowers behind you are lovely too

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  5. Jodie says:

    I couldn’t agree more, Carmen. Of course you know that my mom is always in her best when she goes out, so I’m sure I’m biased. And it’s hard not to be judgmental, yet trying to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes can make us realize that every person is fighting a different battle.
    I love this coat!! It’s such a statement piece!!

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you Jodie! We are blessed to have moms who are good examples for us and we’ve learned so much from them. You are very blessed to still have your mom and share such fun fashion adventures together!

      Today is my mom’s birthday and she’s my inspiration to write this post. 🙂



  6. My mom always dressed well, too. She had an understanding of what looked good on her (and me!) She was also an accomplished seamstress. When I was in university, other girls got junk food care packages from home (cookies, etc.) I got clothes my mom had made for me!

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks for sharing this about your mom! That is so special that she sent you clothes she made while you were in university! I’m sure she’s had a wonderful influence on you! 🙂



  7. Absolutely love this look . The color fits you. Beautiful summer color.

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