All dressed up and nowhere to go
With a global pandemic and household controls at the forefront of our lives, worry about our appearance has naturally diminished. Suddenly we went from our best everyday looks to wearing the same pair of sweatpants for the third time this week.
Don't worry, I'm just as guilty.
Always optimistic, I came to the conclusion that if I wanted to maintain some sense of myself, I should keep doing what makes me sane. Over the past 6 weeks in quarantine, every Friday I have regularly gotten used to hosting a digital happy hour through my instagram.
To be clear, I'm not doing this to maintain my social influence. Dressing on Fridays brought back a touch of normalcy in my life that I never thought I would take for granted. A routine that helped me start my day with confidence had been taken away from me and to be honest I felt weird without it.
Getting dressed again also allowed me to make better use of my closet. Each week I challenged myself to wear different clothes that I might not have worn together otherwise. It has been refreshing and I strongly encourage others to try it.
Hosting this happy hour gave me the freedom to connect with some HSS readers. I am honored by the continuous group of gentlemen who join me every week, sending me pictures of their looks, cocktail in hand.
I look forward to continuing this Friday tradition. If you are interested, join me via my instagram every Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Steven D. Elliott
He spoke of style
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