Sunday, April 22, 2012

What's Your Excuse for Not Being Stylish?

Here is a recent email I received from a woman who had used every excuse in the book (is there really a book with excuses in it?) as to why she could NOT ever be stylish. Does any of this sound familiar to you? 

The truth is: you really can improve your life when you realize that looking good DOES include you. You will feel more confident, accept the skin you are in and oozes a positive attitude that will be contagious! What have you got to lose? Style is for you! You don't need the 'perfect' body, you don't have to be 'young and hot'...just show YOUR style and you'll rock! 


Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants  

What's your excuse for not being more stylish?

It's difficult to put into words a description of the transformation that occurred when I discovered you three years ago. I subscribed to several of the excuses you mentioned: no money, stay-at-home-mom, no money, trying to dress conservatively, and why get rid of clothes if they could possibly fit you someday, especially when you had "no" money? 

Since becoming a Smarty Pants SYSter, however, I discovered the liberation of purging my closet of clothes I no longer loved or which did not flatter me. You showed me how to dress for my body type and which colors complemented me. The change seemed expensive at first, as I did not even have correct-fitting basics, but I have to say that your advice is extremely economical, especially when you figure the cost-per-wear of each item! Today I have far fewer clothes than I have ever owned, and I still need to update my wardrobe. However, thanks to the motivation of looking great, I have also dropped 25 pounds! I have learned to shop much more efficiently by passing by items that would never flatter me! Again, I cannot adequately express all that you've done for me, but if I could, I'd give you a big hug! Thanks for this treasure of a service for us women! Sincerely, Corinne


  1. My excuse for not being as stylish as I could be is weight gain. I lost 3 stones last year and it gave me great style options now I am really struggling as nothing looks as good as it did 1 stone ago. Yes I gained 1 stone since Christmas. I know what to do to fix it and will never ever let my weight go so out of control again. Karyn, Scotland

  2. Karyn,

    It is quite true that when we feel we've gain some weight we don't feel so good about our outer appearance. You make a fabulous point...try not to let your weight gain get out of control. When you feel pretty in control of most areas of your life you keep a more positive outlook in general!

    (By the way I LOVE the photos you sent me this week! Our new MSP website will be up and running tomorrow and I'm going to share your photos in Tuesday's style blog! Thanks for being my SYSter!

    Love, Leslie


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