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Look Good Feel Better. Monday August 26, 2013

There was a post some time ago about the charity Look Good, Feel Better which helps women fight the visible and often distressing side effects of cancer treatment.

What though can we learn from this charity even if we have never experienced cancer? Well think of the truism that is the name of the charity: Look Good‚ Feel Better. It's nothing that we haven't heard before but as we can be leaky vessels we sometimes need a gentle reminder as to what can help keep our mood buoyant. If we are feeling more flat than sparkling, dressing down will not help the effervescence levels rise quickly.

In her book Sunbathing in The Rain, Gwyneth Lewis says: "You are the most important public you will ever have, so dress accordingly. Don't slop down to the post office with your pyjamas on under your trousers. Pick your favourite sweater and put on some lipstick. Why give the office all your best personal resources? Put on a suit to walk into town. Wax those legs, paint those nails!" Gwyneth Lewis was here talking about recovering from a depression but her words ring true for us wherever we are at on the Moodscope scale.

Isn't it heart lifting to see a nattily dressed individual? (Go to and I bet you'll want to don your best hat and bow tie to work tomorrow. The Satorialist takes photos of everyday folk looking quirky and dapper.)

It is thought that wearing makeup (ladies) can actually boost our immune system; because when we look good we really do feel better thus boosting our body's resources. Surely if this is the case, we would all feel healthier if we dressed better than we feel. Why keep clothes or jewellery "for best"? If it makes you feel good then wear it.

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Littlemoo Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 8:18am

So you're saying a woman can't possibly look good unless she wears make-up??

Adam Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 9:03am

I have to urge caution on this one! Taking care of oneself is one thing, but there is such pressure in our society to look good, "dress to impress" etc, and such false value attributed to appearance, that this can be a source of great anxiety and sense of failure in my opinion.

William Oliver Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:03am

Above all else - to thin own self be TRUE ! Hamlet

William Oliver Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:12am

Hence we do not need to follow the World blindly - often the World misleads/disceives ?

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:31am

You're reading this post too negatively.

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:41am

This post is not 'dress to impress',- at worst, dress to impress oneself, which is often just what we need.
Of course, if you carry this to extremes,it will have negative results. So, even your negative remark can have a positive outcome by helping people avoid such dangers.

Rowan Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 11:29am

Such an emotive topic; I wonder why? I know that if I go to the trouble of adding a squirt of scent, I feel bolstered against the world. I hardly ever wear make-up - including nail varnish - and I haven't waxed since the 1980s; but if I am clean and my hair is clean and I'm wearing clothes which I feel suit me, I know my whole attitude about myself improves.
I am aware of the WWII propaganda campaign which exhorted women never to leave home without their lipstick on "for the war effort" and lipstick stayed off the ration list until after a feminist all my life - and a bra burning one at that - this has irked my soul.
However; at 60 next birthday, I am now admitting to myself that actually, looking good, for myself and for no other reason, helps my mood and makes me feel much more positive.
Thank you for today's post; it is a really interesting and thought provoking one.

Lostinspace Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 3:33pm

This is really true but so hard to do. I Know I am depressed when I wear the same clothes the next day (with clean underwear!) and when I find it incredibly hard to choose what to wear. I personally find choosing what to wear incredibly hard and burdensome and often think with envy of Einstein - his brain but also the fact that he had 7 suits, one for each day of the week. End of problem and get on with the important stuff in life. I dislike looking in the mirror although I never look as bad as I feel. However, I always wear lipstick to leave the house now that I am older although I have dispensed with eye make-up for all but special occasions. When I was young though I wouldn't have dreamed of leaving the house without "my eyes".
I don't know really. This post is spot on but how to carry it out? When I feel "down" it is really hard to dress "up"! Maybe I should hang the stuff that looks good together on one hanger instead of putting trousers in one place and shirts in another?

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 4:06pm

The bottom line rings the truist

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 4:07pm

"if it makes YOU feel good, then wear it"

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:01pm

I like this post and agree with it so much. Too many people in Britain walk our streets looking like they just don't care about their appearance. I find this sad. Maybe if they just made a little effort and by that I simply mean wearing clean, nicely pressed clothes that fit well, it might just make a difference and at least give them a degree of pride in themselves. We can be attractive and stylish without spending money we don't have on what's fashionable at any given point in time.

Anonymous Mon, Aug 26th 2013 @ 10:07pm

......p.s The above comment isn't a reply to the previous two! By the way I'm a big fan of "The Sartorialist" too Suzy.

a friend Fri, Aug 30th 2013 @ 7:37am

what makes you feel good Suzy

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