New Year, New You

That title may be a little overused, but sometimes oldies are goodies.  The new year gets me reflecting on this last day of 2014.  Is 2014 going down in the memory books as a good one, or not so good?

For Clean’n’Press it has been another year of dirty laundry!  Without that dirty laundry, you wouldn’t be reading this wonderful new blog.  I am thankful for new adventures.  So, with that in mind, please tell me what it is about this time of year that gets us in the mood for reflecting and wanting to make improvements in our lives.  Do you have a New Years Resolution?  Let me know what that is, if you care to share.

One that comes to my mind is a saying that I’ve repeated quite a few times this year: “Look good, Do good”.  Now, that isn’t to be confused with superficial appearances.  That isn’t what I have in mind.  What I do have in mind is that I believe that we perform better, work harder, care a little bit more about ourselves and the people we choose to be around, when we all try to put our best-dressed self forward.  I’m not saying that you have to have the newest trend or the most expensive suit, with a “Designer Name” sewn on the inside.  No, no,  that’s not it at all.  What I’m saying is this: how many of you remember your parents, grandparents, great grandparents and the clothing that they used to wear?  I do.  My grandfather, no longer with us, used to wear a full three-piece suit on weekends.  This was in the late 1930’s.  He truly wanted to present his best self to the public when he was out.  This is how he met his future wife.  Dressed in a suit to go dancing on a Saturday night.  During the week (weekends too) he was a Farmer.  But come the weekend, it was time to let loose and have a little fun, it was time to get dressed up.  It was fun for him to change out of his “work clothes” and put his best self forward a couple times a week.  It paid off too, right Grandma??  This is one of my earliest memories of how to dress, well.

I wish as the year turns, that our current standards for getting dressed would include thinking about the phrase, “Look Good, Do Good”.  Take off the pajama bottoms and leave them on your bed (lady at Bakers Square, I’m talking to you).  Find some dress slacks and get dressed.  Go out into the day dressed like you are going to DO GOOD.  Even if you’re just going to the grocery store or the dry cleaners.  People will take notice, they will take you seriously.  It’s hard sometimes to get out of a rut that you have found works for you.  No one has objected, right?  Wrong.  We all do better when we put our best-dressed selves forward.

That guy (or gal!) over there with the suit on- I’m watching you!!  (and not the one with the pants hanging doooown…)

Share with me your resolutions, your style memories, or anything.  I’m listening.



The Diva herself, in downtown St. Paul

The Diva herself, in downtown St. Paul – 2014


2 thoughts on “New Year, New You

  1. Kit S says:

    Thanks, Dry Clean Diva – you’ve said what I’ve been telling my kids all along.

    If you want to have a great life (more than a “fine, thank you” kind of life), start by taking care of yourself: get sleep, take a shower, eat healthfully and dress becomingly.

    Happy New Year

  2. Misry Chick says:

    I love your New Year, New You. I cannot tell you the times I am appalled at the outfits I see – grocery stores, airplanes, stores and work! Leggings are NOT pants, no matter how convinced people are in their own minds. Especially with short tops. Thank you for this.

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