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First Impressions

2012 August 23
by elizabeth_admin

Next week is the first week of Kindergarten for Jack.  We are still house hunting unfortunately, so I am not sure which school Jack will be attending for sure yet.  He is registered for one, but we might end up going to another.  It’s a little stressful for me to not know where he will end up I have to admit.  I would like to know before school starts on Monday, but it’s not likely.  Today we went to the meet and greet the Kindergarten teachers at the school at which he is already registered.  It was so sweet to see Jack meet some new kids.


We were both nervous to meet new parents and kids.  So we both wore our power clothes.  Because, as you know, first impressions are important.  Jack wore his favorite t-shirt with Sonic the Hedgehog on it.  If you don’t know who Sonic is, please don’t ask me.  I have no clue.  All I know is that he lives for Sonic, so he now owns two Sonic t-shirts, a Sonic lunch bag, a Sonic hat, and a whole slew of Sonic toys.

What did I wear you ask?  My Christian La Croix skirt of course.

Fabric from Elliott Berman Textiles


This picture was taken the year I made the skirt. Today I wore it with a black silk sweater.


I felt “put together” and confident wearing this skirt.  I even received an unsolicitation from one of the moms today.  This Christian La Croix brocade is a statement fabric.  It speaks for me.  It was perfect to wear for today’s busy schedule.  And as I looked around the room at all the moms, it seems I chose my outfit well.  I fit right in.

All in all it was a pretty good, if tiring, day for Jack and me.  We were at two schools, went to 4 events from 10-4pm, and met countless parents, teachers, kids, and principals. I have never shook so many hands or met so many people in one day before.   Jack fell asleep in the back of the car on the way home from the second school.

When I first moved to San Diego over a month ago (has it already been that much time now?), I thought I wouldn’t have enough of a self-made wardrobe for my new life.  But now I know that there’s a time and place for all the dresses and skirts I made for my NYC life too.  Soon I will be starting my new work life and I will need, once again, work-appropriate clothing and my self-made wardrobe from NYC will come in handy.

What do you wear to important life events or to make first  impressions?  Do you pull out something you’ve made or something RTW?  Do you think about it much?  Do you wear your lucky underwear?

12 Responses leave one →
  1. August 23, 2012

    Beautiful skirt! I also had an event today that I needed to dress to impress for! As my handmade wardrobe expands, I’ve been able wear many of these items for important dates.

  2. August 23, 2012

    beautiful skirt and I am so happy that it was perfect for today. I definitely wear my self-made clothes on important days. In fact, my recent white linen jacket and knit dress are both garments I had planned to sew and wear in New York, but they turned out to be perfect for me in Maryland.

    Maybe I have a certain New York mindset that actually is just my authentic true self and it belongs anywhere. How profound. I just thought that up. Just now.

    So yeah, this was about you, not me. Right. Bittersweet times!! I remember Laura’s first days of kindergarten like it was yesterday. He’s your wonderful little man now. Good job, mom.

  3. August 23, 2012

    I definitely understand wanting to make a good first impression, and most of the clothes I reach for are me-made (or at least part of the outfit is anyway).

  4. August 23, 2012

    Kindergarten! It’s so exciting. The skirt is great, too. Good luck with the house hunting.

  5. August 23, 2012

    Beautiful skirt. I always try to wear something smart when I can anywhere near my daughter’s school. Partly for myself, but also from the memories of hiding my mother as she approached the school wearing hideous and unsuitable clothing.

  6. August 24, 2012

    Nice, it’s a very pretty skirt and it’s great that you felt comfortable and positive during the all important first day!

  7. annie permalink
    August 24, 2012

    Lucky underwear! Made me smile.

  8. August 24, 2012

    I think first impressions are really important. I usually pull out something I’ve made that I’m very comfortable in and I think reflects my personal style. It’s a good conversation starter and I don’t feel self-conscious in it. As for lucky underwear, that’s only if it’s a romantic situation 😉

  9. August 24, 2012

    More often than not, I pick something self made in those situations. It really does give me a boost to know it’s mine. If for some reason I can’t do much self made outer clothing, then for sure I’ll be wearing me-made undergarments.

  10. August 24, 2012

    You KNOW I always wear my lucky underwear for special occasions. Anything else that ends up over them is entirely arbitrary…
    GREAT skirt!!!

  11. Jodie permalink
    August 24, 2012

    Yup, back to school time is busy! I’m a home ec teacher and right in the middle of all the set up/planning etc. Hang in and have fun! Good luck with finding the house/school.
    As to what I wear on “important” occasions (well, important to me, anyway). I want to wear items that make me feel put together and confident. That usually translates to items I’ve sewn myself – but not always (I’ve got an awesome red jacket that I absolutely love – but bought). But with my sewn items – I know they fit, they look good, there will be no wardrobe malfunctions etc….so that just adds to my “put together” feel. Lucky underwear – not so much, but I only have comfy undies these days – why wear anything else!

    And, yes, I know who Sonic the HedgeHog is. My boy is 14 (!), but I remember when Sonic was a big deal here. Now it’s about texting and girls and getting to the mall to hang out…..sigh

  12. August 27, 2012

    Love the La Croix skirt! Definitely a power outfit. I wear a mix of RTW & self-made outfits when I want to feel confident. Usually grey or black are my go-tos.

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