The greatest gift I recently received was rekindling my friendship with my childhood best friend, Alexa. We planned getting together for weeks and when we finally did, I didn’t know what to wear that would make an amazing impression after ten years of not seeing her.
Alexa is less of a funky dresser than I am and she loves wearing skinny jeans and heeled boots. Paired with my 90’s teen boy style, next to each other we look like the most badass duo.
Our style differences are one of the reasons our friendship has rekindled so swimmingly. It not only brings us together, but it also gives us something to talk about.
When asking her how she prepared for this momentous meeting, she said “When I get ready to see a friend, I take a moment to think about what mood am I in and where am I going (smoke weed on a roof, cute bar in West Village, dive bar in East Village, blah blah). For example, when I saw you for the first time in January, I was super excited, I took into account that I was going to a cute and intimate place in the West Village, and I also wanted to have my personality show through my clothing, considering I hadn’t seen you in so long. I wore my fave pieces at the time—a beautiful burnt orange coat, knitted long sleeve white crop top and high waisted jeans.”
If that isn’t fabulous, I don’t know what is!
So how do you prepare to meet and old friend or a new friend? The answer is to use your best judgement. Is your friend as funky of a dresser as you or are they more monotone?
The best advice I can give is to show off your personal style in the most unique way you can while using your best judgment to make sure you aren’t making it all about you. A friendship is a two way street and the last thing you’d want to do is wear a mascot costume with mismatching shoes and scare away your new friend.