Dress Yourself Better When Your Are Sick – A Theory


I have been sick for almost a month now and during my lengthy illness, I have had the time to develop a theory. It might just be possible to dress yourself better. Of course, I’m not implying that fashion can replace antibiotics or that vivid eyeshadow can act as a stand-in for decongestants, but in their way they can work their own kind of magic.

My normal inclination when I am feeling unwell is to slip into one of my dressing gowns and snuggle up. This is all well and good for a weekend, or a week at a stretch. But when your period of malaise exceeds a fortnight and you must drag yourself from your sickbed and once more return to the real world, this is when your clothes and makeup have the potential to be better than cough syrup.

While my body is refusing to improve, I have instead turned to my wardrobe and dressing table in an effort to good vibe myself better. Surely bright colours and playful textures would do the trick?



In a way, yes. My mood was vastly improved which helped me forget all about being sick. Until my throat tearing cough popped up again that is. But mostly I felt less sorry for myself. I mean when you are wearing something that makes you feel good, how could you not?

For this is the power of fashion, the clothes that we wear tell an external story, which doesn’t always match our internal one. And although they don’t always match, they can have an impact on one another.

Next time you are feeling sick, try and dress yourself better and see what happens.

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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