Have you been following our open house tour? Are you going on an open house tour of your own? If so, please dress comfortably! My open house tour lessons learned #5: wear comfortable clothing! By the time we reached the 4th house, my semi-new flats were chewing into the big toe on my left foot. I put a band-aid on the toe before we went in and that helped alleviate the discomfort, but I was sure wishing I'd just worn my regular shoes. Heck, I even wore riding/hiking boots at my wedding, what the heck was I thinking to not be wearing them on our 10-house trek?!
I was also in jeans and a presentable but thick shirt, so I was roasting and sweating in the unseasonal heat. I'd thought trying to look semi-dressed up would be worth the potential discomfort. I think I was wrong, especially as compared to other open house visitors. People were in shorts, t-shirts, sandals, etc., all screaming (silently of course) of their comfort and coolness.
Even some of the people holding the houses open were in shorts and t-shirts with no badge or other official-looking indicators. I'm not so sure I would do that if I were in their shoes as it made them very hard to distinguish from the visitors! So lesson learned #5a = when holding a house open, be sure to look professional and have a way for visitors to easily identify you as the official go-to person.
I think, though, that even in an official capacity, the clothing needs to be comfortable. Professional, yes, but also comfortable. When I think professional in terms of clothing I think neat, clean, of nice quality. Business casual perhaps, not necessarily suits and ties, or heels and pearls. To me, clothing choice would even be a safety-related concern as well (and for me heels are never ever safe for my ankles or toes) -- Can I safely navigate the different levels of the home? Can I carry all my important items in pockets so I don't worry about leaving valuables unattended at times? Can I run in this outfit if needed?
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