Choosing what to wear requires more than just covering our bodies, it also says what image we would like to project to the world. Many of us would like our clothes to make us look attractive and appealing. What I termed the classic women or “girl next door”. Her style is consistently classic. From her pumps heals, to her oxford top.
Retail therapy is defined as, “shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s mood or disposition”. What about dressing with that same purpose? It’s been proven that when you look good you feel good. Tailoring your wardrobe to bring out the best you possible is fashion therapy. Dressing with purpose instead of just throwing on any old thing is key. Tapping into your own brand of personal style can bring out the real you and shed light on aspects of your personality and character that you didn’t even know were there.
Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet… but, is it good for you?
I tend to stick to preppy, traditional, classic style. I have an affinity for all-American fashion. For me, style is all about going for pieces that have stood the test of time and are universally flattering and useful for multiple occasions. My style philosophy is “Keep it simple, sweetie.” Granted, such a style philosophy could land me in a rut, so I try to mix things up by adding a pop of color or an interesting pattern here and there. Nonetheless, I strive to maintain a look that is clean, chic and appropriate for any occasion. Below, here’s a list of the top ten pieces that I always have in my closet. For buying information, click on the image:
It’s often said that fashion influences confidence for the worst-but, I’m not sure I agree completely with that statement.
There’s no doubt that we live in an image-obsessed society. Every day, we’re bombarded with messages on how to appear “perfect” on the outside in order to hide any imperfections we may have, real or imagined.
This has caused many to assume that those who put so much effort into their appearance are simply trying to mask their insecurities, using vanity as a cover-up. While I can’t say that this assumption is completely false, I can say that this is the exception, not the rule.
Truth be told, putting effort into your appearance isn’t about faking self-confidence. Fashion influences confidence for the better, if you use it properly. This is how:
We all have the ability to use fashion as a tool to communicate how we feel on the inside. Further, whether you’re aware of it or not, we already use fashion to communicate how we feel about ourselves on the inside.
Personally, I used to be very insecure about my figure- and my clothes reflected this. I hid my curves behind oversized t-shirts, dull colors and minimal effort. I was trying my best to get others to look away from me and remain hidden. However, as I got older I finally made peace with my body and, once again, my appearance reflected that. My clothes started to actually fit. I embraced color. I settled on my favorite shade of lipstick. I had a spring in my strut and a sway in my hips. These days, I see a woman that looks just as beautiful as she feels. Even on the days I don’t feel all that great about myself, I still put genuine effort into my appearance; doing so reminds me that I am beautiful in my own way and I am worth the effort.
You, too, are also worth the effort. Using fashion to boost your self-confidence is not about pretending to be “perfect” or becoming a slave to the latest trends. It’s about reflecting your own inner beauty and personifying the fabulous diva that lives inside of you.