It’s true, we are all guilty of the “what are you wearing” text to your friend before you go out, or when you spend hours trying on clothes at the store but leave empty-handed.
Finding confidence in your style is not an easy thing to accomplish. It has taken me awhile to figure out my style and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t have one. You may or may not either. Having a set in stone style is not what the goal is here, the goal is to feel confident in anything you are wearing whether it’s considered trendy or not. By following these steps you will help build your confidence when flipping through the clothing rack at any retail store, or even your own closet!
1. LOVE YOUR BODY!
Clothes are just accessories to your own beautiful body. They accentuate who you are. It is like putting frosting on top of a cake. If you think the base of the cake is not beautiful, you will not think the frosting looks good either. Love your body because you will love your clothing so much more.
2. LOVE YOURSELF FROM WITHIN!
Know who you are. Your clothing represents the type of person you are. Purchase things that will compliment your personality in a positive way.
Research styles that you have passion in. If you happen to love music from the 70s, look through their style. Find pieces that are similar to pieces in your closet and resurface them to the world!
4. PAY ATTENTION TO THE FIT!
Sometimes sizes are not accurate. There may be a pair of jeans that you have in one size in a particular style but in another style, you may be a different size. This happens all the time and it is because of the manufacturer or stores sizing chart.
5. DO NOT COMPARE!
I find this very hard. Stepping into a social gathering and realizing your outfit is a bit different than everyone else’s is a scary thought but it should not set you back or ruin your confidence.
6. TRY THINGS ON!
This is very important. But can also cause issues because of the beloved online shopping we all know and love. Try things on in stores because they may look cute on the rack, but you may just not love them on your body. When you try things on, you go home knowing that you will feel confident in your purchase because you already know what it looks like on your body.
7. BE PHYSICALLY COMFORTABLE IN YOUR CLOTHES!
Who said beauty is pain? I do not agree. When your picking out an outfit or buying clothes from the store, make sure you are comfortable in them physically and mentally.
8. FIND A FASHION ROLE MODEL!
Do not copy fashion but rather find inspiration. Copying someone else’s outfit may lead to comparing. Find inspiration from other peoples outfits but add your own twist to it.
9. ASSESS YOUR CLOSET!
Look through your closet and find the clothing items that may make you feel less confident, maybe because they are too tight, too big, etc. Resell these pieces or donate them.
10. ALWAYS DRESS YOUR BEST!
This is important for your mental state. Dressing up for class or even just to go to the library will help you feel confident in whatever you are doing and you will feel more accomplished.
A version of this originally appeared in
The Teller November 2019 Issue #8
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