I suppose I’ve always been into fashion, but never actively thought about how style plays into my self-confidence until now. I remember always wanting the latest and greatest from Abercrombie & Fitch and before that, it was Limited Too. Hah! I always cared about what I was wearing, but it was more about fitting in with the crowd and wearing what was popular at the time. Ah, middle school. I used to wear a t-shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch that said: ‘You Can’t Tell Me What To Do’. How embarrassing. I may not have known my personal style back then, but something about that t-shirt made me feel confident. Maybe it was the words or the fact that I was wearing a ‘cool’ brand at the time. Either way, clothes have always played a role in my self-confidence like they do for so many others.
I want to say my love for style and trends really took off in college when I was a brand ambassador for ASOS. I was lucky enough to introduce the brand to students on campus who had never heard of it. Lucky for me, I was given a generous stipend and gift card to spend on the website for my marketing efforts. Instead of choosing random items here and there, I really thought about what I wanted my wardrobe to look like. I wanted to add pieces that would take my outfits up a notch, but also incorporate basics that I’d wear often. Thus began my personal style journey. I was also introduced to the fashion blogging community at the time because many ASOS ambassadors on other campuses blogged in their spare time.
If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you should always feel comfortable in what you’re wearing as opposed to trying to look like someone else or be ‘trendy’. Ultimately, wearing pieces that fit your personal style will play a big role into how confident you feel with your outfit choices. Now even if you don’t see the connection between style and confidence, you can probably agree that style is one of the many tools that people use to boost self-confidence. So if you’re bored with your wardrobe and are looking to start fresh with new pieces, here are a few tips that will hopefully help you style yourself confident.
Define Your Personal Style
Well, this one is pretty obvious! As I mentioned previously, the most important tool for self-confidence is being true to yourself and embracing your unique style. Figure out what it is you like on yourself and others. Instagram can be really helpful because you can save any style images you like. When I look on my saved page, it’s a collection of images that show similarities with style choices that help define my personal style. It’s very clear to me what I like, so I’m open to trying new things. Now of course, there are days when I simply can’t be bothered and I reach for my leggings and slouchy sweater. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Dress for YOU.
Dress For Your Body Type
Dressing in ways that flatter your unique body shape will ultimately help you feel more confident. Learn what kind of denim style suits you best – is it skinny, straight leg, flare or high-waisted? Denim is a staple in most wardrobes, so it’s a good idea to figure out what type of jeans look best on you. In addition to denim, maybe there’s a certain fabric that suits you or skirt length that makes your legs look good. I’m definitely more on the petite side, so I aim to elongate my body with my outfit choices. In addition to dressing for your body type, what are your favorite features? If you’re curvy, you probably look amazing in a tighter dress vs. a pantsuit. Consider your strengths and play to them.
Think About Your Favorite Outfits
You can probably recall several occasions when you felt great in your outfit choices. What were you wearing at the time? Maybe it was a dress you wore to your friend’s wedding or a cashmere sweater that kept you warm on a cold winter day. The point is to remember what it is you loved about what you were wearing. Was it the fabric, texture or color that you made you feel good? For example, I know that I love roll neck sweaters because they’re not as constricting as turtlenecks, but still give the sweater a certain look I like. Therefore, I know that I’ll feel good when I purchase another roll-neck sweater because I like that particular style. I also know that I tend to purchase neutral colors (gray, black, beige, white, navy) as opposed to brighter colors.
Which tip helps you feel like your most confident self? Do you have any other tips that have helped you feel confident with your style? Xx
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