An Image Consultants’ Secret to Dressing With Ease

August 24, 2017

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When you look good, you feel even better.

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One of the biggest takeaways of working with clients over the past few years has been the opportunity to see how clothing impacts not only someone’s mood but also their career success and how they interact with other people. I’ve been able to see how one killer outfit can be the boost of confidence someone needs to shine in that interview or ask that person out on a date. It’s such a special thing to be able to help people find their sense of style and in turn truly shine from the inside out. What’s great too is that you do not have to spend a lot of money to look and feel confident- it’s all about finding the clothing that you feel your best in.

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Don’t believe me? In a study published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, medical students who wore lab coats that they were told belonged to doctors performed better on tests than those who wore street clothes or were told the (same) coats belonged to artists. There is a direct correlation between what we wear and what we think of our potential.

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Outfit Ingredients: pants-Just Living  | top- Stella Luce | wedges- Steve Madden| bag- Louis Vuitton

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What would this mean for you if you could wear only clothing that made you feel awesome? I ask this because this is something that’s actually very possible. There is nothing that says you have to spend a lot of money or buy certain brands to look and feel your best; it’s more about building a wardrobe made up of clothing that you feel at ease in and represent your personality the most. For example, together this shirt and pants together cost me just over $30 and they are both items I can wear again and again with multiple outfits. When I wore this outfit the other day while shopping in downtown Brunswick with my bestie Chelsea I honestly felt awesome. Also, I guess I can’t deny that eating delicious gelato helped elevate my happiness levels. But in all seriousness, it’s incredible how clothing can make you feel.

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Someone wise once said, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” If it’s confidence we seek (and don’t we all?), then why not dress the part? You can use personal style as one of the many tools to boost your self-confidence. But how, you may ask? Here are some tips to help you dress for your most confident self:

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Learn how to dress for your body.

Personally, I can be self-conscious of my stomach and legs. To combat this I wear shirts that are looser instead of tightly fit. I also tend not to wear shorts and certain cuts of jeans. I don’t look at this as limiting myself though because I’ve merely managed to find the items that fit my body best. Once you are able to identify the clothing that fits your body just right that is where the magic happens.

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Embrace your favorite features.

What are our favorite features? Although it’s easy to list off what you don’t like about yourself, that will never take you far when finding the items you rock best. Instead, think about which parts of yourself you wish to emphasize. I really like my back and collar bones (weird I know, right?) and so I’ve formed a collection of shirts that compliment my favorite features. I can’t speak for everyone, but this technique has really worked for me!

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Know what colors look best on you.

Ever since dying my hair red, I’ve found that I love the color blue. No matter the clothing item, if it’s blue I think it makes my hair and eyes pop. While some people may stick to neutrals or certain color palettes, I’m all for allowing yourself to wear anything that makes you feel happy. Of course there are going to be certain colors that look best on you, so be sure to form the majority of your wardrobe around this.

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 Define your style

In my opinion, style is ever-evolving so what you may wear now could be different in a few months- and that’s ok! The point is that you are wearing items that you feel represent your personality and feel special in. Instead of attempting to emulate what’s trendy or someone else’s style, know what you like, both on yourself and on other people.

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The most important secret to dressing with ease is simply to be true to yourself and appreciate your uniqueness. Once you are able to love yourself flaws and all, you will exude confidence and actually enjoy getting dressed in the morning. Bottom line, your first concern when getting dressed should be to empower yourself. Impressing others is just a byproduct.

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Are you needing help with building your dream wardrobe? I want to help you! 

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Photography by Centered Images

 LOVE,

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