You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress, and the way they own their style. In a very real way, our fashion choices shape our self-image, as well as the image we portray to the rest of the world. Through our personal style we not only affect our own mindset but the mindsets of everyone around us – we might even inspire a new trend around the office, it will all come down to the way your clothes reflect your self-image.
As you might have guessed, nailing your personal style and creating a wardrobe that depicts your true self in the best possible light is not an easy goal to achieve, as you need to have a deep understanding of your innermost desires, as well as the trends that subconsciously shape your every choice. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the five important ways your clothing choices affect and reflect your self-image.
Quality and how it shapes your mindset
What determines quality when it comes to clothes? The price tag? The workmanship? Or perhaps the word of that Instagram influencer who enjoys a lucrative sponsorship deal with a clothing brand? In reality, your perception of quality will be influenced by a myriad of factors, but most importantly, this perception will in the end greatly influence your self-image, as well as your self-esteem.
To wear quality clothes means to not only look good, but also feel good while knowing that you will be able to enjoy them for years to come. What’s more, quality is nowadays also defined by the level of sustainability and eco-friendliness of your clothing choices. Meaning that if you choose sustainable brands and materials, you will inevitably look, feel, and think in a very different way.
Defining all of your personal styles
People like to think that they should develop a single personal style. And yes, it is true that you should have one overarching approach to fashion that will influence your every ensemble, but that doesn’t mean that you should have a single way of dressing for every occasion. After all, different occasions require a different ensemble, which means that you need to alter your style accordingly.
This will, in turn, greatly influence your self-image, as you can’t expect to feel confident or comfortable in every outfit. The key here is to define your personal style and carry it over into every situation. Your key goals are to feel good in your outfit but also to create that “wow” effect and leave a long-lasting, positive impression.
Creating that “wow” effect inside and out
There is no denying that if you feel good and reflect an image of confidence, people will quickly notice, and will be more likely to form a positive opinion. To make this a reality, though, you will first need to create that highly sought-after “wow” effect in the mirror.
If you’re getting ready for an up-scale party, for example, you’ll want to set the foundation of your ensemble by choosing one of several stylish two piece evening dresses according to color and fit, after which you can make the look truly your own by adding complementary features such as a gem-laden necklace or a simple rose gold bracelet.
Follow the process for every occasion, and always strive to dazzle yourself in the mirror first, in order to make sure that you will create that “wow” effect when with other people as well.
Self-expression and self-confidence
Next, keep in mind that it’s not just about wearing an outfit – it’s also about wearing it with confidence and your unique flair. Your self-image will be greatly influenced by the way you walk, move, and feel in your clothes, so no matter what you’re wearing, you need to practice in front of a mirror. Your movements need to be natural yet unique to your figure and personality if you are to capture the eye of passersby and leave a truly memorable impression.
Choosing timeless over trends
And finally, always remember that fads come and go, but your personal style needs to be timeless. If you choose to follow the trends as they come up, then you will never have a unique image, and you will have a difficult time wearing your style with pride, confidence, and flair. With that in mind, be sure to choose timeless pieces for your collection, and only sprinkle in the trends when the occasion calls for it – this will ensure that your image is consistent and that you have a positive self-image to hold onto.
The way you dress has a profound impact on your mindset and your self-image, but it also shapes the perception of others. Make sure to use these tips to gain a better understanding of how fashion choices impact your everyday life, and how you can use them to become a happier, more successful person.