Keys to Styling With Confidence
It’s time for a little lesson in styling confidence. The first step in coming into your own look is having the right mindset and understanding some important tenets of creating an image. And because acronyms are pretty easy to remember, we are going to use the word “FASHION” as a basis to explore some key ideas in style-ology.
“F” is for Fun. (Fun: “A source of enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure.”)
The number one thing to remember about styling is that it should not be a pain. If getting dressed every morning feels like pulling teeth, you’re doing it wrong. Relax and enjoy what you’ve got to work with. Styling resources are excellent ways to facilitate an enjoyable experience.
“A” is for Artistic. (Artistic: “Showing imagination and skill.”)
Your style is the most visible mode of self-expression. It is an art-form. Fashion has been a form of art since the beginning of time. Throughout history, men and women have used their clothing as a form of protest and exhibition. The styles of the decades are some of the greatest, most tangible examples of societal progression and cultural phenomena of each era. Take pride in what you wear and what it says about you, and take advantage of the steps that have been taken throughout history so that you might be able to wear what you want to.
“S” is for Sexy. (Sexy: “Interesting, exciting, or trendy.”)
Let’s remember that “sexy” and “scandalous” are two very different things. True sexiness emerges from a self-confidence portrayed in your clothing choices combined with the way you carry yourself. Your style should reflect your inner bombshell. What you wear should make you feel good about yourself. If you’re not feeling keen about what you’re wearing, it’s time to switch it up. Style is empowering.
“H” is for Habitual. (Habitual: “Done or experienced regularly or repeatedly.”)
Practice makes perfect. Not only with styling choices, but with the way you think about yourself. Make a habit of giving yourself credit for being you and loving it. Confidence is the best accessory, so work it.
“I” is for Incognito. (Incognito: “With one’s identity disguised or concealed.” Also, fun to say.)
Don’t be misled- Styling yourself is not about hiding your identity. However, playing with your clothing choices is a way to bring out different characters in your life. If you are feeling something, wear it.
“O” is for Organic. (Organic: “Constitutional in the structure of something, especially your physical makeup.” Also, “Natural.”)
The basis of your wardrobing choices should come naturally to you... And if they don’t, stop thinking so much! Your day-to-day wear should reflect what feels best. For some, it’s all about comfort. For others, standing out is a priority. But be yourself, first and foremost.
“N” is for Novel. (Novel: “Strikingly new, unusual, or different.”)
Last, but certainly not least, take the time to try new things. Mix up the pieces you have in different ways. When you’re out shopping, play dress-up. And don’t take yourself so seriously. Enjoy your freedom, and try on things that you would never normally wear.
Finding your own sense of style can be a challenge, but if you rise to the occasion and enjoy the process, you will learn that you are your greatest style inspiration.