Look good and feel confident every day
Have you been embracing your comfies for the past few months? Have you lost sight of what is in the front of your wardrobe, let alone what’s lurking in the back?
Spring is here and Summer is on its way and like me you may be wondering how you are going to get used to going out and about again. “What on earth am I going to wear?”
I’ve spoken to a number of women recently who have told me that during the last few months they have lost their confidence in how they look and what to wear.
So, what’s the solution?
Step 1 – COLOUR
It all starts with colour. Our body and mind resonate with different colours. If we really tune in to how we feel when we see a colour, we can learn what our body needs in order to feel balanced and fabulous.
Here are some examples:
- Brown for feeling grounded
- Green for balance
- Blue for clarity
- Purple for mindfulness
- Pink helps you feel nurtured and loving towards others and yourself
- Orange is joyful
- Yellow is uplifting
To really resonate with colours that serve you. Start with your favourite.
If you are happy to play along grab a pen and paper and write down the answers to the following questions.
What is your favourite colour – really think about this. Maybe it’s changed?
How does it make you feel when you see it or wear it?
If you haven’t thought about this for a while your answers may surprise you.
Step 2 – WARDROBE
Once you have done some thinking around your colours, it’s time to take a look at what’s in your wardrobe!
You can either do this in one go or if that’s too daunting just do a section at a time!
Get everything out onto your bed or floor. Then pick up one item at a time and ask yourself the following questions.
- Does it fit me properly?
- Do I love the style/fit/colour (all of these apply)?
- Does it suit my normal lifestyle?
- Is it in good condition?
If the item has 4 ticks it goes back in your wardrobe. Please show your clothes some love! Hang them on nice hangers and the right way out so when you open the door, everything looks neat and tidy.
If it’s a no to one or more of the questions, it needs to be donated, given away or recycled. Time to be ruthless!
Exceptions……if you are planning to lose or gain weight you may have some clothes that you want to keep. However, if they don’t fit you right now, keep them in a different part of your wardrobe. Be realistic. Is it achievable?
Also, if you have clothes that don’t work for you anymore, but they have special memories attached. Consider finding a lovely box to keep them in and put the box somewhere else for that occasional nostalgia trip.
Once you have worked your way through all your clothes and you have a good clear picture of what you have, it’s time to categorise. How you do this is a matter of personal taste and should suit your personality. You need to feel joy when you open your wardrobe doors.
Here are 3 ideas to try…
- Arrange by type. i.e. have a separate section for trousers, skirts, dresses, tops etc. Try sub-dividing into seasons if that resonates with you
- Arrange by colour
- Arrange in outfits
I personally use first one, with a loose division of seasons, I’m not too strict as I like to get creative and use layering.
Once you have completed this exercise you will start to see different outfits coming together. Enjoy finding different combinations and ways of wearing things. This gives you so much more value from what you have and confidence and fun in knowing that whatever you choose it’s right for YOU!
If you need any help with the above, just contact me and we can have a chat about what I can offer both on and offline.
Alison Brown, Personal Image Consultant