The new season is fast approaching and already plans are being made for Christmas events and this is where you might begin to panic - Christmas Party nights, Family Gatherings and the Big Day itself. You want to look good/feel good because as we all know if this is the case it really does boost our confidence/self-esteem and enjoyment of the festivities.
Perhaps, you have been on a misson to lose weight or you may have gained weight. You may be overwhelmed with work, family commitments or any number of factors which have prevented you giving yourself ‘ME time’.
If you have lost weight you are wanting to embrace the new you but are, perhaps, not sure how to make the best of yourself. Alternatively, you may have gained a little weight and as a result lost confidence and are uncertain how best to reflect your own individual style and personality. Of course, your size may not have changed at all but due to force of circumstance you have become trapped in a bit of a style rut and you are keen to revitalise your wardrobe and refresh your image.
It might seem scary but it doesn't need to be. Be prepared to feel different and go out of your comfort zone - small steps at a time. Love the new you – feel comfortable in your own skin – and accept the body Mother Nature has given to you. I work out to keep fit and slim but no matter how hard I try I will always have short legs - I work on what I consider to be a 'negative' by wearing clothes which create the impression of longer limbs! Clothes are so very powerful - on the positive side they can make you look slimmer, taller, stylish younger - on the other hand they can make you look bigger, shorter, frumpy and boring - this is not you but rather the clothes you are wearing.
Below I have listed a few pointers on how to begin your new journey. I am more than happy to advise and support you in achieving the 'NEW YOU' ( Remember how important the power clothes can have on you, the image which you are presenting and your personal wellbeing).
🌟 Give careful thought to your choice of clothes – the shape, fit and colour can all help to project you in the most favourable light.
🌟 Your clothes should reflect your true personality and allow this to shine through. For example, if you are an outgoing, extrovert type then wearing bright colours, bling, statement jewellery pieces could be for you, whereas, if you are more reserved and introverted person a more subtle but still stylish approach might be more appropriate. Be prepared to be a little adventurous by going outside your comfort zone/your normal choice of clothes – you will be amazed how this will boost your confidence.
🌟 Consider fabrics & patterns – bulky or chunky garments are good for those of us with a bigger figure - wool crepe is a good option in this case. For those of a slighter build, softer fabrics and fine wools are a good choice. Should you choose a pattern opt for a small print rather than larger prints.
🌟 Ignore the size label - let your mirror be the guide.
🌟 Clothes too tight will make you look bigger than you are and clothes too baggy will do the same.
🌟 You wear the clothes - don't let them wear you. Work on proportions.
🌟 Accessories are a fantastic way to bring outfits together and can be used to disguise any parts of your body you don’t feel happy with right now. Focus on your body positives – we all have them. By doing this you will inevitably feel better about yourself and less uncomfortable about any negative ‘bits’ you think that you may have.
🌟 Accept your body shape and work with It to reach your goals rather than waiting until you reach your target. Every day is a day worth dressing well for!
Above all be proud of the 'WHO YOU ARE - you are unique and your own person.
Karen Degg has been running her Image Consultant agency for over 2 year and is fully qualified.