What does it mean when we say that someone has a style all their own? Does it mean she"s quirky? Intellectual? Fun loving? Eccentric? Can we tell these things when we first meet someone? It is said that fashion is a means to one"s self expression but is it really? Yep, it sure is and for a lot of reasons. We can see the fiery, fun loving spirit in the glint of someone"s eye even as we cross the street. We can catch the edge of determination and drive to succeed just by how someone walks in a room and the proud way they set their jaw or even by their body language.
But the final piece to the personal style puzzle is definitely the clothes you wear. A canary yellow sundress with a floral lime green cinch belt speaks volumes about its owner ditto for a white collard blouse and slimming black dress pants. These set the tone for someone"s day, for their activities, and for whom they will share their time with. Also, considering a first impression speaks volumes to those we encounter on a day to day basis, it only makes sense that what we wear plays a key part in just how we are perceived by others.
Like any good actor in a play, our wardrobe literally sets the stage for our lives. And like any good performer in the show, we can literally change our mood and our character by switching what we"ve got on. Feeling low? Get out of your blacks and leave your blues behind just by putting on a bright silk blouse or your favorite red cowboy boots! You"ll be surprised as how simply changing your outfit can cheer you up all day long. Not to mention the reactions of people around you will raise your mood and leave you wondering what had you down in the first place!
The bottom line is that your style is yours. And you can use it to your advantage in a thousand ways. For instance, instead of letting your personality dictate your wardrobe, try to enjoy the flip side of that equation. Let your wardrobe inspire your personality! Go shopping! Buy a few out of character plus size pieces! Then be daring. Ignore that ever nagging voice in your head that wonders what people are going to think. By simply allowing yourself to let go of your wardrobe inhibitions, your friends, family and co workers will take notice when they see you in something out of the ordinary. You may know that you feel most comfortable in sweats and T shirts but no one else has to! Dress it up or dress it down. The ball is in your court and you have home court advantage.
Definitely try a few new looks just for the fun of it just to see how they make you feel. In fact keep a daily wardrobe journal and take note of how your wardrobe affects your personality. Why not? After all, it"s a style all your own.
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