We all know that true beauty comes from within. But that doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to want to look your best.
Too often, people mistake self-care for vanity. In reality, however, a lot of what we put out into the world – including our appearance – changes how we feel inside.
Sure, we all love slobbing out in our sweatpants and old t-shirts. And those kinds of comfies are great if you’re relaxing at home. But if your aim is something other than seeing how many hours of Netflix you can watch or how many snacks you can chomp through, it’s time to change your look and your mindset.
Keep reading to learn why it’s important to always look your best.
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It’s a Confidence-Booster
Confidence is one of the most attractive and alluring features anyone can possess. The irony is, confident people don’t even care whether you find them attractive or not, because they’re too busy feeling themselves!
If you aspire to be confident, looking good can help you fake it till you make it. This doesn’t mean dressing like someone else but nor does it mean wearing your favorite leggings and baggy t-shirt combo, especially not to work. You might be comfortable, but you won’t look your professional best or feel good about yourself.
Yes, comfort is important. We’re not suggesting you squeeze your feet into painful high heels and don an itchy suit just because it’s work-appropriate. But, you need to find a chic way to work comfort into your wardrobe. Swap those leggings for cigarette pants and that t-shirt for a silky blouse and you’ll soon feel confident without having to sacrifice comfort.
Your Look Sends a Message
Whatever you’re trying to convey about your personality, your appearance always sends the first message. Consider what you want that message to be and how your look can help you spread it.
For example, if you want to know how to look elegant and classy every day, consider who sends you this message. You might look to style icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis to inspire you. While we might all think of Audrey’s black column dress as her signature look, she also knew how to make simple everyday ensembles look elegant.
The clothes you wear change what people look to you for and what they hear you say. With this in mind, classy and elegant isn’t going to be the message that everyone wants to send. For example, if you’re a fitness trainer, you might seek inspiration from Kayla Itsines or Massy Arias to show the kinds of clothes that can help you look strong, confident, and capable. People are more likely to listen to your advice, instructions, and so on if you’re dressed in accordance with the message you have to share.
In the same way that a clean and tidy workspace increases productivity, dressing well doesn’t just make you look your professional best, it makes you act it too.
If you’ve ever worked from home, we know the temptation to stay in your pajamas is real. But pajamas are made for sleeping, not working. Knowing that no one can see you shouldn’t and doesn’t matter. Many people make the mistake of thinking that we dress for other people. But dressing in sloppy clothes will often have a negative effect on your motivation and performance.
In contrast, dressing in clothes we associate with work will help increase productivity. So, swap those PJs for pants and a shirt and you’ll feel inspired to hit your targets instead of feeling inspired to hit the sack!
Stand Out, Look Sharp
Does everyone in your college class or office look like they just rolled out of bed? If so, taking pride in your appearance is a great way to stand out from the crowd and show your teacher or boss that you’re ready to put the extra effort in.
Of course, looking good doesn’t have to mean setting your alarm at 5 am. Even if you really did just roll out of bed, it doesn’t mean you have to show it in your appearance. It takes no time at all to wash your face and put on clean and tidy clothes before setting off. And trust us, these details will make all the difference when you have a long day ahead of you.
You Can Express Yourself
Clothes, accessories, jewelry, and makeup are all forms of self-expression. In the same way that you’d clean your jewelry with an all natural cleaning solution to keep it shining, dressing up can be a way for you to let your personality shine through.
But, before you get caught up in how to look younger or more fashionable, remember that fashion and looks fade. Only style remains. As such, concern yourself with how to find your style instead. The looks and outfits you choose should express your true style and personality, or as much of it as you can express while dressing appropriately for each occasion.
Fashion Is a Form of Wellness
The clothes you choose can also give you a huge mood boost, acting as a form of wellness. Feeling down? Instead of pulling on black clothes to suit your mood, try dressing for the day you’d like to have.
Add a fun pop of color with pink shoes or a bright blue handbag. Add some bold earrings or a red lip. You could even slip on some colorful underwear. Remember, you’re doing this for yourself so it doesn’t matter if you’re the only one who notices that extra effort you’ve made to boost your mood and transform your day.
Why You Should Always Look Your Best
Don’t get caught up in thinking that making an effort with your appearance is for other people. While they might be the ones to see how you look on the outside, you know how good it makes you feel on the inside.
Because when you look good, you feel good. And when you look your best, you feel your best. Who wouldn’t want that?!
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