Yes we know Valentine’s Day is about your love for someone else, but what better excuse is there to show some love and appreciation for yourself?
What better way to do that than to treat yourself and spend a little bit of time in some self-indulgence. Most people have parts of our bodies that we would like to change or improve. To dress well you need to learn to dress the body you have and not the body you want. The key is to understand what suits you and learn to enjoy dressing YOUR body.
Style should be a pleasure and everyone can feel good in what they wear every day, whatever your age, shape, size, lifestyle or budget.
See our top tips below for a confidence boost this Valentine’s Day.
Change your mind-set
We all come in different shapes and sizes, be proud of your uniqueness! The secret is to accept the body you have and focus on the parts you want to accentuate and play down the parts you want to camouflage.
Know your colouring
Colour can give you an instant update and make you look younger and more vibrant, provided you get it right. There may be some colours you love, but do they love you back? Be honest. It’s important to wear the right colours close to your face so invest in at least a couple of tops in your best shades. The best colours are those that flatter your own natural colouring based on your hair colour, eye colour and skin tone. If you feel that you have to wear make-up or lipstick with certain (clothes) colours, it is probable that those colours are too harsh and draining for your colouring.
Know your body shape
When you know your shape you can choose the most flattering styles and avoid those that don’t complement your figure. You probably have some items in your wardrobe you look and feel great in and others that do the opposite. Invest in more of the clothes that you love wearing and that you know you look good in.
Accentuate the positive
The ideal body shape is in perfect proportion. What we are trying to achieve when we dress is to create outfits which make us look balanced and in proportion. In order to do that you need to learn how to emphasize certain areas and disguise others.
Be inspired by fashion but don’t be a slave to it. Magazines, websites and retailers create looks for you to aspire to but you need to be realistic. Most of us won’t achieve the exact same look as a 6ft 21-year-old model most of the time – but you can take inspiration and find the pieces that you know will work for you.
Show your personality
Your clothes should express who you are! Most of us like to wear different looks on different days, perhaps chic and traditional one day, business or smart-casual the next. We feel good not only when something is the right fit and colour but when we feel something is really ‘us’. The more confident you become in choosing the right clothes, the more comfortable you will be in expressing your personality and you will then create your signature style.
Checklist to body confidence
– Avoid items that you know don’t suit you and focus on those that do;
– Accentuate the good and disguise the not-so-good; create a ‘balanced’ look;
– Don’t try to dress like someone else;
– Spend the most money on the clothes your wear most;
– Before you buy any more clothes, do a wardrobe weed and get rid of anything that’s been hanging in your wardrobe and not been worn too much (if ever!);
– Love the body you have and enjoy creating and showing off your style.
Happy Valentine’s Day!