Clothing is much more powerful than people think. There is a reason the global clothing market reached $278.2 billion in 2018 and is expected to increase to $325.8 billion by 2022 — clothing can transform who we are, dictate how people view us, and even change the way we feel about ourselves. If you have binge-watched the last four seasons of Queer Eye on Netflix, then you know exactly how powerful a makeover can be. This is why we are launching a new blog series discussing simple lifestyle changes that have a big impact on our self-esteem! First up, is how to feel more confident in what you wear. Let's get started.
1. Focus on Fit
Trust us, it's not just women who get wrapped up in the numbers game. Men also experience body-image issues. But regardless of how insecure you are over your height, weight, or muscle-tone, the rest of the world does not stop spinning because of what size pant you wear. So instead of trying to conceal your body with your clothing, focus on finding the right fit for your body type. When in doubt, visit your local tailor — they can help with more than just suit alterations.
2. Choose Natural, High-Quality Fabrics
When you are shopping for clothing, it is important to understand the properties and differences between fabrics. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, rayon, and viscose are made in laboratories, primarily from plastics, while natural fabrics occur...well, naturally. We're talking linen, silk, wool, and cotton. Not only do natural fabrics breathe better, but they are also more durable. Although natural fabrics might cost a bit more compared to synthetic look-alikes, the difference is in the details — which is the key to great style and self-esteem.
3. Care For Your Clothing
If your clothing starts to fade, shrink, rip, or pill after just a few washes, you might want to rethink your laundry strategy. While throwing all of your clothes into a hot wash, followed by a hot spin in the dryer, might be easier than taking the time to sort colours or wash certain pieces by hand, it takes a toll. Properly caring for your clothing by following wash instructions, steaming out wrinkles, and mending pieces will preserve the quality of your wardrobe for much longer. And who doesn't feel better about themselves when their clothing is in mint condition?
4. Invest In Staple Pieces
There is a big difference between cheap and affordable clothing. You don't have to break the bank to find high-quality pieces, you just have to know what to look for. Pay attention to how a piece is constructed — examine the seams, the stitching, and the thickness of the fabric. Quality always outweighs quantity so don't be afraid to treat yourself to some luxury essentials. We aren't lying when we say a great fitting pair of jeans, a nicely tailored shirt, and some sleek shoes can raise your self-esteem tenfold.
5. Take Small Steps
Building confidence isn't about jumping out of your comfort zone, but rather taking small steps. Try wearing a blazer over your t-shirt instead of a hoodie or wearing suspenders with your dress pants. Even adding a watch or bracelet to your outfit can boost your confidence levels over time.
6. Wear What You Want
Being more confident in what you wear isn't about fitting into a certain mold or checking off specific boxes. And it definitely isn't about trying to emulate someone else's style. Instead of passively shopping or viewing clothing as a necessity, think of it as a form of expression, an extension of your personality. Taking an extra ten minutes in the morning to get dressed, and following these six tips, will not only ensure you look your best but that you feel your best too.
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