This isn't something you expect to hear from a stylist, is it?
You should see the reaction I get when I tell people what I do for a living. Their expression often changes to one of insecurity. They look down…they make excuses for what they’re wearing.
I’ve realized this is the #1 reason I’ve avoided talking about my business in the past. It’s like people expect I’ll think less of them if they’re dressed casually.
They'd be surprised to hear judgmental thoughts are the farthest from my mind. You know why? Because I want you to feel comfortable in your own skin. That’s the whole point. If you’re in yoga pants and feel beautiful, perfect. ROCK those yoga pants. If you’re in shorts and a tee and feel like it represents who you are, even better.
I want you to enjoy the clothing you wear, no matter the level of grunge or number of times your clothing has been through the wash.
If you’re wearing clothes just to wear them, that’s a different story. I think you’re missing out on the joy a beautiful item of clothing can bring. Or even the joy a not-so-pretty item can bring, if it is something you truly enjoy wearing.
The clothing you wear should give people an idea of who you are. Often times, hand-me-down items or tattered pieces of clothing don’t paint a picture of the true you. Instead, they paint a picture of someone who doesn’t care about who she is. They send a message of apathy. And apathy in more than just clothing.
What message does your clothing send? Do your yoga pants show that you care about your body and staying fit? Your shorts and tee reflect your laid-back personality and love for a good BBQ?
I leave you with one charge. THINK about the message your clothing sends and whether you’re ok with that message.
And then wear it with confidence. Because as long as it represents WHO you are, it’s doing what it was meant to do.
With warm wishes & a big heart,
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