Dress Your Identity – Why should you care?
Once upon a time BBC radio newsreaders had to wear dinner jackets – tuxedos – when reading the news after 8pm. This is radio so no-one could see them. The mind boggles!
While we’re not suggesting wandering about in your tiara or dinner jacket, this Beeb requirement is an extreme way to make an important point: what you wear will affect how you feel.
Recently I got out of a bit of a style rut and it feels good to be enthused about how I dress again. It makes a difference going about my day feeling good in what I’m wearing. What makes you feel good might be different. But shouldn’t what you are wearing add to your daily wellbeing?
Changing Your Wardrobe Thinking
Consciously wearing clothes:
- you feel good in
- that you feel are flattering
makes a huge difference to your confidence and how you feel about yourself overall. You can look good and be comfortable.
What you wear will project an image of who you are.
And it will help you be that person.
Who do you want yourself to be?
Getting Real About Dressing Your Identity
Lets not beat about the trackie bums with holes in them.
What does looking like a schlub say about how you feel about yourself
and how you feel you deserve to be teated?
When you dress your identity, you show respect for yourself. Unfortunately we are getting a different message from society.
- ‘I wish I had time to spend selecting what to wear – I barely squeeze in a quick shower.’ Notice how our society prioritizes and rewards busyness. We buy into this, constantly trumpeting how we don’t have time. Lets pause for a moment and really investigate whether we want to live this way. Stop the madness!
➠ I live in career driven Washington, DC. Do you live somewhere that rewards career and thrusting? Alternatively, isn’t taking time and nurturing – not just others, but yourself too – also important?
- This old thing? We often put ourselves last. We end up throwing on any old thing – or conversely downplaying ourselves. What sort of message does this send to our children? My parents made sure they did things that were important to them, even as they showed me love. Send a message that you value yourself. Your children and others are watching and will take their cue from you.
We prioritize things that are important to us. What is stopping you from spending time feeling good about what you’re wearing? Too busy – ponder how you relate to ‘I wish I had time … and busyness’ above and what that models for future generations.
➠ It is valuable for us to feel good about ourselves. It literally says we value ourselves. This is an important message to send out into the world, and particularly to our children. Our children are watching.
- You’re wearing that? Right from when we start exploring our own style, we get messages about how we are dressing wrong. Yet what you’re wearing can be both appropriate and a style that that makes you feel confident and well turned out.
This is personal. I turned 50 in 2017 and feel in the vanguard of a movement for fashion for those in midlife. Previously the choices had been dire – mutton dressed as lamb or matronly. We are putting our foot down and saying ‘non’.
You can be stylish at any age,
that style will evolve with the chapters of your life.
Yoga, Being Your Best Self and Why You Should Dress Your Identity
Yoga is all about understanding yourself – your true self.
Though you may come to yoga for the physical practice, it often ends up tuning into how you feel over the ebbs and flow of the day. You end up finding out who you really are. This is deep work, sometimes fun and sometimes difficult, exploring all areas of your life. You will coalesce into your best self. One area of your life is how you value yourself – and this is apparent in how you dress.
In the end, it’s quite simple:
You should dress your identity, because how you dress
says something about who you are and how you view yourself.
What do you want to say? Let me know!
Pointers for blogs that explore style:
Miss Dress – Personal Stylist – for delving into your own style
Midlife Chic – mid-life style blogger
Chillies and Cloves – a blogger adding a touch of spice
Extra Petite – for the petite woman
Twenty Something Plus – twenties style blogger
Lovely in LA – plus size blogger
Useless Wardrobe – Minimalist Danish blogger – good for those creating their style
Where Did U Get That – Blogger with an individual style.
Run Style Run – A relaxed, low key look blogger
Looking Fly on a Dime – it’s always better when it’s a bargain
Tall Swag – for taller lady
Style With a Smile – Vegan / ethical style blog