One of the best things about the human race is that every single one of us is unique. Experimenting with fashion and different ways of dressing and decorating the body is a brilliant way to celebrate your individuality and build confidence. Here are some tips to help you showcase your style and personality.
Shopping for yourself
Sometimes, it’s tempting when you’re browsing racks or virtual rails to buy clothing that ticks off the trend boxes, rather than items you actually like. There’s a pressure to be fashionable and to purchase must-have items every season, but what if you don’t actually like animal print, military jackets or skinny jeans? The beauty of fashion is that it is open to interpretation. What you think is a fabulous outfit might not be your friend’s cup of tea and vice-versa. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking inspiration from catwalk shows and glossy magazines, but don’t feel that you have to wear items that make you feel uncomfortable or pieces that just aren’t ‘you’ to fit in. Have confidence in your own sense of style. There’s nothing wrong with being quirky, and experimenting with different looks is a great way to have fun with fashion. You might find that you love elements of diverse trends and this enables you to create unique looks that are stylish, but also personal to you.
Body art and jewellery
Showcasing your style is not just about putting outfits together. More and more people are choosing to have piercings and tattoos, as well as using accessories to create different looks. Your body belongs to you, and if you want to have your foot tattooed, or you’re thinking about looking into nipple piercing or having your ears pierced again, nobody should stop you. You can choose how to adorn and present your body, and using jewellery and art can be a beautiful way to tell stories, celebrate special friends and family or create a unique identity. If you are toying with body art or jewellery, it’s important to do your research first and to choose a reputable store or salon.
Avoiding making comparisons is extremely difficult in the age of social media, but if you can learn to have confidence in your sense of style and to prioritise your own feelings and reactions, this is invaluable. It’s so easy to get bogged down in what others are doing or wearing, and this can make you feel like you need to dress a certain way or present yourself in the same manner as the people you follow online. Try and avoid comparing yourself and focus instead on how you feel when you look in the mirror or you walk down the street. If you feel like you look good, and you’ve got a spring in your step, that’s all that matters.
We all have a sense of style, but sometimes, it can be tempting to go against our natural instincts to please others or keep up to date with popular trends. It’s great to keep an eye on new trends and to take an interest in fashion and style, but don’t lose sight of the importance of being yourself and showcasing your personality and taste.