From an early age we learn that the clothing we wear sets the tone for how we move in the world and how we feel about ourselves. A great outfit can make you feel more positive, confident, and prepared, whereas a bad outfit can make you feel insecure, pessimistic, and shy.
As we get older, it’s only natural to outgrow things- and that includes style. If your favorite pieces of clothing stop making you feel confident and attractive, and start making you feel sloppy and juvenile, it’s time to update your wardrobe.
Step 1: Why?
The first- and arguably the most important- step to a style overhaul is figuring out why the clothes you’re wearing now aren’t making you feel good, and determining how you want to feel. This step might feel silly or unnecessary, but it’s important to be conscious of what you’re getting wrong so that you don’t go out and buy newer versions of things you already have because new doesn’t always mean better.
If you want to feel more mature and have a wardrobe that reflects your career success, a new hoodie won’t be the fix. After you realize the look you want to achieve, you can go out and shop with a purpose.
Step 2: One at a time.
You may feel like throwing out every single item in your closet, but that will only give you major anxiety. Instead, focus on one item at a time as it’s easier to manage- both mentally and financially.
Next time you’re out at the store, find one item that sparks your eye like a new suit or pair of shoes. Just remember to get rid of, or donate, your older item.
Slowly but surely you’ll have a closet full of clothing and accessories that reflects the person you want to be.
Step 3: Get help.
Changing your wardrobe can be overwhelming if you’ve never given clothes much thought before. Getting a close relative, friend, or significant other to help you shop and give feedback on how things look will make you feel more confident about your purchases and how you look. Not to mention, having another person around cuts down a lot of time spent trying to pick an item when your being indecisive.
Step 4: Get out.
Once you have all these new clothes, it’s time to fill up your schedule with events and dates where you can actually wear them. A new wardrobe won’t get much use if you sit around your apartment in pajamas watching tv.
It might feel strange at first, but you’ll be surprised at how happy and confident you feel in your new outfits.
Are you in need of a style upgrade? Share with us in the comments below.
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