by Golda Poretsky, HHC
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Last week, I wrote about why it’s so important to wear clothes that you like AND how to get a new wardrobe with little or no clothing budget.
So this week, I want to talk about how to figure out what you like (if you’re not sure) and what to do if you’re in a clothing rut.
As I mentioned last week, until about 5 years ago, I never wore a dress unless I felt like I had to. Never. Ever. Nevuh. I thought that I didn’t look good in dresses, had the wrong body type for them, etc.
It was only when I started experimenting and trying them on that I realized that certain dresses looked good on me and certain dresses didn’t.
The thing is that it’s all pretty subjective, right? I have kind of an apple/upside down triangle shape (the apple turnover, perhaps?) and I tend to like things that create a waist. To my eyes, that “looks good.” However, I see women with my shape wear more shapeless dresses, even stuff with drop waists, and I think they look great because (a) they think they look great, (b) they have body confidence, and (c) they like what they’re wearing.
In other words, wearing clothes that you feel good in can help with body confidence and body confidence can help you look great in your clothes.
But here’s the key — if you don’t know what kind of clothes you like or what looks good on you or you’re just sick of wearing the same stuff, you must try clothes that are outside of your “comfort zone.”
If you have sort of a clothing uniform, like I mentioned in the last post, it’s important to experiment with clothes you don’t usually wear. If you always wear black, try bright colors. If you always wear jeans, try leggings. If you never wear dresses, try ‘em out.
Trying on clothes that you never considered before can feel really weird, and you might feel like dismissing these clothes outright just because you’re not used to seeing yourself in them. That’s why it’s important to treat trying on these clothes as an interesting experiment, as research, and, if possible, bring along a body positive friend to support you. I know trying on an arm full of swimsuits might be the last thing you want to do, but it’s important to make sure you feel good in it before you buy it.
Even if you try some new styles and you’re not really into it, don’t keep hanging out in the clothing comfort zone if you’re feeling bored or stuck. Clothes are about experimentation and fun and ownership of your unique beauty. So keep trying, keep looking, and use the tips I mentioned last week.
As always, let me know how it goes and share your experiences in the comments section below!
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Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. is a certified holistic health counselor who specializes in transforming your relationship with food and your body. Go to http://www.bodylovewellness.com/stay-in-touch/ to sign up for her newsletter and get your free download — Golda’s Top Ten Tips For Divine Dining!
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© Golda Poretsky 2011