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WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO CARE ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

26 May 2016

I'm gonna start this post off with a frustrating comment I get a lot. I'm also going to giving you a new point of view about personal style that you probably never thought of. Because let's be honest. Style doesn't really get a good rep or rank high on the list of things to really care about. So I really want to debunk that and give you a different side of it and why you should care. But first, the frustrating comments.

"I don't really need to focus on my personal style because I have a job that I don't have to dress up for." 
"No one cares or thinks of me differently just becasue I don't care about what I wear." 
"Personal style isn't important and what you wear doesn't really matter." 

These comments frustrate me because they aren't true at all. Personal style is so much more than just clothes or having enough energy to wear something other than sweats all day. A lot of people just assume that because personal style involves clothing and shopping that it's a material luxury that doesn't really need to be indulged in. Well, I beg to differ. I'm not one to indulge in material things either but I've realized the important role that our personal style plays not just in our regular day-to-day lives, but our future as well.


So here's a scenario for you: You're trying to be disciplined by going to the gym four times a week in an effort to get that coveted summer body. Would you go to the gym in heels or blue jeans? No! You wouldn’t last very long and those clothes are inappropriate for that situation. They also wouldn’t get you “in the mood” to workout. But when you have on nice, comfortable gym clothes, not only do YOU feel more comfortable, but everyone else sees that you’re comfortable too! When you have on the proper clothing, not only does it put you in the right place of mind, but your mood alters as well.

It's the same thing with personal style. If we wear clothing that doesn’t match our personality, it begins to negatively affect our identity as well as our aspirations. When you have on the proper clothing, not only does it put you in the right place of mind, but your mood alters as well.

It’s important to care about your personal style because it has the power to make you a better person. It may sound crazy and far-fetched, but it’s true! I’m going to explain how your personal style not only gives others a glimpse into your identity but helps you to further define who you are as well as your ambitions. 

1. You are what you wear. As I mentioned in my last post, what you wear on a consistent basis has the power to affect your mind. And there's actually scientific research behind. Yep. Science, so you know it's official. Not only have there been several studies on the correlation between our mind and our wardrobe, there's also a name for it. In an article by Brain Fodder, they state that "Science says that the clothes we wear affect our behavior, attitudes, personality, mood, confidence, and even the way we interact with others. This is called “Enclothed Cognition"." That’s right! Our clothes give us a confidence boost. What better way to eschew confidence than to wear it?! So if you're wearing a style that's not congruent to your personality then chances are that it's going to affect everything mentioned above. 

2. It matters because YOU do. The world deserves to experience your creativity and awesome personality .What better way to say “This is ME world!” than through your style? I believe that everyone is creative. Everyone. And that one of the best ways we can show that is through finding and building a personal style that's true to us; our likes, dislikes, our lifestyle, our beliefs, how we're feeling, it incorporates all of that! 

3. It's more than just clothes. Finding your personal style is…personal. Obvious, right? Your personal style should reflect all aspects of your life and channel it into a canvas of sorts: your wardrobe. It's more than just shopping for clothes or wearing the latest trends. It's about discovering who we are and who you want to be. If you don’t know who you are then personal style won’t work. That’s why I started with sharing the basics; it covers how essential it is to figure out the different aspects of your personality and life before diving straight into figuring out your style.  

If we're not dressing in a way that doesn't correlate to our personalities or ambitions then chances are we won't act like ourselves or have the confidence to be who we are. The same thing goes for your ambition and goals. You can't live your life in sweatpants and have dreams of becoming a CEO or entrepreneur. 

You also can’t expect yourself to think and behave in a way that isn't compatible with what you're telling everyone else. Sweatpants don’t tell people you believe you deserve a promotion nor does it do a very good job of convincing your psyche either. If your personal style involves a more relaxed look and is on par with your goals and ambitions then that's great! It's when our dreams and goals don’t align with our exterior appearance do we get crossed wires. Your interior needs to match your exterior.

Personal style has the ability to transform your life for the better. There's a reason why all of those style shows like, What Not To Wear, were so successful. They used something as simple as your wardrobe and clothes to transform your life. Those women not only walked away excited, but they were confident their true personalities were finally shining through. And that's exactly what I want to help you do during this series. Which is great new for you because this is much more accessible than being on a TV show. 



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5 PERSONAL STYLE BASICS YOU NEED TO KNOW

18 May 2016

Your style sucks so that must mean you suck too right? Not exactly. While your personal style does play a factor in telling people and the world who you are, some people haven't quite mastered the art of displaying their personality onto what they wear.

Today starts a four-week series where I'll be discussing everything about your personal style, from the basics, to where to shop specifically based your personal style. I'll be covering all you need to know in order to find and maintain a style that's all your own. Today, we're starting off with the basics and what you need to know. Before I dive into the first installment, I really want to answer a few questions a lot of my readers and friends always ask me about their personal style.


What if I'm not a "stylish" person?

Well, that's the thing, what is deemed stylish is in the eye of the beholder. There's not one way to do style. Style is unique because it's a reflection of our personalities. And everyone is different, so, of course, what's deemed stylish will be too.

What is personal style?

Do you have a mirror? Well look at it and you'll have your answer. Personal style is Y-O-U! It's all about how you translate your personality onto your clothing. A lot of people mix up fashion with style. There's a famous quote that says, " Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you do with it." Style is all you. So don't get caught up in fashion, stay true to you and you'll find creating your personal style a breeze.

How do I find my personal style?

Great. I'm glad you asked because that's exactly what we'll be covering in depth in the next few weeks. So stay tuned!

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