Have you ever noticed that you walk differently when you are wearing an outfit you love? Or you feel empowered when you are wearing a blazer? This is one of the other sides of dressing up. Clothes are a part of the way you present yourself to the world, so they can play an important role in the way you feel. In this post we will cover the “How Do You Become Confident” question, from a fashion point of view. The answer is very simple and already lies in your wardrobe.
How Do You Become Confident?
Confidence is a state in which you feel empowered and good with yourself in every situation. You can boost it in many ways and usually comes from within, however fashion can also lend you a hand. The interesting part is that you don’t need to wear the latest trends to look like you know what you are doing. What matters is to like what you are wearing, feel good in it, and express your personality through your outfit. The way you dress can affect the way others view you and the way you put yourself out there.
Let’s not forget that a lack of confidence usually arises from fear about how people may perceive us. Clothing and attitude are some of the first aspects that people notice about us and dressing the part we wish to portray is a step towards first good impressions.
There are a few tips to follow when dressing for feeling confident. Think about your outfit as your social armor. It is the way you want to be seen and be perceived by others!
Dress for the Occasion
Depending on the place and the occasion of the event you are attending you need to be informed and follow the dress code. Imagine having a meeting with the CEO of the company you work for and haven’t dressed properly. You might feel your confidence drop and be afraid to present yourself, even if you are a great asset and a strong employee. Think about the same scenario dressed in a suit. How different would the situation be? Dressing for the occasion is about showing respect for yourself and the people you meet there.
Tailor your clothes
Nice fitting clothes play also an important part in improving your self-esteem. You might be wearing the prettiest dress ever, but if it is too big or too small it can affect your overall image and, thus far, your attitude. On the contrary, if you tailor your clothes to fit you perfectly you will avoid issues like these and will like what you see in the mirror. As a result, that will be portrayed in your attitude too. Remember to be honest with yourself and choose what works for you now and not what you would like or hope to work.
Accentuate your favorite features
We all have parts of our bodies that are not our favorite and vise versa. By wearing clothes that draw attention to your strong features is also a failproof way to help your confidence grow. You will feel beautiful in them and make you want to show yourself in the world. You only need to find the shapes and colors that bring out the best of you. Work and emphasize what you have and stop paying attention to what you don’t like or want to change.
Good quality garments
Investing in good quality clothes doesn’t necessarily mean that you will need to break the bank. Nice soft fabrics, that hug your body nicely will give you a feeling of luxury and help you feel more powerful, classy and confident. It is like dressing for success, so dressing the part is a step towards that.
Opt for Formal Clothing more often
The same applies when wearing formal clothes. There is something about them that attracts serious attention. A suit, for example, shows professionalism and that makes you feel more confident around others. After all, it is called power dressing for a reason.
Have you ever noticed that even when you are wearing a little bit of heel your confidence and attitude change instantly? You have a different posture and feel like you can conquer the world. That probably happens because when wearing heels you need to change your posture by straightening your back and that alone can make a huge difference. You don’t need to opt for stiletto heels of course. A small block heel can also do the job.
Choose comfortable and cozy garments
Beauty should meet functionality and comfort, otherwise, it loses the point of making you feel good and confident. It is not always the choice between style or comfort. You can have the best of both worlds if you carefully choose the clothes that fit you, your personality, and your style. If you wear something that makes you physically uncomfortable it is 100% sure that confidence will be the last thing that you will be thinking about.
Take time to iron your clothes
Nothing screams neglect and messiness like a creased fabric. You can be wearing the prettiest, most expensive, and stylish garment that you own, but wearing it unironed will ruin the look of it and your overall image. This is a piece of advice from a person that hates ironing. It is my worst chore related to clothing, however growing up I realized the importance of it. Wearing clothes that are ironed and well cared can go a long way to enhance the way you feel in them and the way others perceive you. If ironed clothes can help with feeling strong and confident, then the extra time is definitely worth it.
Chose the colors carefully
The colors of your apparel actually matter. Depending on the season and the occasion, choosing the right colors is important. They reflect your mood and emotions, so an unsuitable color can leave you feeling uncertain and not your best self. Wear red when you want all eyes on you, or black when you want to show “I am here for business”. Make sure you choose the colors that fit the occasion and present your self in the best way.
Match your outfit with your attitude
Wearing a pastel floral airy dress and having a resting bitch face isn’t the best combo. The same goes for when wearing a suit. You can’t just go around being foolish and carefree. You have to make sure that your attitude aligns with your look and the occasion. Otherwise, the way you present yourself will confuse the others and will not give the best impression. Inevitably, that will result in your confidence levels to drop. You want to dress to impress and showcase your value and your great personality for the world to see.
Find your signature style
Finding your signature style is not easy and can take some time. It is something you would love to wear and can be associated with you. It can be a hat, a pair of sunglasses, a certain type of shoes, etc. In other words, it is a unique symbol that means something to you. Your signature style should be effortless and something you enjoy and feel good when wearing
Contact a stylist
If you have no idea where to start and don’t know what fits you, then asking for professional advice is the best thing you can do. A stylist can guide you and help you choose items that showcase your best features, hide the ones that you don’t like on you and generally create an image you wish to portray.
At the end of the day fashion and style are a reflection of our thoughts and personal taste. In order to feel confident we need to wear clothes that express our personality and the person we want to portray. This will not only help with the way we present ourselves out there but will make us feel empowered as well.
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and opinion on the matter in the comments section below. Do you think fashion can help with boosting your confidence?
Oh wow. I wasn’t aware that clothing had such a huge impact on the way you feel. I normally don’t really care about how I dress, I’m not confident, but as long as everything matches I’m okay with it. Most of my clothes are black so I don’t really emphasize it. Regarding dressing codes and looking professional in your workplace, now that is actually really important. We don’t want to lose our jobs just because we’re not confident enough to show some effort.
Hello dear Stephanie,
Confidence comes from within, clothes are just here to enhance what you already have. As long as you feel nice it doesn’t matter!
How true! When I am wearing my best outfit I feel like I am on top of the world and I barely sit down. But one thing I always keep in mind is the size of the dress. I have been in a situation where the dress was 2 sizes smaller and my entire day was ruined. I now know never to go for what looks good to the eye but what feels good to the body first. Heels always come to the rescue even when I am not really feeling my outfit that day. Now to match my outfit with my attitude. Great pointer here. Thank you for taking your time.
Haha I’ve done the same once too. Wearing a very tight outfit for the whole day felt like a nightmare. Thank you for stopping by!
I like this post a lot. It is really good and it reminds me of my old psychology classes in which we talked about this. I like that this post falls right in line with psychology. We do not realize how important clothing is in our confidence and self-esteem. I really like how you mentioned the ironing. I hate it too, but it is super important for any occasion!
Glad you agree with me Jessie!
The argument that clothing is a confidence-booster is true. It accentuates the beauty of a person, far beyond what lipstick and makeup can do. And this applies to men, too. There were times that I planned to watch TV just for the purpose of spying what’s the latest in fashion so I can catch up with myself. Now, having access to this blog, I will make this as a reference for my own challenge. I’m challenging myself to boost my self-confidence just like what you said here. Thanks a lot and more power to you!
Good luck with your challenge! Let me know how it went!
You are really rocking that oversized blazer! I also really love how you paired this look with the white sneakers. It’s such a great contrast to the blazer. I totally believe in the effect clothing can have on our self esteem. Even when I’m feeling down or tired, I always try to put real pants on as opposed to leggings haha! If I wore leggings out, I would feel so tired unless I was running errands
I used to be in leggings most of the time so I know exactly how much difference a pair of proper trousers can make. It prepares you for an energized day instead of a chilled one.
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There is nothing bad in showing off what you preach is there? Your dressing in that picture is just topnotch and it seems to go just with anything. I have to be honest that I am not much of a fashionista and it brings down my self-esteem sometimes. I will use the tips that you have provided. Thank you for your help.
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Okay, this is a very good post here and I totally agree with you when you say that one can actually feel more confident when one is dressed splendidly. This is something that even I have noticed. Your post seems directed to the ladies though. Hopefully, you can do one for the guys too. You looked awesome in your outfit by the way. Nice way to teach is to show what you teach. Perfect stuff!
I rarely see men visiting my blog. This post can mostly apply to men too, however since you asked, I could probably dedicate a column on men fashion too.
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Love this all black look and great tips!
Love this black look on you. Your blazer is so beautiful !
Dressing up help me a lot to earn confidence.
Usually if I feel good in my outfit It also affects my mood in a good way too.
Same here. Dressing nicely puts me in a great mood! Thank you for stopping by.
This all black look is so pretty! 🙂
Can’t agree more!! These are some really amazing tips hon. You look great in all the pictures!
Adi xx | http://www.fancycorrectitude.com
Thanks dear Adi!
So chic in all black and definitely love all your confidence tips! These are great and can be applied to everyone.
Yes, I think they can apply to everyone too!
So true! Interesting tips babe and I love this outfit!!!
Thanks dear Paola!
Love this girl! My confidence can totally change based on what I’m wearing, and that has driven me to put a lot more thought into what I’m actually wearing!
Ashlee | https://www.maybeafterbrunch.com
My thoughts exactly! Thanks for visiting!
These tips are gold!!! Well done Katerina. All while sporting a stunning outfit! Love your little sparkly bag too 🙂
For me, blogging my style has helped me become very confident!
Blogging has helped me a lot too! I read so much about fashion and I experiment with different looks more than ever! Thank you for stopping by Yara!
This is such a great guide dear. Yes, heels can absolutely help.
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thank you for your kind words!
I totally agree with you about heels, they definitely boost a person’s confidence. You look stunning in this outfit. xx
Heels can do miracles indeed! 😉
I love this post! It’s amazing how you can feel so much better just by wearing something new, a pair of great heels, or whatever it might be. It really does have an effect on me.
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