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Life definitely has its seasons, and as we move through each of those distinct life phases we’re often confronted with redefining our personal style.
Whether you’re in the midst of transitioning between careers or lifestyles, how you present yourself determines not only how others perceive you, but also how you perceive yourself.
Several years ago, while wandering through the Junior’s department, it dawned on me that the styles were no longer appropriate for me. (Honestly, I though I was in the kid’s department for a minute.) And what a sad day it was to have to say goodbye to a place that I had called home for so many years.
I felt lost.
And then I spent a lot of time roaming between the misses and women’s departments, never really feeling comfortable in either one. For a brief period of time I honestly considered turning to a black turtle neck and jeans uniform. It would have been so much easier. Trying on armloads of awkwardly shaped garments was exhausting.
Not long afterward, I met with an image consultant who helped me understand how I could use fashion to express myself and feel more authentic doing so. I had a color analysis done. I learned more about the styles that best fit my size and shape. And I began to understand why I was drawn to certain colors and styles.
I soon realized that all of the clothes I had crammed into the back of my closet were there for a reason. They didn’t belong in my wardrobe. The clothes I loved wearing the most turned out to be the same ones that emerged from my image consultation.
It explained so much.
And it has also helped me save money I would have otherwise spent on items that would eventually make their way to the back of the closet. Instead, I’m much more frugal and spend more carefully.
Nevertheless, I realized recently that yet again my wardrobe needed an overhaul. It was best described as a frenetic compilation of past jobs I’ve experienced over the course of my career. It ranged from suits to leggings to yoga pants.
Updating my wardrobe has been a significant act of self-care that has made a difference not only in my level of confidence, but also in my level of productivity.
When we feel at our best, we perform at our best.
This exercise has also given me an opportunity to donate items that no longer fit my life. And that feels good too.