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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Think About It

When I conducted my workshop, "Dress to Impress: Making Your Personal Style Statement," one of the D.I.V.A. Principles I talked about was "Investing." I consider the image that I project to be an investment.  My image is a part of my statement to the world about who I am, what I represent and how I want to be perceived.

I've always been drawn to fashion and style, so I spend a lot of time reading fashion magazines, fashion and style blogs, and looking at fashion-related programs, because it's something that I love.  I get inspired by seeing how people get creative with their looks, and it helps validate my love of style and fashion.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to wear each day and how I want to look.  I take into consideration my activities for the day, whether or not I'll have a lot of walking to do, who I may potentially meet, what message I want to send, etc.  It may sound like a lot of work, but it's not, because it's something that I care about, and it's part of that investment I'm making in myself.

I've run into several women who have been very complimentary of my style and indicate that they're looking to update their look and dress more fashionably. But when I start probing about their approach to getting dressed, I often learn that they don't plan their outfits in advance, their closets need to be organized, and they seem to be overwhelmed by the entire process.

When you're stuck in a routine of doing things a certain way, it's very difficult to change your process.  I am very empathetic, because I struggle with all sorts of things, like exercising regularly, reducing my sugar intake, and a long list of other things.  I have been successful in eating healthier breakfasts, and incorporating healthier options into my diet and my key to success in those areas has been to approach the challenge in small chunks.  I began making very small changes until eventually it became a part of my routine.

My point is, if you want to start looking better, which will ultimately make you feel better about yourself, the first step is to spend time thinking about what you want to wear and how you want to look. EVERY DAY!  Take a few minutes, go through your mind and closet, see what's available and put your outfit together for the next day.  From head to toe - outfit, accessories, shoes, handbag.  You will save significant amounts of time when you're getting dressed, and you will reduce the stress of trying to figure out what to wear.

That's a small step.  Just start carving out some time every day to invest in yourself.  If your closet is cluttered and needs to be organized, a next step would be to start getting that in order.  But don't approach it with the attitude that it's such a humongous undertaking.  Baby steps are the key.

During the day, we think about thousands (I don't know if that's the accurate number, but you get my point) of things.  Add your "self investment" into your thought process. Eventually, it will become a part of your routine, but the key is consistency.  You're going to be getting dressed regardless of whether or not you like the way you look, so you might as well, give the world something to look at.


Think about it!