Have you ever noticed that one person who is so consumed with how they look that they never dress down? Someone that could take hours and hours to get ready in the morning…or someone who has to make sure they are wearing makeup and their hair is done even if they are going to workout?
Here’s my confession…I have always been concerned about how I look that no matter what I am doing I always make sure I am dressed appropriately – even down to making sure I had the “cutest” golf outfit for our Annual work golf tournament even though I probably only make it to play golf once or twice a year…
Now, I don’t consider this as a problem unless it interferes with your wellbeing, or of those around you! It has never really taken me a long time to get ready – in fact I had a flight to catch last week and set my alarm for 6:30PM instead of AM – for some reason I woke up at 6:55AM and managed to make it out my front door ready to go by 7:08AM and I was through security by 7:30AM – but, there have been times when I have caused myself undue stress by over-thinking what I would wear for certain events or on certain days, so much so that I have not enjoyed things like I might had this not happened.
So, without changing who I am (because I am ALWAYS going to take care in dressing nicely), I have rethought how much pressure I put on myself. Before I moved over the the US I hardly ever wore jeans, and I typically wore dress pants, skirt or a dress most days. I have learned over the years to incorporate some more casual, non high maintenance outfits into my style repertoire. In fact, I’ll admit that there are some days where wearing jeans is something I crave to do. I love weekends where I can dress up a pair of jeans or dress them down depending on what I am doing. I allow myself some days where I don’t have to plan ahead the night before what I am wearing, and I reserve this for days when I know I have more time in the morning or those days when I don’t have to be somewhere special. Weekends are perfect for not over-thinking what I am wearing, and I take those days to relax more and not put pressure on myself.
I am a styleaholic – and I am kind of proud of it. I love fashion, always have and always will. I love taking
something to wear and making it my own by adding some unique accessories, pairing it with something unexpected (like mixing colors that not everyone is doing) or adding a funky pair of shoes. I have realized that not everyone enjoys style and fashion as much as I do, and that’s OK. We are all unique individuals and we don’t ever want to change that, so how can someone that is not interested in style or fashion change up their look?
Here are a few easy to follow steps to help you in your own fashion story:
The final, most important piece of looking like you know style is having the confidence to rock your own style…wear it with pride, own it, flaunt it and feel good about yourself. Remember – behind every strong woman is an amazing story!
For those of you who have been waiting…here are the shopping links to this outfit (for the cross body bag with the tribal strap – click here)