My top 5 steps to improving self-confidence – Featured on Advanced Skin Spa

Confidence to complete your Style

If you asked a group of women what they would love to achieve on a personal level this year, chances are a large number would say they want to be more confident in themselves and the choices they make. What is holding them back? The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence report states that a staggering 89% of Australian women are cancelling social plans, job interviews and other events due to how they look and feel. Only 20% of women admit to liking the way they look.

In many respects, style and confidence are linked. Self-esteem is a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her worth. It is self-judgement.

As a personal stylist, I know that having a sense of your own Style creates a confidence and acceptance of who you are. It’s a step in the right direction for improving self-esteem. Knowing what colours to wear, what styles suit your body shape and how it feels when you wear clothes that work is freeing. It is empowering and affect the way you walk, talk and present yourself.

I just spent four hours with a client who had lost all confidence in how to dress. This is not an unusual situation. Life changes and so does our style or how we need to dress. We need to realign after having a baby, new job or career, divorce, illness or weight loss. Gaining back their confidence in dressing to compliment and embrace their body shape and the lifestyle they lead is just the kick start they need to ignite a new sense of confidence.

Simple changes within your existing wardrobe can create a huge shift in the way you see yourself and how you feel. Looking in your wardrobe and only seeing pieces that fit and flatter your body shape leads to starting the day on a positive note. It means you feel good and you care less about what others think. You are confident in the choices you are making and you are dressing to suit the life that you lead.

In a world of fast-paced fashion trends and constant visual stimulation, we are being told we are not good enough. We are forever feeling like the latest ‘it’ piece will fix our wardrobe and lead us to feel on trend and confident. Fashion trends say we are not enough… is wearing what makes you feel your best and knowing you are enough.

‘Style is who you are. What you believe in. Who you want to be. What you get dressed into every single day. Style never stops evolving because your life never stops changing ‘

– Bernadette Payne

I am truly passionate about empowering women to let go of the negatives and embrace the positive. Accept the body you have. Get up in the morning and dress to show off our positives attributes rather than dressing to cover up all the things we dislike about our bodies.

Clothing is a powerful tool. Clothing can distort our body shape by camouflaging an area we don’t love or by accentuating an area we do want to draw attention to. It has the power to make us feel powerful, confident and ready to step out into the world.

My top 5 steps to improving self-confidence are:

1. Accept compliments rather than brush them off.

2. Narrowing down the clothing in your wardrobe will automatically refine your style. You can read more about this here –

3. Think about what are your best attributes and are you dressing to draw the eye to those areas.

4. Be less critical of yourself and take the time in the morning to dress with care – this shows the world that you respect yourself and others will see this as confidence.

5. Face your fears head on. Say yes and then figure out how. Don’t miss out on life changing opportunities due to fear. Life is meant to uncomfortable at times. It is how we grow.

Start now to embrace your own unique style and the confidence that it brings. And when you do, you will wonder why you haven’t already. Hearing what my clients attract in business and their personal lives after a styling session, reminds me of how clothes are more than just pieces of fabric. Confidence truly is the best outfit….


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