Tuesday, March 27 2012: Style requires getting to know yourself
One of the biggest parts of fashion, for me, is getting to know yourself. Fashion’s counterpart is style, and that is something that can be seen in even someone’s swiftest movements.
In the morning, I wake up with a simple ritual. It is the beginning of my beauty regimen. I take joy in caring for myself, without making it overwhelming with too many things to do. Stress is one of the biggest factors in premature aging. Therefore, I do little things such as stretch to my favorite song, wash my face in cold water to firm up my skin, and feel what type of fashion I would like to express myself with today.
Before I begin to dress, I put on my silk robe and make my way to the backyard. I sun bathe for 15 minutes to get my Vitamin D intake. I’m accompanied by my two pups, Rudolph and Lucas, who are quite fashionable themselves. Rudolph is wearing a fitted polo; this Cockapoo is quite the prep boy. But my mornings weren’t always like this.
Not so long ago, and still even now, sometimes, I wake up and find myself tugging back and forth with what I should wear. I didn’t know myself very well, and I didn’t follow my comforting instincts. Have you ever had an outfit in your life that you know you felt good in without having to try it on? It is because you had taken the time to evaluate yourself in that outfit and analyze the feelings you get from it.
I decided that it was time for a spring cleaning in many areas of my life. I donated every outfit that I didn’t feel that same security in. It felt like a big weight off my shoulders. I put together a ton of new combinations that I never would have realized possible if it wasn’t for the dissection of my own closet! It also empowered me to know I have choices. But another big dissection people forget about is themselves.
So when you get up in the morning, remember that fashion couldn’t be what it is today without style, and style requires getting to know yourself. Only then will you be able to show your unique style to the world!