Let’s face it, bad days and hard times are inevitable. Some days it is hard just to get out of bed, let alone put on a full ensemble that is Instagram-worthy. However, there have been studies done that prove people can perform better when they dress to impress. I know for me personally, the days that I feel under the weather, but still needed to get stuff done, I’d pull together a “power outfit.”
My power outfit makes me feel like I am important and gives me a little extra confidence on those days I feel down. I’ll break out a killer pair of heels, sleek black pants, and my long white blazer. I’ve pulled this outfit up when I physically feel sick, just had a breakup, or I’m just not feeling it that day. I get compliments every time I wear it, and looking good makes me feel a little bit better.
That’s just my personal example, but what you wear can help your mood more than you think. If you feel sad, and you give up on your style for the day, you will still feel sad. If you are feeling really down, take that extra 5 minutes to put on some makeup. That is an act of self-care and it will help you see yourself just a little bit better than before.
Self-care is any practice that benefits you and helps you pause to make sure that you are okay. We’ve moved away from the typical 9-5 workday, and it is so easy to get caught up in your to-do list, and forget you need to stop, pause, and help yourself.
So often when we are stuck in a rut, we start to let go of our routines, and we stop putting enough care into yourselves. That includes not eating right, not working out, and not taking time to do things that make us feel better. Chances are when you put on something that makes you look in the mirror and say, “DAAMN! I look good!” you probably feel good that day too.
Confidence is not measured by how many compliments you get, but rather how you feel. If you feel down that day, but you go out of your way to put on something that always makes you feel good, wouldn’t that affect your feelings in some way? Now take some time to think of a couple outfits or pieces of clothing that you feel amazing in when you wear them. Next time you wake up with a lack of motivation, go back to those pieces and consider trying your “power outfit” to live out that look good, feel good mentality.
Erin Regan, otherwise known as @ConvenientlyFabulous, is passionate about the look good, feel good mentality. When she is not rocking a classic rock band tee and leggings, she is finding ways to combine bohemian and classic styles. To follow her style watches and mindfulness tips follow her at convenientlyfabulous.com.