When I talk with women about their personal style, they mention many reasons why this is a challenging area in their lives. The most common issues are the desire to be comfortable, concerns about body size and time. However, you need not be stopped by any of these.
All of these issues are solvable.
Recently, I injured my knee and I came up against each one of them myself. It made me realize I needed to address these issues with you directly. Let’s tackle each one so you can learn how to surmount these obstacles yourself!
Many women cite comfort as the reason they cannot embrace personal style. I get it — style can feel like a huge effort and polished looks are often tailored and tight. However, it is absolutely possible to mix comfort and great personal style, especially in this era of the sneaker!
In fact, currently, I’m almost exclusively wearing sneakers. I recently injured my knee and need to be solid on the ground. I love the idea of slip-ons for ease, but I feel the need for laces to feel the shoes are solidly on my feet. While I’m all about safety, my sneakers are seriously cute!
You can feel beautiful without pain.
Would you be surprised to know that Chanel got her start designing comfortable dresses for the modern woman?
Chanel invented jersey for a reason: she was a busy, ambitious woman on the move. She wanted to look and feel great without sacrificing one iota of style. You are, too!
Many women cite body size as the reason they cannot embrace personal style. I get it — it can often feel like fashion is geared only to those who look like Barbie. However, it is absolutely possible to embrace your personal style regardless of your body size.
Why? Because when you create a personal style you love, you make feeling good about how you look your everyday reality. Yes — you read that right.
You can feel beautiful at any size.
Would you be surprised to know that in my process for personal style, your size is just data we collect along with many other data points?
It’s not a barrier; it’s just an element. You can find great pieces in your size once you know what you’re seeking and where to look. It’s true that there is more on offer for women in the middle size range — but more choices can actually be an issue itself!
Many women cite time as the reason they cannot engage with their personal style. I get it. Women disproportionally shoulder domestic duties, care-giving and often are engaged in full- or part-time paid work on top of it all.
It can feel like personal style is impossible. Shopping, organizing, spending money on things that don’t fit or feed good. Who needs it?
The truth is — everyone does. Everyone gets dressed every day. Why not make it work for you?
Think of your education. You invested time up-front with the expectation of a return. Style is the same way. Like education, it can help lift you from the grind into a life you enjoy.
How? Because when you create a personal style that showcases the amazing things you offer the world, you begin to remind yourself and others you were put on this planet for a reason – and it likely was not to load and unload the dishwasher!
You can feel beautiful and confident no matter how time-crunched.
Would you be surprised to know that creating your personal style can actually save you time?
Getting dressed becomes easier, your weekly laundry becomes easier, shopping becomes easier, packing becomes easier, saying yes to opportunities becomes easier — as does saying no to things that drain your energy.
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