Shopping every school year and picking out outfits every morning shouldn't feel like chores. They should be fun! If you hate getting dressed, because you hate what you look like, then there's a way for all of that to change. Here are a few lifesaving fashion tips for women with low self confidence:
1. Add Layers to Your Outfit
You don't have to pass up cute clothes, because you're uncomfortable showing certain areas of your body. If there's a dress you love, but you don't want to show off your legs, you can always wear leggings underneath. If there's a crop top you adore, but you don't want to expose your stomach, you can put a tank top underneath it or pair it with high waisted jeans.
2. Create Your Own Style Instead of Copying Other People
Don't wear low-cut shirts and mini-skirts, because you think that's the only way to look sexy. Don't wear yoga pants and Uggs, just because it's what you see everybody else around you wearing. You can create your own style. Don't wear what you think you should wear. Wear what you're actually comfortable in, and I'm not talking about physical comfort. Decide how much skin you're willing to show and what body parts you prefer showing off.
3. Buy Clothing That Actually Fits
The biggest mistake women make is buying clothes that are too big or too small for them. That's why you need to get a tape measurer and figure out your actual measurements. That way, you'll never end up buying tight jeans that show off your camel toe or oversized shirts that make you look bigger than you actually are.
4. Take Friends out Shopping with You
If you're not sure what you look best in, then ask a friend to go shopping with you. Pick someone you consider fashionable and super honest. That way, you'll trust their judgement. If they say it looks good on you, then you know it really does.
5. Embellish Your Strengths and Hide Your Weaknesses
When you go for a job interview, you mention your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Well, it's the same when picking out an outfit. You should wear clothes that show off your best assets and hide your "flaws." If the legs you love are showing, but the arms you're self-conscious about are covered, then you should feel more confident than ever.
6. Add More Accessories
If you're lacking self-confidence, because you don't have enough money to buy fancy clothes, there's an easy fix. Instead of wasting money on clothes you can't afford, buy some cheap accessories. That way, you can wear the same outfit over and over again, but no one will notice once you swap belts and cardigans and shoes.
7. Wear the Outfit at Home First
You know how you walk around in new shoes for a bit before wearing them out? Well, you should do the same with your skirts and dresses. That way, you can get comfortable wearing them. Once you're used to walking around in them in private, you shouldn't have a problem walking around in them in public.
8. Take One Fashion Risk at a Time
For girls with low self confidence the idea of taking a fashion risk can sound super daunting, right? Not necessarily! Consider one area of fashion that you could explore which you haven't already. For example, this could mean wearing more accessories or different styles of clothes. Whatever it is should be slightly out of your comfort zone, and although this might sound like something you want to avoid, it's also a great way to gain self confidence when it comes to fashion!
9. Don't Listen to Your Inner Critic
So much of the time how we look is not the problem, but it's how we allow ourselves to feel which brings us down and leaves us with low self confidence. This often comes from that super critical inner voice that we all have, full of negative and destructive thoughts. Don't listen to it! Never let this voice stop you from having confidence in yourself, ever. This voice comes directly from you, so therefore you have the ability to control it as well as to actively choose to ignore it. Go for it, girl!
10. Smile and Keep Your Chin up
At the end of the day, we can give you all kinds of fashion tips and advice for what you should wear and how you should wear it, but a huge part of having self confidence comes from the inside. To have self confidence you have to feel confident in who you are, and I'm not just talking about your approach to fashion, but more in a general sense; self confidence that shines through into different areas of your life. If this doesn't come naturally to you, maybe a good place to start is to actively work on this area of yourself, so that gradually you will achieve that super high level of confidence!
You're beautiful. You might not realize it now, but sooner or later, it'll become clear to you. What types of clothing make you feel the most confident?