Happy YOU year! It’s a new year, and a new you! You are back at the gym, eating healthier, and just feeling like your best self, right? Honestly, all of that sounds like A LOT of pressure for the first month of the year. Why not start with something a bit more fun like… your clothing! There is nothing better than putting on an amazing outfit and feeling super confident all day because of it. Yes, you heard me, your clothing can have that power!
Here are 5 awesome tips to feel motivated through your clothing.
1. Setting yourself up for success when you shop
This first tip is probably one of my most crucial because it really does set you up for success in your overall clothing experience. When you are going shopping, make sure you are wearing an outfit you like & are feeling good in it! There is nothing worse than feeling “blah” while shopping because chances are, you won’t like anything you are going to try on.
Not only do you want to feel good while you shop, you also want to be prepared. Head over to some of your fave fashion bloggers sites or start pinning on Pinterest some pieces you want to add into your wardrobe! Having a few pieces that you have been eyeing for the past little while will only make you feel more excited to wear it throughout the week once it’s in your closet.
2. Maintaining a tidy closet
I don’t know about you guys, but it kinda stresses me out when my closet is literally bursting at the seams (pun intended) and I am trying to figure out what to wear. You know that “I have no clothes” syndrome? Yeah, I think it’s because your closet is a mess (#sorrynotsorry). Trust me, I was guilty of this not too long ago too. I’ve broken this tip down into two main points that have literally made all of the difference for me!
• The once-a-week tidy-up:
Once a week (usually on Sundays, to set me up for a successful week), I go through my closet and make sure things are hung up properly, straighten out my hangers, and just tidy it up. Honestly, it’s a quick and easy way to make you feel way better about the clothes you are putting on! Nothing is worse than spending 20 minutes looking for that one sweater you want to wear and then finding it wedged in the back corner of your closet.
• Only hang-up clothes you actually wear:
I also only hang the clothes I really do wear because it makes me feel like each piece I have hung is special. It makes every item feel like it is being taken care of and in-turn makes you feel more put together when you put it on. The rest of my clothes, I keep in storage for the mean time in case I want to go back to them. This also makes it way easier to put together an outfit because every piece hung up are the one’s you love!
3. Focus on certain styles/colours that you feel confident in
I feel like there is a constant pressure to compare when it comes to wearing certain things & having a specific kind of style (especially with the Instagram world). But, it really always does come back to feeling confident in what makes YOU feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I love how Instagram and social media has allowed us to provide and find style inspiration (I mean, it’s kind of what I do lol). But, it’s always the best when you can take this inspiration and turn it into your own look with your own unique style. Be inspired, but stay true to you & whatever makes you feel good in at the end of the day, is what really matters!
4. Feel motivated through your clothing by planning your outfit the night before
I really love this fourth tip because I think it’s a great way to feel motivated through your clothing in the morning. Picture this, you have woken up late for work, your alarm clock is ringing so loud that you already have a headache, and when you finally get up & open your messy closet, you have to figure out what to wear. To me, this sounds like a bad morning & a de-motivating outfit waiting to happen. So, why not skip that whole morning mess and plan your outfit in the evening after you have taken off your makeup & gotten in your comfy pj’s! Your mindset will be way more open to putting time into a good outfit and trust me, you will be so thankful you did that next morning you wake up late for work.
5. Having “nice” comfy clothes (aka athleisure-wear)
This last tip is one that I have recently taken more of an effort towards and it really does feel great! I feel like we usually put our priority into having nice work clothes/going out clothes, but rarely put that same effort into the clothes we wear on the weekends. This really doesn’t need to be expensive – places like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara have whole sections dedicated to the “athleisure” trend.