Tips To Revitalize Your Look & Boost Your Confidence
Most of us feel more confident when we look good. If you’re looking to change things up or you’re bored of the same old wardrobe, there are myriad ways to revitalize your look.
Read on to explore some ideas to ensure you start the new season with a spring in your step.
Revamp Your Wardrobe and Celebrate Your Style
We may not be able to get glammed up for parties or dress up for weddings right now. That doesn’t mean that you can’t revamp your wardrobe.
The clothes we wear not only influence the way we look, but they also have a major bearing on how we feel.
If you look in the mirror and you love what you see, you’ll feel confident. Whether you’re wearing a ball gown or a comfy new lounge set.
Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Wear the same clothes often or find it hard to put looks together? Start by creating a new capsule wardrobe.
It can help you keep up with trends. As well as put stylish ensembles together in a quick, easy and affordable way.
The idea is to build a core wardrobe. One you can jazz up by adding accessories and a few statement pieces each season.
Start by investing in good quality basics and versatile items. Plain camis, vests and sweaters. It’s good to have shift dresses, pencil skirts, blouses and blazers for work.
Jeans, chuck-on midi and maxi skirts and dresses, tees and sweaters for casual wear are great too.
Once you’ve got a selection of pieces, you can mix and match to design a host of different looks. Adding accessories helps to lift understated items and give your outfits style and personality.
Change It Up
As the seasons’ change and new trends emerge, buy a couple of statement pieces to revive and freshen up your wardrobe.
For spring, you could go for a floral midi dress. You can dress it up with heels and a cinched waist bel. You can dress it down with trainers and a cross-body bag and sunglasses.
Opt for a chic camel or blush trench coat to mix it up. You can also use a capsule wardrobe for going on vacation or packing for work trips.
When shopping for new clothes, take inspiration from catwalk looks and magazines and social media. Don’t feel pressured to buy into trends that you don’t like.
Fashion should be a celebration of your individuality. There are no right or wrong answers. Choose items that you like the look of, try them on and see how you feel.
Invest in clothing that makes you feel great. Everyone has their own sense of style, and that’s what makes fashion fun and interesting.
Customize, Upcycle and Accessorize
Many of us love fashion, but we don’t want to spend a fortune on new clothes every season. If you’re looking for budget-friendly ways to freshen up your look, here’s how. Embrace sustainability by customizing and upcycling pieces that have seen better days.
If you’re creative, you can turn any old t-shirt into a fabulous and unique top. Make a plain denim or leather jacket into an eye-catching piece.
From fringing and sequins to patches and coloured dye, you can alter individual items’ appearance to breathe new life into your wardrobe.
Accessorizing is another brilliant idea if you want to switch up your outfits without buying a whole new wardrobe or blowing the budget.
Using brooches, jewelry, bags, discounted shoes, hats, scarves and gloves, you can transform any outfit. This will make your clothes stretch further in terms of creating different looks.
Take a basic tee and slim-fit jeans as an example. By day, you can add a satchel, oversized sunglasses, a throw-on shirt, stacking rings and a pair of flat sandals.
By night, replace the shirt with a fitted blazer, tuck in the tee, a statement collar necklace, a clutch, and a pair of heels.
Shop around for deals. Look out for flash sales and discount codes. You can even explore vintage and second-hand stores if you love retro fashion.
Try Out New Hairstyles and Colours
The pandemic has triggered a surge in sales of home colouring kits. Many of us have attempted DIY cuts at home, myself included.
Though others prefer to wait until life has returned to something close to normal to experiment. Especially with new hairstyles or colours. If you’re feeling brave or salons have reopened in your local area, changing your hair can have an incredible impact on your look.
Have long hair and you’re keen to see if a shorter cut would suit you? Maybe you’re intrigued by highlights or a bolder tone of brown, blonde or red.
Flick through magazines, get some ideas from social media, and ask your stylist for advice.
Different cuts suit different face shapes, and colours can enhance your complexion and bring out your best features.
You Don’t Have to Commit
You can also experiment with new styles and colours without going to the salon or braving a bold move.
With temporary dye, you can turn your hair peach, silver or rose for a few days. You can do your hair in different ways by following online tutorials.
From braids and up-dos to beachy waves or tight curls. You can have lots of fun discovering new looks.
Change Up Your Makeup
Many of us buy multiple makeup products only to use the same items day in, day out. If you have a 5-minute regime that you rely on, why not try something different?
If you’ve got time on your hands and there’s no pressure to look your best for meetings or nights out, you can experiment with different products and see what suits you.
Look for inspiration and step-by-step guides online and see which looks you like on other people.
If you see a look you like, you can recreate it at home. You can often find the products and application techniques online or in magazines.
Have fun with makeup and learn what suits you.
You might find that a bright red lip isn’t your best look, but there’s no harm in trying it out. Use trial and error to identify looks you can use.
Increase Activity Levels
Exercise can work wonders for our confidence and body image. Being more active can help you lose weight and tone up if you’re keen to trim down.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain rise. This provides a natural high.
Aim to increase your activity levels if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Especially if you don’t hit the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate exercise recommended by experts.
Go for a walk or a bike ride every day. Start jogging or running, get involved with exercise classes or virtual workouts. You can take up a new hobby, golf, tennis, hiking, climbing or fishing.
If you find it hard to stay motivated, focus on the feeling you get after a workout. Rather than the discomfort that you may experience during the session.
Make Exercise Fun
Do activities that you enjoy so that working out doesn’t feel like a chore. Get friends and family involved. Start making active pursuits part of your daily routine.
Wearing an activity tracker is an excellent idea for those who want to increase the amount of exercise they do.
Start by seeing where you are. If you’re walking 3,000 steps a day, for example, set yourself a target of 4,000 and then gradually increase the number as you get fitter.
You can also set a goal of a certain number of active minutes per day. This is to ensure you meet or exceed the weekly target of 150 minutes of activity.
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Many of us feel more confident when we look good. If you’re stuck in a style rut, or you don’t feel happy when you look in the mirror, we don’t.
There are multiple ways you can revitalize and revamp your look and give your confidence a boost.
From freshening up your wardrobe and trying new hairstyles. Perhaps changing your makeup and being more active, can enhance your self-esteem.
Have fun with fashion and beauty and improve your health and wellbeing.
Do you have any tips to help revitalize your look and boost your confidence?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.