As the New Year approaches, we start to think about goals we have for ourselves for the coming year. An old New Year’s saying is to “Bring out the old and ring in the New”. In other words, a New Years Makeover.
Typically, at the beginning of a new year, we look at what we accomplished over this last year and what our goals are for the coming year.
This New Year’s article will cover a unique way of looking at this aspect, but today I would like to cover how our closets may affect how we see ourselves & our accomplishments more than we realize. I’m talking about the clothes, shoes & accessories we are storing in our closets & what they are portraying to us on a daily basis.
Everything that surrounds us is confirming a story that we have about ourselves. That includes our home, where we go for meals out, where we stay when we travel, our friends & yes, our closets. When we look into our closet do our current clothes & accessories reflect who we want to see ourselves as today or are they telling a story of parts of our past that no longer serve us?
Perhaps our clothes tell a story of:
When we didn’t believe/love yourself
When we did not want to be seen
When we lived in the sidelines
When we pleased others, but not yourself
When we dressed for someone else instead of yourself
Or, perhaps our closet tells a story of:
How worthy & confident we feel now
How much we accept & love your body (no matter what size)
How we understand & communicate our personal brand
How our clothes colors & styles are bringing out the best of us
A New Years Makeover
How many old & outdated thoughts & beliefs are hanging in our closets?
Is it time for a New Year’s Makeover geared to our closets ?
During a closet makeover, most image professionals look at what clothes no longer fit, are in pristine condition & make us look our best. In addition, during this season of old & new, I am encouraging us to look at the clothes in our closets as carrying energy. Each piece has either a positive or negative influence on our self-worth & how we see ourselves (our self-image).
Take some time to remove the clothes that are no longer serving you to make room for new pieces that enhance the “you” that you wish to project to the world.
Here are some questions to ask ourselves:
1)When I look at my style life, what needs to stay & what needs to go at the end of 2022/beginning of 2023?
2) What is my personal style type? Classic Tradition, Elegant/Chic, Sporty/Natural, Dramatic, Feminine/Masculine or Alluring. (We can me a mix of 2-3 types)
3)Are my clothes & accessories representing this type(s)
4) What new pieces does my wardrobe need to truly represent how I want to think about myself?
To quote one of my mentors, Tonya Leigh, ” Cultivating your self-image is about being intentional, thoughtful, and purposeful-from the thoughts you have and the outfits you choose to where you decide to go to lunch”.
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