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5 Reasons Why It Matters What You Wear


I'm one of those people who have done a 180 fashion-wise. When I was younger I never really gave any thought to how I dressed and to be honest I never understood why people even cared what they wore...it's just clothes, right? Just pieces of material and fabric sewn together and thrown on us so that we're not all running around in the nude? (Now I'm picturing everyone running around in the nude all day long and it's traumatising me.)

As the years have passed my opinions have completely shifted and I've realised that how I dress really affects my mood and has a huge impact on my confidence and the way I carry myself in general. Basically I've realised that what I wear does matter, and I'm finally at a point in my life where I don't think it makes me shallow or vein to admit all of that.

Hear me out.



01. An Instant Confidence Boost. 

Some days are easier than others but if I'm wearing an outfit I love, I seriously feel like I can conquer anything (okay well not exactly anything, but you get the drift). Sometimes all it takes is throwing on my favourite coat and it's like my confidence instantly shoots up and I just feel...better.

I'm not saying that your confidence is or should be completely tied to what you wear because that's going a little too far, but I think failing to recognise the potential that an outfit has to boost your spirits is just a missed opportunity. A nice shirt, your favourite bag, a new pair of sunglasses or your trusty denim jeans- it's crazy how these things can perk you up and give your mood a little extra something something.


02. Cause and Effect. 

On the other end of the spectrum with clothes being linked to confidence, whether I like it or not, how I dress also affects how I interact and socialise with others. I've seen it happen time and time again, if I'm wearing something sloppy or something that I don't really feel comfortable in I barely want to talk to anyone and I just want to get through the day as quick as I can. To avoid that feeling I find it much more satisfying to string together an outfit that projects the image I want to give off, and go from there. So despite your mood or personal circumstances, dress for how you want to feel and dress for how you want to be seen or perceived. Which leads me to...

03. Clothes Are Our 21st Century Armour. Wield Them Carefully. 

I know some people say that your outfit should reflect your mood but I don't necessarily agree with that. Sometimes I'll have a bad month or bad few months and ideally all I'll want to do is walk around in size XL pyjamas all day (so comfy) but if I actually did that I highly doubt I'd feel any better about anything, I'd probably feel worse.

If I'm wearing sandals and a breezy summer outfit, I can't help but feel more relaxed. If I'm wearing a structured jacket and heels, I automatically feel more powerful, confident and capable. I like to treat my clothes like my armour. A different outfit = a different suit of armour so I can change things up daily depending on how I feel, how I want to feel or what I'm doing that day. When I put on a different outfit I can feel like a completely different person (and not in a Jekyll & Hyde kind of way).




           



04. People Do Judge A Book By Its Cover.

Even if you hate fashion and don't think it's worth a second thought at all, that won't stop people from judging you based on what you wear (sadly). I think it's just a quick-fire natural response to look at someone and have an immediate reaction or perception, even if you catch yourself a minute later and think how stupid you are for making assumptions about someone based on their clothes. I know I do it even if I don't want to, it's like an involuntary knee-jerk reaction.  

Story time: Back when I was at university I wore a lot of structured jackets and monochrome pieces (pretty much how I dress now) and I had multiple classmates tell me that they thought I was a really confident person who basically always had everything in life organised and sorted. Well yeah, I do like to keep organised but back then I was an emotional mess and so so far from confident! I found it bizarre that these people were saying I exuded confidence when in reality at that stage of my life I probably had some of the lowest self-esteem I've ever had.

What all of that taught me is that even if you don't think what you wear 'says' anything, it probably does. 







05. Ask Around.

I think one of the most interesting things you can do is to ask one or multiple people how they would perceive you if they were to see you for the first time. Just hear them out and you might be surprised by what they have to say, I know I always am.

I feel like it goes without saying that you can obviously wear whatever you want and when it comes down to it you should wear what makes you feel confident and happy, but sometimes just in general it can be helpful to hear what other people have to say about your outfits, incase you're giving off a vibe you really don't want to be giving off. 

I think especially when you're doing things like going for job interviews this little exercise can be really helpful.











DETAILS

Ray-Ban '2447' Round Sunglasses-
Sunglasses Shop* (kindly gifted)

Turtleneck- Country Road

Coat- Zara

Jeans- General Pants Co. 

Ankle boots- ASOS






We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and that everyone has a story to them, but realistically we don’t all have the time to sit down and have an in-depth life conversation with everyone we pass by in a day so we tend to make our judgements quickly. So the next time you’re leaving the house, take an extra minute to consider what you’re wearing and if you're feeling especially crappy that day, treat your clothes like your armour. Clothes give you that incredible opportunity to project any image you want- so we may as well all take advantage. 


Do you think what you wear matters? Or do you think it doesn't really make a difference?

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171 comments:

  1. I definitely agree, I know that you shouldn't care about what others think of you but you also want to be presentable. I think wanting to look presentable and looking good for others are very different, this is a great advice! Great outfit by the way and I LOVE your sunglasses! :) xx

    -Mitzee

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    1. I completely agree and I don't think anyone should ever be ashamed to say that they take pride in the way they dress.

      Thanks Mitzee, I'm so weird and picky about sunglasses but I actually felt like these ones suited me!

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  2. A great post! I definitely agree with all your points, especially the cause and effect point. I can name so many moments when I didn't feel like being social while wearing certain clothes. It's so important to feel comfortable in our own "skin" (aka clothes)

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    1. Yep I completely agree, especially because when we're out and about our clothes basically are acting as a second skin. That may sound creepy but I feel like you know what I mean?

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  3. Yes. What you wear really do affect you. ;) Clothes is another part of lookism. Its really nice to get that boost of confidence in just wearing your fave things.

    <3 | X | alyinwanderland.com | Latest: Golden Light Style Post

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  4. I agree with everything in this post! Seeing old pictures of me makes me realize how my fashion sense was horrific. Nowadays, I tend to overthink about what I wear when I step out of the house, because, well, I just wanna look good! It does boost my confidence as well. x

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    1. Oh god it's the same with me, I look back and cringe at some of the things I used to wear and it doesn't help when I remember how bad I used to feel back then as well.

      I also don't think there's anything wrong with putting time and effort into what you wear, as long as in the end you feel confident and happy :)

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  5. I have to agree with you 100%! I feel this is especially the case for me at work. When I wear an outfit I really love it instantly perks up my mood and I feel so much more confident. The reverse is the same if I wear a badly planned out outfit or something I don't really like. I don't think it's vain necessarily because it's it is about yourself and how you feel so I say go for it! Same goes for make up for me as well I think hahaha! Loving this outfit by the way! xx

    Chantalle | www.ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Yes exactly, I was nodding throughout reading that entire comment. I hate that a couple of years ago I used to feel embarrassed to say that I cared about how I dressed but you're completely right, it's all about how you feel and if something is going to pick you up then what on earth is vein or wrong with that?

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  6. I am in love with your sunglasses! I definitely agree with your sentiments. Sometimes an outfit kind of sets the tone / mood for your day. Or at least that is how I feel

    nat | dignifiable

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    1. That's how I feel as well Nat, a bad outfit never sets me up well for the day ahead.

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  7. ven though I'm not a huge fashion/clothes girl, I couldn't agree more with you! My clothes have such a huge impact on my mood, my confidence and, I do believe the instant reflex we have, when we see somebody for the first time, is to look at what he/she's wearing. That's normal, and it is actually quite funny to discover, over time, that nobody comes done to what he/she's wearing!

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    1. I was wondering how this post would be received by the non fashion lovers out there so that makes me so happy to hear that you agree with what I was trying to say. I also think you're right that half the fun in getting to know someone is to find out how different they are from your initial perceptions of them.

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  8. I'am in love with your goggles & i have no words for your beauty :)

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    1. By goggles I'm hoping you mean sunglasses? But thank you! :)

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  9. Stunning - love, love, love this outfit and your jacket os gorgeous too!!! Hope you're well and looking forward to more outfit posts from you! Love your style hun!!

    Hope you're well and looking forward to the weekend :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Thanks Layla, I'm really glad you enjoyed this outfit post. Hopefully I'll have more up like this in future! :)

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  10. I believe confidence derives from your personal presentation. Great post!

    xoxo
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  11. I am loving the striped turtleneck! Super chic!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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    1. Thanks Mel, I get so much use out of it!

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  12. I agree with all of this! Personally I dress up everyday because it makes ME feel better about myself and puts me in a good/productive mood. If i'm ever looking slouchy, it reflects in my mood too.

    Love this outfit BTW + those sunnies are so cute!

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    1. I'm the exact same Sarah, I dress up for me as well so it can be frustrating sometimes when people don't understand that and just think you're dressing for others.

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  13. someone once told me 'dress for the job you want, not the job you have.' I've really tried to update my fashion game because of this, and noticed that it gives me that extra boost I need. I feel more confident, productive, and capable. couldn't agree with this more xX

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    1. That's a great quote Kynia and one I'm going to try and remember myself as well, I'm really happy you liked this post too :)

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  14. when i was an early teen, i never put any thoughts into my outfits and i got more and more into fashion the older i got. feeling confident in my outfit just feels so good and i love being well dressed.


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    1. I feel the same way, I think feeling comfortable and confident in how you dress makes you feel so much better about yourself.

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  15. You look so pretty and the photos are beautiful! :) x
    Helena - Swedish girl in Tokyo
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  16. Good points! I care more about what I wear than when I was younger. People do judge you so it's good to present yourself nicely I guess!


    JennyLovesBeauty♥

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  17. This is such a well thought out post! Every point made a lot of sense, and it was really interesting to read because I had never thought of some of those points before! I definitely agree with it all. Also your outfit is perfection :)
    Julia | Julia in Bluhm

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    1. Thank you so much Julia! I was a little nervous to publish this post so reading comments like that really makes me happy.

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  18. What a great post Julia! I think that what I wear pretty much always affects the way I feel. I love dressing up and putting a bit of effort into the way I look- it always makes me feel more confident. I love knowing what looks good and elegant on me. Sometimes I like dressing up even when I'm staying home for the day- it always gives me a quick boost of confidence:)

    Paula
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    1. Thanks Paula, it's actually really comforting to know that other people feel the same way as me.

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  19. We have the same thoughts, clothes give me confidence and conceal my bad mood when I'm dressed nicely. And when I don't I hope and pray nobody will see me on my sweatpants when I go to the corner store. Nicely written!

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    1. Thank you Mercy! You're right, if I'm dressed sloppy I always hope I don't see anyone I know!

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  20. I love the idea of clothes being 21st century armour! I fully agree on all these points. Picking the right clothes can totally boost your confidence and make you much happier.
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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  21. Love your style!

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  22. Love your style!

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  24. Great post!

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  25. Your outfit is so effortless cool! I totally agree that dressing nicely and feeling like a #BossLady in an outfit, helps boost up my confidence. Also, I need to try out asking around how people would perceive me if they met me for the first time.

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    1. Ah thank you so much Carina! I love your comment about feeling like a #BossLady in an outfit.

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  26. clothes really do have an effect on us. a lot of times i pick what to wear based on how i'm feeling that day so if i'm lazy, i go for a more casual, loungewear kinda look. if i'm feeling like a 10/10 slaying mood, i dress it up a bit. it's so much fun to me though i know it can be viewed as stupid to others

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    1. It's a lot of fun for me too! It actually really bothers me when people say that it's 'stupid' to take pride in what you wear every day, what gives people the right to decide that that's stupid, you know?

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  27. Amazing outfit, all perfectly match, I love it, thank you for sharing, you look stunning!!!

    xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment Nora :)

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  28. I agree with your five points and I love your black and white outfit here!
    I would be very happy to stay in touch! Let me know if you wanna follow each other on bloglovin, or just follow me and I will follow back : )
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    Larissa
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    1. I'm glad you liked this monochrome outfit Larissa, I'll be sure to check out your blog :)

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  29. I totally agree with you on all of these points!

    XoXo,

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  30. Totally agree with everything you say! I had so many days where I just wanted to be in that xxl pieces because I wasn't feeling well then actually paying a little bit attention then wearing things that I love definitely brings up my mood. Unfortunately people judge the book by cover, so dressing up definitely avoids this awkward moment and like you said you don't need to explain anything then.

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    1. I'm the same, if I'm feeling bad then wearing something I really love always picks my spirits up a little. Thank you for the comment Ela :)

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  31. Love your sunglasses, how chic! And you're right on no matter what you wear, people will end up judging you although I think it really depends on where/what city you're in and I've been to places where no one gives any care to how you look... nonetheless I do try and dress nice for work, but my #1 priority is always comfort, especially working longer hours, I need to feel like I won't suffocate in a dress haha!

    ALSO YOUR HAIR <3

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    1. That's a really good point about it differing based on where you live, I hadn't really thought about that but it's so true! When I travel it's funny how some places you feel so pressured to dress a certain way and then in other places it's like people don't give you a second look.

      And thank you for the hair compliment Cherie!!

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  32. very nice pictures and look, kisses.
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  33. I love your look! That coat is gorgeous.
    XX
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  34. This is such a great post and a reminder of how much of an impact our clothes have in our current society, and ourselves as well! I totally agree with all the points above, and I can say for sure that in my case, an outfit can decide of how I feel a certain day. Thanks for sharing! xx

    Sabina | www.IveGotSunshine.com

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    1. Great point, I didn't even think about how this all comments on our current society but you're completely right that it does.

      Thanks Sabina!

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  35. I completely agree, I definitely think what you wear matters! If I go out in a baggy sweatshirt, no matter what my mood is, I feel like I look a mess which makes me want to get home asap! I definitely think it's always important to look your best, you never know who you might bump into!
    Brigitte x

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    1. Yep the exact same thing happens to me too! That's why I save all of my baggy sweatshirts to wear at home ;)

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  36. Great look! i love your booties x

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  37. Couldn't agree with you more, lovely. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we ARE being judged often by what we wear, especially in a professional setting. Here in the UK the situation is a bit more relaxed and you could see people wearing all kinds of styles and trends (or have the absence of both) but in Ukraine (I used to live there) people are obsessed with what you wear. If you're not dressed up to the nines when you go take out your trash, you will be judged big time haha! In a sense it's quite great because everyone puts a little more effort into their looks. Girls never look slouchy or worn-out, makeup is always flawless and not overdone.
    Love the post, lovely. You look great, you stunner <3
    xox Nadia
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    1. Wow that's so interesting about Ukraine! I think it would be so interesting to never really see someone walking around looking slouchy but at the same time it must be exhausting for people to always have to put a lot of effort into their looks. I think Australia and the UK are quite similar, we definitely have people here wearing all kinds of outfits and styles as well!

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  38. Such a beautiful look! I love it. x

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  39. Great article, I so agree with all of your arguments. We do make quick judgements and that's just human nature.
    Also (unrelatedly), your boots are so cute!

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    1. Really glad to hear you agree with what I'm saying. Thank you so much!

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  40. I loved reading this and couldn't agree with you more, my mood is greatly affected by what I wear and even though we all try not to judge a book by its cover it is human nature!

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    P.s. these sunglasses are amazing!

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed reading this Lizzie! I agree, I feel like I try to fight it so much but you're right that judging based on a glance is sometimes just human nature.

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  41. Not shallow or vain. What you wear matters. We dress the way we want to be addressed. Great post!

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  42. Beautiful outfit!
    I totally agree with you. What we wear matters. It is not everything but it is important. I have to be honest and say that my self steem is really low so I do not pay attention to my clothes but when I am feeling good about myself I choose to wear my favorite pieces!


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    1. You're right that what you wear isn't everything but it is important- I love how you worded that! When my self esteem is really low I actually pay more attention to my clothes because it cheers me up, maybe try and wear your favourite pieces more often and see if that helps lift your mood a little? Just a suggestion :)

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  43. It always matter, love this post! xo, Sophia from http://www.sistersandglitters.com

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  44. Style matters. great post love the pics
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    1. Thank you Tina! Glad you liked the photos as well :)

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  45. Style matters. great post love the pics
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  46. This is so true though!! I completely agree! You are killing it x

    Soph
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  47. I totally agree with these points! It makes such a difference to how you feel and your confidence levels.

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  48. I totally agree! As Blair Woldorf said, what you wear shows to people who you want to be! <3

    xo xo
    Marina
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    1. Thanks Marina, love how you incorporated a Blair Waldorf saying into all of that.

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  49. Completely agree with your post. I wear an awful lot of bright colours and I do feel it instantly lifts up my mood!

    Lima
    Fashionicide
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    1. Thank you Lima, I don't wear a lot of bright colours but I can see how they could lift your mood!

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  50. I love this post! I really agree with so many points you made! I instantly feel so much better when I have a good outfit on that makes me feel good!
    Love your outfit too, the sunglasses are so cute!

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  51. such a cute outfit !! makes me miss the fall

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    1. Thanks Carolina, don't worry I'm currently missing summer and spring!

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  52. Your sunglasses are so chic, I love this look
    xo
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  53. This was so interesting to see your take on fashion- and this look is gorgeous! 💗xx

    My Little Online Space

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  54. Such a great article! So well written and I completely agree with everything you said, especially #1 about the confidence boost. Love your outfit too! Xx

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    1. Ah thank you so so much Flora, that really means a lot :)

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  55. I completely agree about fashion having the ability to boost confidence - it can even be the basis of a good day! Also, interesting outfits can be fab conversation starters :)

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    1. Very true! It'd actually be a pretty fun experiment to wear something really out there for the day and then see how many people talk to you about it.

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  56. totally agree with the statement : you are what you wear
    loving your sunnies much!
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  57. I love this post and I totally agree that it is important to determine what you wear based off of mood, weather and where you are going. Also this all black ensemble is fabulous!

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  58. This is so perfectly written & makes such valid points. The confidence thing is a huge one for me!

    Katie // Words by Katie

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  59. Confidence is definitely number one for me! I love wearing something and feeling great about myself or just feeling happy with the way I look.

    xx, lavishingg.net

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    1. I'm the exact same Kierra, I don't even feel like me when I'm wearing something I don't like.

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  60. I totally agree with you! Clothes do totally change the way you interact with the world. When I'm sick I always get dressed up because it makes me feel better!

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    1. Depending on how sick I feel that's something I like to do as well, otherwise I just feel even worse.

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  61. I definitely see where you're coming from with this post lovely! You nailed it :D those sunglasses suit you really well too x

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  62. Such a great look, loving it!
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  63. I loved reading this post! And I think you brought up some great points. I always try to not judge a book by it's cover, but it's like you said - a knee jerk reaction. I do totally believe in dressing better to improve you mood. I love that something so simple as a pretty lipstick + a well fitting skirt can me feel just a little bit better. xo

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    1. Me too, and really I think it's pretty spectacular that things so small can cheer us up sometimes.

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  64. I feel better when I wear the clothes I ❤️ You are gorgeous in your look here too.

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    1. Thank you Alyssa that's really lovely of you to say :)

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  65. You are correct with dressing up right is an instant confidence boost, I feel the same way. And yes, people do judge the book by its cover. I mean I do it too as many others and we do need to dress properly to represent ourself in the right way.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I think we're all in the same boat, we don't want to judge a book by its cover but it's difficult not to sometimes.

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  66. I loved this post; it's so unique! Such a lovely idea. Loved the pictures, too:)<3
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  67. A very insightful post, I enjoyed reading this. You brought up some fantastic points about Fashion.

    I certainly don't think a person should be defined by their clothes however, only from the inside out, so agreed on the point 'don't judge a book by its cover'.

    Wear clothes that represent who you are, accessorising is also a great way to vamp up your style right down to the makeup and nail colours you choose.


    Lovely photographs, you look gorgeous!

    Laura xo
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    1. I couldn't have said it better myself, you're right that accessorising, hair and makeup are also a great way to express your mood through what you're wearing.

      It really makes me genuinely happy to hear that enjoyed this post and found it insightful Laura, thanks for the feedback :)
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  68. Nice boots, amazing post!

    xo,
    Priceless Ambition

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  69. Perfect look

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  70. This is a great post, I completely agree that an outfit can change how you feel so much and is well worth the effort. I absolutely love your jacket by the way.

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like the jacket, Zara always does the best jackets in my opinion.

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  71. Love the sunnies!


    Take care doll! Kisses,
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  72. What a brilliant outfit! The accessories make all the difference!

    Great post indeed!
    I've spend a little time browsing your blog, and I find it so lovely! Really looking forward to reading future content.

    Much love xx

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    1. Thanks Anice, I'm glad you liked the outfit :)

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  73. totally agree! I wear my clothes like armor most days!

    really loving this outfit on you!

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    1. Me too, it makes me feel so much more confident. And thank you!

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  74. Firstly those sunglasses really suit you and I love the photos and the city scape background!
    Secondly, this was a very interesting read. What you said really resonated with me. I remember when it first dawned on me that what I wore really did make a big difference to me in the way I felt and in the way I interacted with others. I don't think anyone has to spend a small fortune, just spending that little bit of time on yourself I think makes a big difference to your whole day.

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    1. I couldn't have said it better myself. I don't think it takes money or anything out of the ordinary, just investing a little time into considering what you're wearing is really all it takes.

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  75. Great post!

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  76. Love these sunnies! xx Madeline // http://littlemisscamellia.blogspot.com

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  77. Great post and I definitely agree with all your points. Love the sunnies!

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    1. Thank you Ann-Marie, really happy you agree with where I was coming from!

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  78. We completely agree that what you wear gives you a confidence boost, we love your whole look here, very chic!

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  79. Love the post and the outfit! :)

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  80. I can't be more agree with your post. Keep the great work and thanks for sharing your thoughts
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  81. Couldn't agree more!

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  82. Me and my boyfriend had this exact talk the other day. Almost verbatim! I love your points on confidence and LOVE your outfit.

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