People love to debate whether what you wear impacts how others view you. Through centuries, the fashion industry has evolved to become a mega billion dollar industry. The fashion world wields a lot of influence to what kind of attire we put on, yet nothing has ever stayed constant. What has, though, is that we have to put clothes on and try to impress the world around us every day.
Truthfully, none of it would matter if everyone could remain unfazed by the distractions and opinions of the media about what kind of clothes we have to put on. It isn’t pleasant trying to tailor our lives and be among the elite who think they worth more because of what they put on.
If Mark Zukerberg can be cool with putting the same type of attire on almost every day, we should not be concerned about what others say about what we wear.
1. It takes courage to wear what you want
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
The thing about fashion is that wearing what you want takes courage. People respect those who wear what they want. The only thing in between those lines is that you have to appear to be courageous to earn that respect.
2. It shows you are not insecure
“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.” — Ralph Lauren
Your self-worth and respect should never be determined by what others are saying. Dressing to suit a pattern or a lifestyle could mean that you have a certain insecurity or inferiority, and what you wear could identify you with the crowd. In scenarios like this you have to convince yourself you don’t care before you start actually caring.
3. You get to be creative
“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.” — Alexander McQueen
Many people do not want to try and be creative. They are afraid of this because they feel that their effort could prove futile. Being creative with what you wear could positively affect your confidence and show how stylish your outfit seems.
4. You appreciate who you are
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.” — Betsey Johnson
You should never let the opinion of others define who you are. You should understand that people’s comments about your fashion style can be fickle. One minute they are saying something negative and the next minute they are looking at something else. Such comments are temporary and don’t last. What lasts and is indefinite is your uniqueness, and you should learn to appreciate this.
5. You are a trendsetter
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” — Gianni Versace
If you want to lead, then you better stop following. Because whether you want it or not, dressing differently will certain attract attention. Even kind old ladies will be happy to come up to and tell you that you have made their day. When you dress different you attract not only attention but also delightfulness and amusement. Who doesn’t want to be the one calling the shots?
It is up to you at the end of the day to dictate the way you want to be loved and wanted. There is no point in seeking validation from the world around you – you can only find this from your inner self.
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