Does the way you view your body on a day to day basis determine what you wear? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about self perception and how it affects your style. I wanted to write a post that invited my readers to get involved and comment about how their own self perception dictated the clothes they wore or maybe it doesn’t? Kind of like the old reader’s questions posts I used to do.
I recently worked with a client that had lost a lot of weight. He was just coming to terms with his new body shape so was still wearing clothes that weren’t a great fit. Even though I found out later he had a fantastic eye at knowing what good fitting clothes looked like, his perception of his body hadn’t quite caught up with the reality of it.
I suppose it can also go the other way. I often see plus size bloggers giving the middle finger to naysayers by wearing clothes they’re typically told they can’t wear because of their size.
How about your sense of style?
Maybe you wear muted colours or baggy clothes because you’ve got poor self perception or when you’re having ‘bad days’? Even the most body confident have bad days and it’s funny as we focus on the things we don’t like about ourselves rather than the brilliant bits. Typically you’d think when having a bad day one would avoid prints, bold colours and certain cuts of clothes, but is this actually case?
How about your personality?
Do you wear clothes that are congruent with your self perception or wear them based on how you’d like others to perceive you? Perhaps ol’Miley (Cyrus) is a good example of this, licking her sledgehammer and gyrating on her wrecking ball chain. Putting her gesticulations aside for the moment, her OTT attire is a conscious decision, used to shake off the image of wholesome Hannah Montana and perceive her as an ‘adult’. At least that’s what we’re lead to believe.
Uniforms are often associated with work but some individuals also adopt them. I’m not talking abut garish prints and cheap polyester, but perhaps bold colours, minimalist knits, greyscale colour palettes. Rather than a signature, a distinct set of clothes or colour palette worn no matter what season, day of the week or occasion.
The beauty of adopting such a wardrobe philosophy is no matter how you perceive yourself your clothes will be kind of the same. No more hunting for those ‘fat day pants’. Irrespective of how you see yourself each day you can find solace in the consistency of your wardrobe.
So I’d love to know how your self perception affects your style?
I love reading and replying to all your comments so let me know your answer in the comments section below.