Why Dressing Up Is So Important From A Self-Love Perspective by Shabana Feroze

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I have always believed in the power of dressing up. Beautiful clothes, nice shoes. Hair and makeup done tastefully. They all make you feel good from the inside.

What many of us forget is that dressing up and taking pride in our appearance is a way of loving ourselves. It’s not about vanity or being a narcissist. It’s about taking care of yourself from the outside in.

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The thing is, dressing up is such an easy way of showing ourselves some love. And it’s something we should be doing on an everyday basis. You don’t have to have expensive, designer clothes and jewellery to do it either. You just need to develop a sense of personal style and then stick to it. Soon enough it becomes a habit. You find that you can’t leave the house without looking your best. {And there is absolutely nothing wrong in that.}

Once you develop your sense of personal style, even the simplest of outfits make you look fabulous. Even a t-shirt and jeans look effortlessly chic. A well-dressed person always has an air of self-respect and charisma, even before they’ve opened their mouth to say something. When other people respect you for something as simple as your dressing, it positively impacts your self-esteem and you feel great about yourself.

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But that’s just it. It’s about how dressing up makes you feel. When you’re wearing something that shows off your unique quirks, you’re comfortable wearing it, and you know you’re slaying, you feel powerful. It even has the power to alter your mood. If you’re feeling lousy or sad, wearing your favourite clothes and looking gorgeous will make you feel good, even if you’re just at home.

The problem is that many of us forget this power that is in the simple act of dressing up. We either wear clothes we don’t like that much or don’t make an effort to look better. All of that stems from a feeling of “I’m not worth it” or “I don’t deserve to look that good”. How many times have we bought something beautiful but never worn it because we’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion or we just feel that it’s going to look too much?

You are worth it.

You deserve to look amazing, day in and day out. You deserve to look bomb all the time, whether you’re at home wearing cute pj’s, going to the supermarket, working at a job you hate or going out with friends you love. I’m telling you that this is something that has to be done every. single. day.

Life is unpredictable and can sometimes be uncontrollable. But what you can control is how you look. That includes taking care of your health and body, your skin and hair, and what you choose to wear. So go out and make heads turn. Be known as that person who always looks impeccable no matter what.

Another reason to look good is that when you look good, good things happen in your life. I don’t know what it is, but you attract good energy. I’m not talking about getting something for free because you look sexy today. It’s because your respect for yourself increases when you look after your outer appearance. The world sees this and they know that this is a person who knows what they want, and they respect you. That’s when you start to attract better things to your life. You start getting what you want. Your mindset starts to change. You realize that you’re an amazing person who deserves amazing things.

And that could change everything. And it all starts from something as simple as dressing up.

Read more about the power of dressing up and how to love yourself more in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Available on Amazon India, Kobo Books and Smashwords.

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