When it comes to fashion and beauty, we live in an enlightened age. Women are starting to band together against unrealistic ideals in beauty magazines or other outdated mediums. The idea that models have unattainable levels of beauty is something you need to push out of your head. Looking like a model is actually a doddle; though, to clarify, this doesn’t mean we’re saying that you should look photoshopped. What we mean is that anybody and everybody should have the confidence to dress in fashionable clothes, doll themselves up, and simply feel good about the way they look in the mirror. You have that potential in you and here’s how to harness it.
Posture and confidence.
We’re grouping these two things together because they’re very closely related. Good posture will improve your appearance (and your health, without meaning to sound like a nagging mom). This might seem like an overly-simple piece of advice, however. You want to improve your appearance and something as simple as changing your posture isn’t going to make any difference, surely? Well, appearance is all a matter of perception. The way people perceive you is shifted by the way in which you hold yourself; it’s all about confidence and the way in which you portray emotion.
Above all else, the way in which you hold yourself will change your self-perception. It’s a positive cycle. The more confident you look, the more confident you’ll feel every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Good posture makes you look taller, thinner, and healthier. Even if you feel that these changes are only a matter of perception, the effect it’ll have on your confidence and mindset will improve your mental health. In turn, this will have some positive effects on your physical health too.
You need to focus on keeping your face healthy if you want to start feeling more confident about the nature of your skin and your general appearance. Makeup is fine but in moderation; if your skin has been struggling with blemishes lately then perhaps you should give yourself a little break from makeup. It’s important to let your skin breathe from time to time, and it’s even more important to keep yourself hydrated if you want to maintain naturally glowing and healthy skin. Moisturizers work well but drinking lots of water works even better.
And it’s not just about making your skin glow more healthily either; keeping yourself hydrated will also clear up blemishes such as acne. Of course, there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce blemishes. You have to think about the source of the problem, above all else. Perhaps stress is the thing which has been causing your current skin aggravation. Remember, your mental health has a huge effect on your physical health. Find ways to work on de-stressing your mind, such as meditation and breathing techniques. At the end of the day, if you want your skin to look better then just look after it. That’s all there is to it; take care of yourself.
There isn’t really as much to being a fashion expert as you might imagine. Forget catwalks and the professionals who talk about which trends are and aren’t in this season. If you want to be fashionable then you have to forget about trends; otherwise, you’ll be updating your wardrobe every month. Being fashionable is about choosing clothes and accessories which accentuate your appearance but it’s about doing so in a timeless fashion. Certain styles don’t go out of fashion because they focus on simply looking good (in as objective a way as possible) rather than being “new” and “in right now”.
The goal is to buy clothes which fit. Whatever shape or size you are, don’t worry. Everybody has a different body, and there is no “ideal” figure. So you need to stop worrying about making yourself fit into clothes and start focusing on finding clothes that fit you. Loose fashion is rarely ever the way to go. Sure, you can buy that oversized jacket, as discussed further over here, but only if the rest of your outfit is hugging your body or, at least, accentuating your figure. A loose jacket won’t work if you’re wearing a loose blouse and loose jeans too. Get it? This doesn’t mean that you need to be squeezing into super-skinny clothes and struggling to breathe properly, but good fashion is about choosing an outfit which looks tailor-made to your body. Beyond that, just choose colors which work well together and try to stay away from horrendous patterns or anything your mother might wear (sorry, mom).
Who would’ve thought that something as simple as getting a little more shut-eye could improve your appearance? Well, quite a lot of people, actually. Getting “beauty sleep” is about more than making skin-deep improvements. Sleep is integral to your health on the whole and the changes to your appearance are merely a happy consequence of that. You need to be getting a solid 8 hours of sleep every night but you also need to be sleeping in a way which is supportive of your body. Make sure you have a good mattress because a weak one will lead you to have aches, pains, and a bad quality of sleep; even if you are getting 8 hours of rest. The point is that beauty sleep is a real thing. Look after your health and your appearance will become healthier too. It’s that simple.
Whilst you should definitely try to avoid being an unhealthy weight, this extends to people who are underweight as well as overweight. Keeping your body in check is about finding a happy balance somewhere in-between. Models come in all shapes and sizes which means the world is finally starting to realize that there is no “perfect” type of person. Looking beautiful is simply about looking after your health on a level beyond the surface. That’s why your main goal should simply be to keep your body active every day. That might mean using the stairs instead of the elevator and finding a way to squeeze 10,000 steps into your daily routine. Set yourself goals and turn exercise into something enjoyable for you.