One of the basic necessities for human beings is clothing. However, unlike the Stone Age we aren’t sewing together the fur of animals for our pants. Well, at least most of us aren’t. It’s almost arguably said that clothing is even more important nowadays. Depending on location, occasion, and personal preference, we have a variety of outfits for everything. Hence, why most clothing is put into different sections online such as ‘business casual’, ‘night out’, ‘formal’ and so many more categories. The clothing we put on indicates what we are doing and the mood we want to portray.
Not only does clothing tell the story of our day, but it’s also a reflection of who we are as a person. Clothing is a visual statement of how you see yourself. The clothing we wear also gives strangers an insight into your values, personality traits, belief, and mood. This insight can come from the graphic on your shirt or the political comment on your hat to so much more.
We have all been taught not to judge appearances, however, they are the first thing we see. They tell us how to approach and even open conversation topics with others. How many conversations begin with, “I like your shirt,” or something along those lines? Clothing is more than a reflection of yourself, but a way to connect with other people.
Clothing should not be a mask, only a reflection of the beauty and happiness from within. It can be tempting to use clothing as armor or a front that is accepted in the society, we live in. For women to feel empowered and liberated by fashion they need to understand that fashion can be anything they want. The outfits we wear should be celebrated. Clothing should never be dictated by what you feel is an obligation or a standard. Let your clothing tell the story of you. If you’re unsure on if your clothing is empowering, ask yourself these questions:
Do you feel good in what you’re wearing?
(If so, wear it!)
Is there anything you’re wearing for someone else’s benefit over your own?
(If what you’re wearing is for someone else, consider changing to what you want.)
Do you feel empowered if someone looks what you’re wearing up and down?
(Strut it up!)
These may be minor questions, but they can help you figure out if your outfit is for yourself and your empowerment. Any other answer indicates you need to change. Wear that bold outfit with confidence and let your clothing empower you.