What Is The Link Between Personal Style and Self-Image?
Most clients who see me for styling ideas initially phoned because they felt like they were in a rut. Not just a style rut, but a whole life rut.
With their wardrobes, they were in a sartorial rut, finding they were wearing (and shopping) the same outfits over and over for years. Their body shapes had changed, but they didn’t know how to adapt to the new them.
Their lifestyles had also changed. Careers, having children, children growing up, marriages and divorces, etc. which created a feeling of loneliness and being lost to the world.
No wonder their confidence was eroding. Clients phoned me for styling, but 99% of the time it was styling and life-coaching they needed, as they were battling self-conscious issues about their figures, wardrobes and their lives.
The first step to putting them back on track was to teach them how to style the clothes they already owned, toss out what was needed, keep what we could work with. Doing this gave us a fantastic base to build up from. Sometimes clients would even stop there because they discovered that they didn’t have to go shopping. They had hidden treasures at the back of their wardrobes they didn’t know how to wear. Other times we worked out what was missing from their wardrobes and shopped only for the missing pieces.
Once we had their style worked out, they started to feel happier. Clients walked taller, felt healthier about themselves and loved accepting all the compliments coming their way.
Seeing the client’s reactions firsthand made me realise how closely style and self-image are linked.
There are many different paths to self-love. There are a million different ways to bolster your body image and feelings of self-worth and all of them are worth exploring. Bookshops are full of shelves on the topics and seminar halls are filled with motivational speakers. So now we ask the critical question,
“Why should you consider personal style as a means to transform your self-image?”
The answer is that over 15 years, working with thousands of people, I have seen that teaching people to find their personal style automatically helps enormously with their self-image and self-worth. There are some who fall back into a rut, who call me again, but many more use the knowledge they have learned in their style consultations and now enjoy a stylish, happy and prosperous life.
Making the change to your dressing can affect how you view your body-image, even if it is the same as it has been. Finding styles, colours and textures to enhance your natural assets and hide any figure challenges will assist you to see how gorgeous and beautiful you are right now - and have been all along. Just by changing the clothing, shoes and accessories that adorn your body, you can change your relationship with that body for the better.
Look good, feel great with style, every day.
Everyone can use personal style as a tool for cultivating self-care and confidence in who they are. You can learn to flatter your figure. You can utilise your natural beauty to reflect your undeniably fantastic self to the world.
And when you do, you may find that you’ve kick-started the discovery of self-love and enjoying who you are.
“Life is too short not to look and feel fabulous, every day” – Carolyn Rowland, Cazinc
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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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