Think about a day when you felt you looked really good. Maybe you were wearing a great outfit, a pair of jeans that fit just right, or you were having a great hair day. How was your mood? I know when I feel like I look good, I am much happier than when I feel like I don’t look so good.
The experts agree. Even CancerCare Manitoba provides a Look Good Feel Better service to clients who are experiencing cancer and treatment-related appearance changes.
If you are sitting around in your pyjamas all day, you probably won’t feel very motivated to go out and do things. If you get dressed for work in the dark and don’t really put much thought into it beyond just avoiding being naked, you probably aren’t going to feel like you look great.
It’s worth it to spend a little extra time making sure you look your best. Here are some tips for improving your appearance and your feeling of well being.
If you find yourself short on time in the mornings when you’re getting ready for work, try picking out your clothes the night before. Don’t just include the basic outfit. Pull out co-ordinating pieces like socks, hose, shoes, and jewellery.
Can’t seem to find a thing to wear? Sometimes you need to take the time to do a wardrobe inventory. Think about what you need your clothes for. You may need clothes for the office, clothes for leisure time, and clothes for special occasions.
Sort through what you have. If it is really worn out it probably isn’t office worthy anymore.
Consider tossing it. If things don’t fit well, consider having them tailored. If you have clothes that just don’t flatter you and they sit in the closet month after month, never seeing the light of day, consider donating them to charity. If you’re not sure about your wardrobe, ask a friend or family member for a second opinion.
Now that you’ve narrowed it down to things that fit well, flatter you, and are in good condition, you need to see if there are things that you need to add. You don’t need expensive designer brands to look good, you just need pieces that are made of good quality fabric and fit well. For ideas try flipping through a fashion magazine or checking out the Internet. If you still don’t know where to start, you might want to ask a fashionable friend for help.
Hygiene is important to your appearance too. Regularly showering and washing your hair really helps you look and feel better. Always make sure you comb all your hair. Sometimes I see someone who looks great from the front but when they turn their back, they have total bed head. That is never a good look on anyone!
Before you leave the house, take one last look in the mirror to make sure you look pulled together. Knowing you look good will boost your confidence, helping you have a great day.
Camille Meub is a La Salle-based writer.
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