Now we all have our favorite pieces of clothing in the closet.  We know the feeling of what it’s like to put on our favorite jackets, tops, sweaters or our best pair of jeans. As I’m sure you can tell, I constantly look for simple and easy ways to implement self-care because I know how challenging it can be figure out what caring for yourself may look like and how to get started. One of the many simple ways I have learned to care for myself is through the upkeep of my appearance--which includes getting dressed.

Would you believe me if I told you that getting dressed can drastically improve your mood and how you feel about yourself?

Sounds simple enough--right? It can become one of those things that slips our minds when going through our lives on a day-to-day basis. Whether you are headed to work or school, getting dressed may be the last thing you even think about. However, putting on a favorite piece--or even an entire outfit that you’re proud of--can drastically boost your mood and esteem in ways you couldn’t have even imagined.

Before I started my blog, I remember there would be days I would wake up and for whatever reason, I was in the mood to get dressed. I’d already have a look in mind or pull out one of my favorite items of clothing and create a look surrounding that, and somehow my spirits were boosted almost instantly once I had gotten dressed and looked in the mirror. 
I went through the entire day knowing I looked good according to me, which translated, immediately into how I felt about myself. It worked so well, other people would take notice, but even if they didn’t I knew that I looked good to me and that was what mattered most. 
You want to aim to make sure you’re constantly cultivating positive feelings for yourself, and getting dressed can definitely affect that.

While a majority of the time I wish I could be dressed like I am for my blog, I usually dress depending on my mood and environment.

What I put on and how I get dressed drastically change how I feel about myself. You do not have to go all out wearing your best outfit everyday--I know I sure don’t--but you can wear those items that genuinely make you happy. Incorporate your favorite blazer into your business attire, putting on those jeans you have been dying to wear that took forever to arrive, create a look surrounding your favorite statement necklace or if you know you’re going to be sitting pretty somewhere maybe those amazing heels that are too cute to stand in.

Whatever it is, if it changes your mood for the better...wear it!

I know there are probably going to be some days when we don’t necessarily feel like putting a whole lot of effort into how we look, but on the other days try putting on your favorite item and see how it affects the way you take on the day. I honestly love it when I’m cute and comfortable. Even on my way to work if I’m comfortable and feel cute, my day goes just a little bit better knowing that I look good according to me. These are just simple things to help boost your overall mood. While appearance isn’t everything, certain enhancers fashion wise can certainly add to how we feel about ourselves. So take a chance and wear what makes you feel good, it only adds to your esteem for the better.

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