As Rachel Zoe once said,“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”.
Clothes have a functional role, yes, but they represent so much more. Like the words we choose to speak, the clothes we put on affect us. And, whether we realize it or not, they are a form of self expression to the world.
Realizing a Pretty Outfit is More than Just Pretty
I was five years old when I first discovered how clothes could alter the way I felt. My cousin, Liz, was visiting for the summer, and we decided to have an adventure playing seamstress. After giggling our way through cutting and sewing all night, our teal taffeta had finally become an outfit.
It may have been just a few squares strung together, but I felt fabulous. In that ensemble, there was nothing I couldn’t tackle. And it’s no different for me — or for any of us — as adults today.
It’s why most of us have a power outfit. You know what I’m talking about, those lovely heels or that dreamy dress that makes us feel like we can conquer the world.
And whether it’s a taffeta gown or the perfect jeans, shouldn’t we get to feel like a fearless rockstar every single day?
After all, there’s nothing you can’t do when feeling totally confident.
Why Women That Feel Good Change the World
After a closet cleanse, a client once told me, “When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good you’re empowered. Empowered women change the world.”
‘Wow,’ I thought. ‘She’s right.’
She had tapped into what I call “Self-Expressed Style.” With her wardrobe edited and sorted, she felt powerful and free, unburdened by ill-fitting, uninspired pieces of fabric. Gone was that discount score she never wore, and the shirts that matched nothing. Now, with a closet aligned with her true sense of personal style, she felt renewed.
We too can discover the joy and confidence that a five-year-old girl in blue taffeta once did. All we have to do is find and pick a wardrobe that makes us feel great about ourselves.
How to Develop a Dream Wardrobe that Expresses Your Inner Style
You may like the idea of closet cleansing, styling and wardrobing, yet find it all a bit overwhelming.
If you feel stuck with your wardrobe, and don’t know where to begin, here are a few basic tips to get you started:
- If an item only makes you feel so-so, donate it. You aren’t mediocre and the clothes that adorn you shouldn’t be either.
- Invite an aesthetically-conscious (and honest!) friend over to run through your clothes together.
- Pull inspiration from Pinterest or magazines to identify things that you LOVE. Create a closet mood board! Use that as your “gold standard” for buying clothes.
- Once you’ve simplified your closet, use your mood board to figure out what pieces you’re missing. Make a list, and start shopping around for the most conscious option.
Ultimately what matters the most is that you feel good in the clothes that you’re putting on your body. Women are changing the world, no matter what, so let’s feel empowered and free while we do it.
Elissa Prola is a conscious-fashion style expert, committed to making women feel empowered through the clothes they wear. When she’s not speaker, writing or building a wardrobe for a client, you can find her at the farmer’s market in Santa Barbara with her husband and brown standard poodle, Rincon.
Reset is a three week course all about discovering your personal style, cleansing your closet and learning how to shop ethically.
Imagine an ORGANIZED closet full of outfits you LOVE and that TRULY represent you. Imagine being INSPIRED every time you put an outfit together. This is Elissa's mission.
She will make you feel empowered, confident and comfortable in your own skin
so that you can feel like the feminine badass you are.
Life's too short to wear clothes you don't love.