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How to improve the way you look: 5 simple steps to look and feel good

how you look depends on how you feel as much as your visual appearance

How do you feel about the way you look?

Imagine walking into a relaxing, peaceful space. A space where you go into a room, shut the door, kick off your shoes and relax.

It’s a space of beauty, of safety, of security.

It’s a way of remembering to be serene, of becoming who you are.

This is reDRESS, the stylish wellness club.

It’s a beautiful space for women.

 

I first had the idea for reDRESS a few years ago. I imagined a physical building where you would come to be well, to take time to look after yourselves, prioritise yourselves and look good too. I realised that

self care is strategy not vanity

and I also realised I was my own worst enemy.

With my business I was filled with anxiety and worry, I thought that if my business was hard work then I had failed. If I put on weight I felt I had let myself down. If I forgot something I felt that I was not as able as other women.

I was always complimented on what I wore. I loved choosing my outfit each day. It gave me such peace and happiness. It helped me relax. I felt like myself.

So as I wrote my blog posts about dressing well, creating a wardrobe you love and finding your unique style there was also this other thread that was running alongside in my mind and it was all to do with wellness.

how you look depends on how you feel as much as your visual appearance

Not striving, deprivation, anxiety, rejection

But

self acceptance, self appreciation, self support

Learning to change has been a process, it didn’t happen overnight. It came from a long time of examining my thoughts, my fears and my anxieties and working through them.

And then I thought that instead of waiting to have a physical building, I’d create an online space for women to come and be able to go through the same journey as I have been on. In fact I am still on that journey, we are all on the journey. And if I can encourage women in any way, it’s in this way, in helping you create a life of stylish wellness of your own.

A life where you achieve all your goals but you feel great too.

A life where you look good, and feel good too, where looking good doesn’t come with a deprivation price tag. Where the way you look resonates with who you are and who you want to be.

A life where you love the clothes that you wear, where your unique style reflects the real you out to the world.

Not the mum you. Or the business woman you. Or the volunteer you. Or the family organiser you. Or the …

well you get it.

The real you.

I know we don’t prioritise this aspect of our lives.

So that’s why I’m here.

To help you get there. To be the space where you can come

and breathe

and recharge

and remember who you are

and love the way you look.

way you look

We created reDRESS, the stylish wellness club to help you love the way you look. And we have discovered that other forces, other than your clothes will help you love yourself and the way you look. reDRESS takes you on this journey.

In the 5 short paragraphs that follow I give you compelling reasons to come on that journey of style and wellness and invite you to take that journey with us in reDRESS.

1. Confidence

“Become the fascinating woman in the room”

You want to be the most fascinating woman in the room. Who doesn’t? But you really don’t want to be that person from a brittle, hard edged standpoint, taking your mask off in private and leading a life of quiet misery when you’re out of sight.

Who would want that?

But that is what lots of us do. Turn up in public all smiley and happy family. And then once we’re back in the car it’s back to squabbles, ignoring the spouse and frustration with all around you.

We call reDRESS the stylish wellness club because we focus on both the outer you and the inner you. We call the place where the outer you and the inner you meet, your zone of peace. Your confidence is found in this zone of peace. Transforming your personal style in the way you look (the outer you) and rediscovering the real you (the inner you) will support your inner wellness and outer style. Your friends will see the difference in how you look and behave but won’t be able to put their finger on what your secret is. You will see the difference in yourself and won’t be able to believe you are the same person.

The secret is that the outer you and inner you both have to develop at the same or similar rate for your confidence to be genuine. This is how reDRESS will help you, by showing you how to develop both at the same time, by loving how you look and by loving who you are.

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2. Increased energy

“Create the real you”

When a woman starts to look good she walks with a spring in her step, when she starts to feel good too, that woman is on a happy upward energy curve.

Often though, our lives don’t feel like that. We feel exhausted and tired, long days and family commitments wear us out. By coming back to ourselves, taking time to nurture ourselves, our depleted energy levels rise exponentially. reDRESS helps you take time for yourself, something you might not do if you’re not prompted to do so. But this energy that you can create for yourself using the classes in the redRESS online portal is what you will use to change your life and the way you look and create the real you.

But energy is also a mental issue, not just a physical issue. Each day when you get dressed you may be stressed out. You may dread going to the wardrobe.

Will it fit?

There is nothing here to wear.

Nothing goes with anything.

Where is that ……..? I know it’s here somewhere.

There may be more emotions in your wardrobe than clothes and reDRESS will enable you to have a wardrobe full of clothes that you love. reDRESS will help you find your unique style and dress out of that unique style.

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3. Self belief

“Be the person you want to be”

You will not become the woman you long to be without stepping out each day to become her. Who is it that you want to be and how do you want to live your life? You won’t need to look at other women and wonder what it would be like to have their life. Develop your own self belief and it will take you wherever you want to go with your life.

You will be the woman that other women look at and think, “What would it be like to have her life?”

In reDRESS we show you how transforming your personal style and changing the way you look unleashes massive self belief. We teach you the value of being intentional about what you wear each day so that the way you look becomes a daily empowering statement of intent.

 

 

4. Self motivation

“A firm foundation to make a change”

Spoiler alert, there is no such thing as self motivation which fuels you constantly, puts you in a positive frame of mind and gets you from your starting point to your finishing point without a ruffled feather or a hair out of place. Self motivation is a decision to remember what you want and act accordingly.

What our stylish and wellness concept will do for you is put you in the best frame of mind to stick with your decisions. reDRESS will give you the platform on which to develop your self motivation: lost weight, tone up, dress better, change the way you look and feel better about yourself. Whatever it is, reDRESS gives you that firm foundation to make the changes to the way you look and feel, helping you stay on track with accountability calls and coaching.

 

 

5. Purposefulness

“Purposefulness is an inner path”

Purposefulness is an inner path, not a 4 lane highway full of everyone else’s wants and needs. It takes peace and quiet to find that purposefulness, especially with all the competing demands of life clamouring for our attention.

Come back to that place of stilness with reDRESS. Use our weekly calls and topics for each month to think about your plans, your purposefulness. Use the wellness space of reDRESS to become the stylish, purposeful woman that you are. reDRESS give you space and time. Even a small amount of time is enough. Come and discover for yourself and start that journey today.

I really look forward to seeing you in reDRESS and can’t wait to be on this stylish wellness journey with you!

Have a great day!

Sarah

ps Check out other blog posts you might like on style:

How to find your personal style

How to find your unique style

Positive body image

 

 

What to wear to work: 7 easy tips to crush your office style

What to wear to work

What to wear to work is a strategic part of your work life so plan well. Consider your work environment, routine and personal style. Invest in good quality clothes and accessories. Create a capsule wardrobe with your core pieces. Mix and match them to create a constantly changing consistent style.

Being serious and intentional about what to wear to work each day is a good career strategy. Women who are intentional about what they wear convey a strong identity.

Because of its daily, regular, sometimes unrelenting nature choosing what to wear to work can feel oppressive or overwhelming.

But it doesn’t need to be like that. With a few good tips (see below) you can create a collection of work clothes that will nail your office style. Rather than scrabbling around each morning, planning in advance will give you back some peace and calm in the morning, making what to wear to work an integral, intentional part of your day.

Our tips cover:

  1. Be intentional about what you wear to work
  2. Actively like and appreciate what you wear
  3. Wear what reflects your character
  4. Create a Work ‘look’
  5. Create a work capsule wardrobe
  6. Plan ahead
  7. Accessorise
  8. Action points – what to do now

Don’t underestimate the value of turning up each day looking like you are ready to work and to meet the day head on. Looking good at work conveys intentionality in the same way that a clean desk and organised paperwork shows that you are well organised and prepared to do the job that you do.

Why being intentional about what you wear is a good career strategy

Women who are intentional about what they wear convey a strong identity.  If you are intentional about what you wear, the positive results will be two fold:

  1. You will convey confidence and authority in your work place, and
  2. you will feel more confident and this boosts your self esteem.

In other words, by being intentional about what you wear, you create a virtuous circle.  You look confident, which makes you feel confident, which makes you look confident and authoritative.

 

woman looking good who knows what to wear for work
What to wear to work: How to look good every day

Who needs this blog post?

You need this blog post if:

  • your life is on autopilot, you are overwhelmed with children and/or family and you have no time to think let alone plan what to wear to work
  • you would like to look great at work consistently but don’t know where to start
  • you are returning to work after a career break, and don’t know where to start pulling a work wardrobe together.
  • your life has become monotonous and routine and you’d like to inject some personality back in but don’t know how.

How not to get dressed

Early on in my blog writing career I met a lady through an online course.  We got chatting and I told her how I was changing my work to write blogs and give online rather than direct, wardrobe advice, in addition to designing clothes.  She said to me, “I always wear black trousers and a white shirt”.  She said she had no interest in wearing anything else.

She was very creative, had written many books and travelled extensively.  I couldn’t help thinking that her wardrobe was based purely on practicality and a lack of confidence, as well as her feeling self consciousness about her weight.  So her uniform had become her armour.  Locking herself in, she felt safe from the world.

This is not what you are aiming for when you get dressed.  You are aiming not to hide your identity, but to use your identity to make confident choices about what to wear.  Those choices in turn reflect your identity back at you yourself and outward towards others: your colleagues; your family; your friends.

We are here to help

We, at Working Frocks, are right here to encourage you on to look your best in any and every work situation.  We firmly believe that the quality of your life will improve by wearing exactly the right clothes for you, and we are here to help you achieve that look. If black trousers and white shirt are your intentional look, and they can look really amazing and professional, then great. Just don’t let what you wear stop you from expressing who you are, or from dumbing down your life in any way.

So, read on for 7 ways to be intentional about what you wear to work.

1. Be intentional about what to wear to work

You only need to wear one outfit every day, so make it count.  Make it the best of what your office dress code is. If you work fulltime then your week is dominated by your work. At the end of each day you might not want to think about work any more. But work is part of your life, so be just as intentional about your work clothes as what you would wear for any other occasion, like a party, or drinks out with girlfriends, or a dinner out with your beloved.

2. Actively like and appreciate what you wear

Don’t wear clothes just because you can fit into them or because you have been wearing them for years without really thinking about it.  You should actively like what you wear.  Don’t wear something just because you fit in and can remain anonymous. Make it easy but don’t make it boring!

3. Wear what reflects your character

Even if you work in a very formal environment you will be able to do this.  Do not dumb down your character.  Do not dress for someone else. Do not dress trying to be someone else.  This can be problematic for some women.  Tomorrow, the next post, I’m going to address how to dress to reflect your character for those of you who need a refresh or need some guidance.

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4. Create a work ‘look’

How do you want to appear each day at work, to your work colleagues, in meetings, at your desk? Even if you are working from home and only appearing virtually each day to your co-worker, this is still just as important as if you are physically present in the office.

Do you want to look smart, informal, trendy, classic, modern or arty? Or something else entirely? In deciding what to wear to work take into consideration your own taste primarily. Also take into consideration the work environment in which you find yourself if there are any restrictions on dress code there. For example if you work in a very formal environment you may have to rein in your uber-arty dress code slightly. Try not to remove it entirely though. Getting dressed each day is a form of self-expression.

5. Create a work capsule wardrobe

A good strategy that makes the decision making process around what to wear to work much easier is to create a capsule collection of clothes specifically for work. You don’t need many items, just try and make them interchangeable and you will find that you get a great variation of work outfits from just a few clothes. These can be clothes which you don’t wear when you are not at work and is something I recommend.

Even more, try and have a different look when you are not at work and really separate out your work life from your home life. You may be transitioning back to working from the office in a hybrid of full time capacity in which case a specific capsule wardrobe that is ‘polished, comfortable and versatile’ may be the answer.

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6. Plan ahead

As the seasons change, adjust your work clothes accordingly. If some of your clothes are past their best plan in advance to replace them. You can plan to buy bigger items such as coats, boots, bags in the sale so plan that shopping trip ahead of time. Be proactive in deciding what to wear to work, treat it like a game.

7. Accessorise

Well chosen accessories can make an outfit. What jewellery do you wear to work? Could you wear specific items for work that become part of your work style? Some women like to wear bold necklaces for work as statement jewellery. Other women like a classic look, pearl earrings, discrete watch. Whatever your style is, make it your own. Check out the blog post on personal style signifier.

 

Woman in business dress looking confident
Looking good is a matter of confidence

Action points: What to do now

If you want to take action and are ready to look great for work every day then get started with 2 easy action points:

1. Your first action tip to do today is to go to your wardrobe and remove anything that you don’t like, that you wear on autopilot.  Take it/them to the charity shop where it can be freed to be worn by someone who loves it.

2. Your second action point is to find an outfit that you truly love and that makes you happy and confident.  Take it out of your wardrobe, accessorise it with shoes, jewellery, jacket, cardigan, coat, whatever it needs.  Now it is ready for tomorrow and you can look forward to wearing it.

For other blog posts which address what to wear in the work environment try:

Succeed at work by paying attention to what you wear at home 

10 mini challenges while you are working from home

Work/Life balance

How to go back to work and look amazing

 

Wear what you love, love what you wear.  You only have one life, fill it with clothes you love!

Bye for now,

Sarah

 

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Style Advice: 3 Warning Signs your Emotions are Projected onto your Wardrobe

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