Some of us here at HelloGiggles have been fighting with Mercury retrograde tooth and nail to get it to stop messing with our lives. We’re talking multiple car breakdowns, weird friend tensions, and feeling like we practically clawed our way through holiday shopping. This retrograde cycle is killing us! With this time of year being so busy, not all of us have time to take a minute to ourselves and take a relaxing bubble bath or journal to our heart’s content.
But, there are some simple things — like wearing the right outfit — that can help you gain a leg up on retrograde. And because we’re your BFF, we’ve compiled a list of easy confidence-boosting style tips to put in your bag of tricks and use during the doldrums of retrograde.
Wear the color that makes your skin glow and improves your mood.
Just because you have a favorite color in the world, unfortunately doesn’t mean that it’s going to look amazing on your body. For example, the color yellow – although beautiful, warm and happy – is tricky to pull off for many skin tones. But, even so, everyone does have a color that they constantly get positive comments about when they wear it. Put that color on your body.
Match your Superman t-shirt with your favorite pair of jeans.
You don’t have to necessarily dress up to feel confident. Daily Mail talked to Professor Karen Pine, author of Mind What You Wear, about the affects of clothing on our psyche. Of course, our clothing is an outward representation of how we feel about ourselves, but alternately, the clothing we wear can affect our mental process as well. It’s kind of a fluid relationship.
Prof. Pine conducted a study in which she asked a group of students to wear a Superman t-shirt and answer a series of questions about how they felt about themselves. Daily Mail reported, “surprisingly, she found that not only did it make them more confident, but it also made them actually think they were physically stronger.” So wearing that superhero t-shirt that has been knocking around your closet for years just might make you feel emotionally and physically strong enough to be unaffected by Mercury retrograde. Huh!
Put together outfits that best portray your own personal style.
You might think you feel better dressing in sweatshirts and leggings, because they’re comfortable AF. Though you might feel more physically comfortable, you’re (probably) not at your peak confidence (unless you are, then you do you, boo). Wearing something that screams “you” will automatically make you feel better and ready to take on whatever life throws at you. Not sure what your personal style is? Fashion expert, Evelina, has some awesome tips for figuring out your own personal style:
Some (and we stress, “some”) people have noticed that dressing up a bit makes their life brighter and better. Sheena Amin wrote a piece of Elite Daily about how she tested her performance in class while wearing pajamas compared to her class performance when she took the time to put herself together in the morning. She found that she tested better during the week where she looked good than during pajama week. When you look good, you feel good, and you do good. Looks like it’s just science, people.
Break out that designer bag/scarf/jacket/pair of shoes.
According to a Vogue study, there’s a very real fashion phenomenon called “enclothed cognition” where your brain connects designer clothing to intelligence and power. This makes sense when you think about it because when one has intelligence and power, they usually have the funds necessary to buy these designer items. Vogue says, “if you have a strong cultural association with a garment, wearing it can affect your cognitive processes,” meaning that if you wear a piece of designer clothing, you automatically take on the attributes of powerful, intelligent women.
You can dress to impress, but drawing confidence from the inside will be the most influential.
Always remind yourself how amazing you are. Putting together a badass outfit will make you feel great, but being in love with yourself will also make life a lot more fun and easier. Of course, gaining self confidence is a life-long journey, but viewing yourself (inside and out) in a positive light does wonders for your mentality.