When does your wardrobe need a makeover?
If clothes maketh a man, it maketh a woman too. There are times when we women slack off – we feel tired with the boring monotony that our daily lives have become or we become sick of our unfit bodies, there are times when we feel life is a drag. Everyone reading this article will know the feeling. This mental status has a telling effect on the wardrobe. It is easy to look at a woman and tell her state of mind – if she has well manicured feet and hands, wears stylish fitted clothes and has a smart haircut; chances are that she is feeling good about life. A woman who is disillusioned by the state of her affairs will throw on anything that she finds in her closet, not bother if it is not ironed and be too lazy to do her nails. She will not go into the trouble of adding accessories like earrings to her already shabby outfit and will forgo the eyeliner – last night’s smudged liner will do.
Sounds familiar? Well that isn't the way to go about life at all! Let’s buck up and pull up our socks shall we? Because a shabby wardrobe doesn't go a long way in creating good impressions - be it in the professional or personal sphere. For example, if you turn up for an interview looking tired, with uncombed hair and scuffed shoes, your employer might not be as impressed with you as he would have been if you had taken the time to comb your hair properly and polish your shoes.
Do you have a boyfriend? Or a husband? If you have someone in your life who loves you, don’t take them for granted and stop caring about how you look. Make the effort to look smart all the time – he might say he doesn't care about what you wear, but trust us, he does. Even if he assures you it is alright to wear those baggy pants and baggy kurtas everyday because you have a weight problem, don’t listen to him and be complacent. If you have a weight problem, do something about it – and wear clothes that fit well and look good in the mean time. Don’t hide under shabby clothing – larger sizes might hide the paunch but you end up looking shabby and unkempt.
We are not asking you to blindly copy the models and celebs you see. Find a style you admire and try and follow it or create your own. Refurbish your own style – if you have been a kurta and jeans girl, try switching to tunics and leggings. Try out the new coloured denims that are the fashion choice this season and pair them with your existing tees. If you like wearing sarees, experiment with different fabrics and blouses. Throw out every article of clothing that looks boring to you or has faded over time. Faded clothes look worse than ill fitting ones.
Invest in shrugs, stoles and jackets. Wear bright colours and choose cuts which flatter your figure. Bright colours will lift your mood and make your feel cheerful. Put on a bit of eye makeup and some earrings and while you are at it – pain your nails. Identify the cause behind your ennui and fix it. Shake yourself out of your lethargy. Go to the parlour once or twice in a month of if you don’t feel like it; take some time out at home to take care of yourself. DIY mani-pedi kits are readily available at stores as are facial kits etc. if nothing else, wash your face with ingredients available at home – like honey or milk to make your skin glow.
If you feel good about yourself and life in general it will reflect in what you wear. It works both ways too – if you dress up – just a splash of perfume and a few strokes of a coloured liner and lip gloss – can do wonders for your self esteem. If you are worried about spending too much – there are a host of options – shoes, bags, accessories, jewellery, footwear – you name it , to suit ever y pocket.
If you see your friends or your significant other dropping hints about how you looked good in that outfit you wore to that party etc. take the hint and look at your wardrobe choices with a critical eye. Chances are, you will see a tired collection of clothes in urgent requirement of a makeover.