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We tend to think of being stylish as a purely aesthetic matter. Looking good is great, but the benefits end there.
However, when you explore the issue more deeply, you discover that that’s not the case at all. In fact, being stylish can transform your entire life.
In the modern world, many people ignore style entirely. While we have the money to wear beautiful clothes, most of us walk around in the modern-day equivalent of rags. We don’t seem to care what we clothe our bodies with. Any old t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms will suffice.
It’s time to leave these habits behind. Here are some of the unexpected ways being stylish can make your life better. Check them out below:
It Can Make You More Money
Being stylish isn’t always money down the drain. In fact, it can actually make you money if you know what you are doing. That’s because fashionable items also tend to be high-quality, which means they can last for years, not just months. You can wear these items many more times before needing to throw them in the bin.
Think about how many times, for example, you need to buy low-quality blouses throughout the year. You might get through three or more. Now compare that to a high-quality blouse that you might only need to change every three years. That’s nine low-quality blouses for every high-quality one you own.
It Could Launch A New Career
Being interested in style isn’t just a hobby or something you do on the side. It could also help you launch a new career.
How, exactly? Well, think about it. Imagine you take a sudden interest in fashion and begin buying more clothes. Eventually, you could get into making your own and coming up with new designs that fit you. Over time, you could build significant skills, enough, perhaps, to launch your own brand.
While it might sound crazy, the demand for bespoke dressmakers is high. People want garments that fit them perfectly and aren’t just made for the average person.
It Helps You Become More Ethical
As we all know, buying better-quality clothing helps you be more ethical. You’re paying workers a decent wage and getting a product made in a facility where working conditions are good.
Fashionable clothing, such as women’s jackets, tends to be far more socially conscious than cheap alternatives. Companies carefully monitor their supply chains, all the way back to the source so customers know precisely where goods originated.
It Makes You More Skillful
Dressing well is a skill in itself. It requires a certain amount of trial-and-error (unless you directly copy other people’s outfits). However, over time, you eventually get the hang of it. Eventually, you become more creative and playful, and your dress sense evolves and becomes more accomplished.
As such, being stylish is an opportunity to learn. Not everything you try will work out as successful, but many of your attempts will draw praise from others. As the years go by, you’ll refine your selections, make better choices, and become the most fashionable person in your social circle.
Remember, fashion mishaps aren’t a disaster. They just teach you what works, and what doesn’t.
It Gets You Ready For The Next Phase Of Your Life
Being fashionable gets you ready for opportunities that come your way. Stylish people stand out in a crowd and are often the first to be selected to rise through the social ranks. Dressing well can open doors that regular clothing simply doesn’t.
You may have experienced this in your personal life. When you dress well, doors seem to open for you, people treat you differently, and you get the things you want out of life. When you dress poorly, the opposite is the case. Doors don’t open, and things don’t go as planned.
Being stylish prepares you for life’s opportunities, whenever they happen. You can seize the day at any time, and make significant progress in your life.
It Helps You Connect With Others
Being fashionable can also have the effect of making you feel part of a community. There are plenty of other people in the world interested in style, so once you get into it, you suddenly find that you have plenty in common with other people.
You don’t have to go to Paris Fashion Week, either, to feel a part of it. Just writing on blogs, sharing on social media, or spending time with other fashionable people in your local area can transform your life.
You might also want to consider writing your own blog on the subject. People are always interested in reading about fashion and will sift through thousands on online articles to find the best advice.
Talking to people in person is also an option. Spending time with other fashionistas can provide you with plenty of ideas about what to wear next. With their creative input, you could revamp your wardrobe every season and really get into a flow.
It Lets You Change Your Image At Work
Style is most important in the world of work. How you look and present yourself makes a tremendous difference in how people perceive you. If you go to work looking slovenly, like you don’t really care, your peers will rate you lower, even if your skills and competence are high.
Of course, in most jobs, there are written rules about what you can wear. However, that doesn’t stop you from embellishing your outfits with accessories that make them more stylish. Adding jewellery can make a significant difference, transforming a humdrum uniform into something stunning.
You might also want to invest in items, like stylish bags. These don’t violate most dress codes but look great at the same time.
It Lets You Stand Out More
People tend to remember the most distinctive individuals. That’s just human nature. Therefore, being stylish can help you stand out in the crowd.
In some professions, being stylish in this way really matters. You become more noticeable and, therefore, more likely to get hired.
For example, if you are an entertainer, being choosy about what you wear is of paramount importance. Getting it right can mean the difference between landing a gig you want, and not.
You might also need to stand out from the crowd if you are a freelancer or service professional. Dressing well could help customers trust you more, helping you earn bigger tips and more commission.
It Shows That You Care More About Yourself
Many people go through life paying relatively little attention to themselves. They are so focused on the well-being of others that they forget that they matter, too.
Being fashionable is a good way to remind yourself that you matter as well. Caring for yourself is an act of self-love.
Of course, you don’t want to overthink how you look. That can also lead to problems. But you do want to do the odd nice thing for yourself here and there. This way, you are unconsciously programming your mind to believe that your life matters. It can raise your confidence and improve your outlook on life.
It Lets You Discover More About Who You Are
Lastly, fashion is a great tool for learning more about the person you are. The clothes you wear on the outside are often a reflection of what’s going on for you on the inside. The more you explore fashion, the more personality aspects you discover it can express. You might feel a little uncertain at time, but there is a large space to explore, and new things to find.