It took me a long time to start dressing in clothes that made me feel the best and that actually suited me. And that may sound silly, but for way too many years, I used to buy and wear clothes just because they were 'in'. I'd look at the cooler girls in school and college, and try and copy their style in the hope that they'd make me look good too, without any thought for what would (and wouldn't!) suit my body shape or my skin colour or my height... or my own style.
Obviously, I do still follow some of the trends - it's kind of hard not to when you buy most of your clothes from high street stores, but I'm most definitely a lot more aware and selective of the clothes that I buy. There is nothing better than feeling your most confident when you whack on an outfit, and ever since I started doing this a few years ago, my body and self-confidence soared.
This outfit for example; my thighs are a part of my body that I love the least, and they're definitely what I've always been the most self-conscious about for as long as I can remember. A few years ago, you would've never caught me in something that shows my legs off so much, but do you know what? An oversized jumper and my knee-highs make me feel like the sassiest and most-confident gal ever, and now I love this combo and wear it a lot.
Dressing only in clothes that make me feel nothing less than bloomin' great, has meant that I've learned which clothes suit me and my body shape and enhance my best features, and which ones I shouldn't even touch with a barge-pole. I've learned to recognise immediately the pieces of clothing that I know I'll never fully love when trying them on in the shops, and more than anything, I now only wear clothes that are 'me'. It's enabled me to develop my own sense of personal style, and I no longer feel the need to wear something just because everyone else is.
Don't get me wrong, there are so, so many things that I see on other girls and absolutely adore, but in my head I know that it would look terrible on me and to not even try going there. But then on the other hand, there are still pieces I see on my friends and within a week I've bought the same item because I loved it and they gave me the inspiration to style it my own way.
What do you guys think? Would you call yourself a confidence dresser?