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Dress Like You Love Yourself! by Nuala McMenamin

Dress Like You Love Yourself! by Nuala McMenamin

In a world that often dictates how women should look, dress and be, loving yourself enough to dress your body exactly how you want to, is an entirely liberating experience and is available to every one of us. Dressing well isn't about conforming to societal standards or pleasing others; it's about embracing your unique style, expressing yourself, and feeling confident in your skin.

Whether you're donning a power suit, a bohemian dress, or your favourite pair of jeans and a tee, your fashion choices should always reflect who you are and what makes you feel amazing. And if you feel good you will look good – it really is as simple as that.

Here's why dressing well for yourself is an empowering act:

  • Self-Expression: Your wardrobe is your canvas, and your clothing choices are the brushstrokes that paint your identity. Embrace colours, patterns, and styles that resonate with you. Whether you're drawn to bold prints classic neutrals, or neons, let your outfits tell your story and express your personality without inhibition.
  • Confidence Booster: The right outfit has the power to uplift your spirits and boost your confidence. When you dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful, you exude a sense of self-assurance that radiates from within. Confidence is magnetic and contagious, influencing how you carry yourself and how others perceive you.
  • Self-Care Ritual: Dressing well is a form of self-care. Taking the time to curate your wardrobe, select outfits that make you feel good, and groom yourself sends a powerful message of self-love. Treat your dressing routine as a sacred ritual—an opportunity to pamper yourself, honour your body, and celebrate your individuality. I aim to work with clients to get them to the point that opening their wardrobes is as exciting as opening a box of chocolates – what am I going to get to wear today!!! 
  • Breaking Stereotypes: Society often imposes rigid stereotypes and expectations on how women/men/NB should dress. However, by dressing for yourself, you challenge these norms and redefine the notion of beauty and identitty. Feminine, masculine or androgynous styles, or maybe a mix of all.  Embrace your uniqueness, and let your fashion choices defy stereotypes. You do you, always.
  • Embracing Evolution: Your style is not static; it evolves with you. Embrace the journey of self-discovery and experimentation as you explore different looks, trends, and aesthetics. Allow yourself the freedom to evolve, refine, and redefine your style over time, always staying true to your authentic self. Always remember we are allowed to have fun with our clothes, give yourself permission to play.  
  • Cultivating Empowerment: Dressing well is not just about the clothes; it's about the empowerment that comes from embracing your identity and owning your narrative. When you dress for yourself, you reclaim your autonomy and assert your right to self-expression, autonomy, and agency. A key piece of advice I give my clients who work is to wear your favourite outfit on a Monday – starting the week wearing your best outfit is so empowering and means you are ready for anything; it completely shifts your mindset. 
  • Inspiring Others: By confidently embracing your personal style, you inspire others to do the same. Your fashion choices can serve as a beacon of empowerment for women everywhere, encouraging them to break free from societal constraints and embrace their individuality with pride. I often joke that I dress for the gals and the gays, there is truth in this quip, and the thought makes me smile.

Dressing well for yourself is a powerful act of self-love, self-expression, and empowerment. So, embrace your unique style, celebrate your individuality, and let your fashion choices reflect the bold, beautiful, unique woman that you are. Remember: the most important opinion about your outfit is your own. So, dress to impress yourself and like you deeply love and adore yourself because you should!


You can read our interview to Nuala here 

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