Confidence is key. If you think you look fabulous in a pair of figure-hugging jeans that show off every curve, go ahead and wear them. Your own confidence in how great you look will be transmitted in every step you take, giving you a poise and assurance that is infectious – the more confident you are, the better you will feel.
Naturally, the converse is also true. If you are unhappy with your figure – maybe you hate showing off your legs, or like to cover up your cleavage – you’ll instinctively be drawn to clothes that hide those aspects you don’t love about yourself.
But you can learn to be confident; looking for styles that flatter every body shape and seeking advice from experts on what works for you.
Slipping into a dress or slinky top won’t automatically make you sexy. It won’t even automatically make you look sexy because, again, it’s all about how you wear an outfit, not what you wear.
Choose shoes that show off your calves and make you look taller if you’re small. Do try to stand taller with a straight back and meet people’s eyes – you will be amazed at how good you will feel by demonstrating a little self-possession, and be thrilled at the positive reaction of those you meet.
When you’re dressing for an occasion, take time out to prepare properly – plan some serious “me” time, so you really will look and feel your best. A facial, manicure and pedicure are ideal preparation, but make sure you go through these ablutions at least 24 hours before your special occasion so your skin tone has time to recover.
Having your hair done is another excellent confidence booster and can usually be done on the day – that just “stepped out of the salon” look can add a super spring to your step, and be your crowning glory.