Have you ever been in a book store or library and selected a book based on its cover? Maybe it was one that had a catchy title or a beautiful image. Or maybe it was a combination of the two that made you reach for it.
The author typically selects the title and illustration for the book – two aspects that represent the contents of the story and draw the reader in.
Fashion is much like that. While outfits and book covers may seem extremely different, the two share a similar appreciation to detail and style. Just as the cover of a book indicates its contents, an outfit indicates the contents of an individual’s personality.
Aside from utilitarian purposes, clothing provides one of the greatest opportunities to express your sense of self. Clothing is not optional ninety-nine percent of the time, unless of course you are a nudist. So, when you select an outfit, much like an author, you are telling the reader how you want to be portrayed.
I am by no means insinuating that a person’s clothing is what defines them as an individual. I am simply saying that an outfit has the power to indicate a lot of information about a person.
Last week, my fellow classmates and I learned about the importance of your personal image from Mary. I learned that it only takes seven seconds for a person to inform an impression of you. Where does most of that impression come from? Your appearance. Appearance includes every visual element that can be seen and understood in the first seven seconds, including your outfit.
How do you make a good first impression? What do you want to be known for? How do you want to showcase your personality?
I encourage you to tap into your creativity, evoke a sense of individuality and display it through your wardrobe. Aside from whatever brands, trends or messages you are representing while wearing a particular outfit, you are representing something even greater, YOU.
Never let go of your sense of authenticity. Always remember that you are the protagonist in your novel.