Dress to feel your best – why you should always dress for you
There are certain items of clothing I know I can always rely on. When I have a book-signing event, a panel discussion or an important meeting, the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ jacket (Céline – bought for the launch of my first book Style Forever) is a perennial go-to. It has excellent confidence-boosting properties and is a quick and easy way to upgrade any outfit. If I’m wearing the jacket over a favourite jumpsuit, then that’s double good. Style confidence comes from finding reliable clothes, shoes and accessories that work for you. Items that work in real life, not just in ‘Outfit of the day’ Instagram posts. And knowing that your clothes aren’t going to let you down is always a good way to start the day.
Previously, I’ve worn the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ tuxedo in a more pared-down way, but combining it with a patterned pull-on-and-go top adds instant pizzazz. Continually experimenting is how I like to keep things fresh and modern. Getting the not-so-basic basics right (good fit, no faffing) and then experimenting and being creative is the way to develop personal style and build a signature look. It’s always worth putting aside some time to go through your wardrobe: try clothes on, have a play around and whip-up a styling sensation. Figuring out a handful of winning outfits will make getting dressed easier and allow your best-dressed self to feel fantastic.
And the good news is that all those old-fashioned, prescriptive style rules are a thing of the past. Today we dress to feel our best, every day of the week. Wearing clothes that we love and will continue to wear until they fall apart. This concept of dressing for comfort, pleasure, personality and body shape – of dressing for ourselves rather rather than following fashion commandments – is an approach that benefits all women.
For me, the ideal outfit is a mixture of day and evening wear. I prefer clothes that are good for running around in and versatile enough to take me anywhere. Rather than saving things for best, I’m dressing to feel my best. Comfy shoes and statement earrings are part of the equation. This is a phenomenon I always refer to as ‘Casual Glamour’. Reliable, wardrobe essentials help me to feel self-assured and comfortable in all senses of the word. The ‘showbiz extras’ add a little magic. Win-win.
This is a sponsored post. Ryvita has teamed up with Alyson Walsh to be part of their Positivity Panel alongside Davina McCall. The panellists were handpicked to help inspire women across the nation to feel confident and happy, whatever their age, through advice, tips and tricks.
Head to https://www.ryvita.co.uk/living-well to find out more.