Dressing From Your Gut
Last week I attended a women’s meet-up where the topic was intentions. The guest speaker, a renowned women’s physical therapist, led us through a guided meditation and closed the session by asking us to set intentions for the year. She suggested broad vs specific changes and to consider areas such as health, relationships, career, etc. Contrary to typical New Year’s resolutions, setting intentions like this allows us to focus on the process of changing our behavior rather than a finite goal.
One of my intentions for this year is to trust my gut which for me impacts both my health and career. After a literal gut-check, I first realized I needed a physical reset that could only be accomplished by eliminating sugar, dairy, bread and sigh, booze. Cut to half-way through the month, daily trips to New Seasons and pounds of sweet potatoes later, I’m slowly feeling less cloudy and more focused, which I’m trying to channel into strengthening my creative intuition.
When it comes to learning to trust ourselves, it can be a lot easier to listen to the naysayer voice inside than it is to believe that we have all the answers we need. My intention this year is to start tuning out the internal chatter so I feel more confident taking risks, making decisions without agonizing and proudly sharing my point of view-- whether it be taking on new designers or stocking pieces that may seem a little unconventional.
For many, shopping for clothes can feel like it requires an exercise in meditation, quieting the negative voices that tell us we’re too old or too short or too fill-in-the-blank to “pull this look off.” Other times, it can also mean taking a beat to assess if you’re considering something only because the price is right or because you’re hoping it will fit… eventually.
These moments are ripe to trust your gut and focus on what feels good or fun or unexpected, all of which may lead into trying something outside your comfort zone (see: jumpsuits, cropped tops, high-waistbands). Or perhaps it just means eschewing trends and wearing what you want. Either way, setting an intention to be kind to yourself should be the first step in getting dressed.