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Thursday 9 July 2020

Simple Ways To Freshen Up Your Look And Boost Your Confidence

It’s not always easy to boost your confidence. We all have days when we don’t feel our best... but if you have more bad days than good, there are ways to increase self-esteem and feel more comfortable in your own skin. If you lack confidence, or you’re keen to freshen up your look and put a spring in your step.

Here are some simple steps to take today. 

Revamping your hairstyle

For some people, their hair is their crowning glory. For others, the less effort they have to make with their hair, the better. If you’ve fallen into a style rut, you’ve had the same cut or colour for years, or you spend your entire life sporting a bun or a messy ponytail, now is the time to revamp your hairstyle and try something new. If you don’t usually do much with your hair, you may be surprised at what a difference even a subtle change of tone or shape can make. Before you go to a salon, look through magazines and browse online galleries and social networks to get some inspiration and ideas.

Screenshot or cut out images you like and take them with you so that you can show your stylist. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice when you get to the salon. You might know exactly what you want to do with your hair, but if you don’t, it’s worth asking the hairdresser about which cuts and colours they feel would suit you best. Different styles suit different face shapes and facial features, and your skin tone is likely to influence which shades and tones complement your complexion. You don’t have to chop off 6 inches of hair or go from dark brown to blonde or red to achieve a stunning transformation. Highlights, lowlights, shaping around the face and adding a fringe can all make an amazing difference to the way you look and feel.  

Updating your wardrobe

Most of us are familiar with the concept of retail therapy, but if you’re low on confidence, shopping isn’t always enjoyable. If you’re reluctant to head to the shops, online shopping is a brilliant idea. You can order clothes that you love the look of without anyone trying to put you off or influence your decisions, you can try items on in the comfort of your own home, and you can simply send anything that doesn’t suit you back to the store. Refreshing your wardrobe is a fantastic way to embrace and discover new trends, to diversify your clothing collection and to make yourself feel better. 

When you’re looking for new investments, focus on your individual style and preferences, opt for shapes and don’t be afraid to try looks that you wouldn’t normally go for. All too often, we convince ourselves that items don’t suit us without even taking a second to try them on. If you’ve convinced yourself that short dresses, jumpsuits or tapered, high-waist trousers won’t look good on you without ever giving them a go, be brave and be kind to yourself. You might be surprised when you look in the mirror. Taking inspiration from catwalks, magazines and celebrities is a great idea when shopping for new clothes, but don’t buy anything simply because it’s on-trend. The beauty of fashion is that trends come and go and you can mix and match elements to create outfits that celebrate your personal taste. 

Investing in accessories

Investing in accessories is one of the best ways to spruce up your look and inject interest and flair into your wardrobe without breaking the bank. With new accessories, you can dress up even the most basic items of clothing, create unique looks and vary your outfits with a capsule wardrobe. As summer gets into full swing, you can add sunglasses, sandals, beach bags, hats and jewellery to your shopping list and tick off a host of trends. If you’re looking for a stylish shape, cat-eye, aviator and oversized round shades and glasses are everywhere this summer, and you can alter the frame style to suit your outfit. Aviators work brilliantly for casual, day-time looks, while oversized black or tortoiseshell shades are perfect for going from the beach to the bar. If you’re heading out for a catch up with friends, you can dress up staples like maxi skirts and jersey dresses with a cross-body bag or a tote, jewelled sandals and a statement necklace. For low-key picnics at the park, team a cap with a basic tee and light-wash mom jeans or a floaty floral dress and a pair of pumps. Add an oversized shirt or denim jacket in case the weather takes a turn.

Sprucing up your smile

Most of us consider our smiles our most important feature, but many are reluctant to show their pearly whites off. If you don’t feel confident when your teeth are on show, there are ways to enhance the aesthetic of your smile. Taking good care of your teeth and prioritising oral hygiene can make a difference and it’s also beneficial to see a dentist and a dental hygienist on a regular basis. Giving up smoking and cutting down on certain foods and drinks, including wine, coffee, tea, soy sauce and cola, can reduce the risk of staining. If you are conscious of having discoloured teeth, you could investigate cosmetic dental treatments, including tooth whitening and porcelain veneers. There are also some incredible treatment options for crooked, crowded and misshapen teeth available. 

It’s very easy to get into a rut, especially during a global lock down. If you’re craving change, or you’re keen to freshen up your look and feel more confident, now is the time to treat yourself to a mini makeover. Simple steps like changing your hairstyle, updating your wardrobe, buying new accessories and sprucing up your smile can make you look and feel a million dollars. It’s so important to feel comfortable and confident, and making subtle changes and being kind to yourself can have a dramatic impact on self-esteem. 

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