The modern world offers us more means than ever by which we can express ourselves. Everything from the way we talk (both in the cadence of our voice and the words we choose to use) to the way we decorate our homes is designed to make others form a certain opinion of us, while keeping ourselves within the parameters of who we decide we are. And while we may be happy to tick over like this for years there will always come a time when we need to reinvent ourselves. Perhaps you’ve just gotten out of, or indeed into, a relationship. Perhaps we’ve gotten a promotion at work and the people who were once colleagues are now subordinates and we need them to see us a different way. Perhaps we’re starting a new job or moving to a new area and need to find ways in which to redefine ourselves.
The good news is that you needn’t compromise who you are to reinvent yourself. Just pay close attention to the anatomy of a new look…
If you’re looking for a drastic way to reinvent yourself, the hair is the best place to start. It’s the first thing most people see, it frames your face and can make you feel discrete or bold, like an empowered badass or a retiring wallflower. Just think twice before choosing anything too drastic. An extreme style or a bold cut is not a decision that you can unmake. If you’re keeping an eye on the world of celebrity hair you know that short and uneven bobs, wavy bobs and ;pixie cuts are at the height of their popularity this season. But if you feel like playing it a little safer, Kendall Jenner’s Coachella topknot is an easy way to frame your face.
Makeup doesn’t give you a brand new face, but it does enhance what’s already there. It can allow you to highlight, accentuate, mask or downplay your features. There’s no denying that makeup can transform your face and if you’re looking for a way to tweak the way in which you’re perceived, your makeup is a good way to do this. You can create an illusion to make your mouth look different, subtly alter your face shape with contouring and use your lashes to alter the shape of your eyes.
Quite early on in life we decide upon a way of dressing and stay along similar lines for the rest of our lives. Whether you’re looking to shake things up or not, it’s never a bad idea to throw out the rule book every once in a while. Often we’re brand loyal to high street stores that don’t deserve or reward our loyalty. Searching for boutique stores like Filly Flair, check us out online, or even surfing eBay for bargains can be the key to unlocking your new look. Don’t be afraid to choose at least one outfit per shop that scares you.
Finally, your shoes do more than just make your feet look pretty. They can change your height, your gait and your posture. The right shoes can help you to dominate a boardroom or turn heads on the high street while empowering you and helping you to find your new voice.