Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Day 23: Confidence

The once or twice a year that I go shopping for clothes for myself, I always make sure I look my best.  I take extra time deciding what to wear, make sure my hair is nice, and put on make up.  My husband can't understand it.  It's not like I'm planning to impress anyone, and usually I'm going alone and not with a friend.  But I tell him, it's all about confidence.  If I feel like I already look good, I'll feel better about the shopping experience.

I've always had issues with confidence.  Growing up, I was the shy one, the quiet one, the follower, the peace-keeper   It's been hard for me to learn to have a little more confidence.  I wish it came more easily for me, but I have to live with the personality I've got.

So I'm learning to do what I need to help me be more confident.  I know looks and dress have little to do with actual confidence, but knowing I look my best helps me fake it 'til I make it.  If I look well, I can for a little while pretend I'm not that shy little girl.

What I Wore:
Skirt, Belt, and Leopard Print Tank: Old Navy
Cropped Cardigan: Zellers
Teal Tights: Joe Fresh
Necklace: Gift from Kevin. I think it's from The Bay
Boots: Shoe Warehouse.  I love those boots.
I'm actually really surprised that I had the confidence to wear this outfit to church on Sunday.  I was sure the teal tights would just be way too bright with the olive.  But I decided to try it anyway.  I liked how they looked, so to balance the colour, I swapped the pink cardigan I had planned to wear with this aqua one, and put on my a-little-too-fancy teal necklace.  I can tell I'm learning more about fashion, because I didn't sit in church regretting my choice as I normally do when I chose to wear something a little too out-there.

Are you a confident person?  Or do you fake it like me?  Please leave confidence-building tips in the comments!  I can use all the help I can get!

pleated poppy


  1. I always admire people who look confident - and sometimes I wonder if they are really as confident as they look or if they are feeling shy and insecure like me. :) The way I dress also helps me feel more confident about myself. Being with people I know helps - I don't like situations where I don't know many people. I guess I could use some of those confidence-building tips too! :)

  2. I'm about halfway between feeling confident and faking it - mostly I fake it because I don't like the way I look now that I'm older and not as thin as I would like.

    Your photos always exude a great confidence - so you're doing a good job of faking it, my friend. :-)

  3. I love that you take time to make yourself look nice when you go shopping. It does make you feel better and when you feel better, clothes look better. That's advice I should keep in mind.

    I love your outfit. You look adorable and your boots are fabulous.


  4. I really like the layers and colors you mixed in that outfit! To me-confidence comes more from knowing who I am according to God than from what I wear--but I do enjoy the days just a bit better when I'm totally in love with whatever I am wearing!


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