- 21 Jul
Life x Style 049 (Summer blues)
You may have noticed that I wear a lot of blue here. It has been my favorite color since I was like 5. Still today, I’m wearing it. It looks great on my skin tone, mixes well, and really just makes me happy.
This brings me to something that has had a huge impact on my life- the psychology of clothes.
Why do certain outfits make us happy and some don’t?
Why do our clothes affect how we feel?
Why is it that certain outfits can actually change our body language, effect our energy, and therefore how others perceive us?
Clothes are special. Some pieces more so than others. Certain items of clothing can elevate how we feel about ourselves- and really make us feel special, even if for just that one day.
This brings me to the questions: Why not make every day special? Why not make every day a celebration of yourself? Why not only wear the things you feel your best in?
A few years back during a rather difficult time, I learned that my clothing could uplift my mood- or it could depress it. I felt a certain visceral reaction in my body depending on what I was wearing. And I liked it. It really helped me during that time. It can help you too, even during your most vulnerable times. Choose only items that lift you up, make you smile back at yourself in the mirror, and turn that frown upside down. (see, it’s working already.)
Clothing is a powerful tool. It can instill a sense of confidence if chosen correctly. Especially as women, we are very receptive to the impact our outer shell has on our inner being.
Clothing can help heal, and help open the door to gaining confidence in yourself, to learn to love and accept yourself fully; that has been my experience at least. It can act as a bridge to transform who you are.
Your clothing says a lot about you. Make yours a positive and empowering statement.
Mira Blackman is a designer who I’m thrilled to have met in person. I’ve visited her studio- where the magic happens. Not only is she an incredible artist, but she’s an all-around cool chic who just exudes good vibes.
Please check out Mira’s website for more on her one of a kind designs, and the rich history of the all natural, handmade, heritage textiles she works with. And my favorite thing about her work- everything is designed to minimize fabric waste, which makes her one heck of a slow fashion queen.
Shot at The Maker’s Studio of my local crush Rare Bird, a boutique, gallery & studio located in Oakland, California. Their Instagram (found here) is insanely inspiring, creative and fun- a must-follow! Rare Bird stocks mostly local wares, contemporary, vintage & even handmade clothing, drool-worthy jewelry and hard-to-resist decor for the home (the shop owner’s Elika Sage candles are a life-saver in my house). They offer DIY workshops taught by local artists, host monthly gallery shows and events.
Again- a must-see if you’re in the Bay Area! And shop owner Erica- another cool girl, super talented artist & maker who’s been a huge inspiration to me personally.
Get involved. Become part of the movement for a healthier, more sustainable fashion world. I believe that together we can change the face of fashion. Wear what you love and wear what empowers you. Also consider where your clothes were made and who made them. Your purchase may empower the person who made them (or not). Shop wisely.
Every purchase is a vote. Make yours count. Dress in clothing you love and that have a positive impact on you and the rest of the world.
*The items featured on this blog are what I consider sustainable fashion and/or are items I have owned for a very long time- which I would then consider a sustainable fashion choice simply for the longevity of it.
photography by Jessie Cagliero