Fashion can tell the world something about who you are without saying a word. Have you ever noticed that wearing a fun color might improve your mood? Or maybe you discover an amazing silhouette and walk around with an extra boost of confidence for the rest of the day?
My experience in the world of fashion has taught me that when we feel good about ourselves, we are more likely to practice self-care. An important part of self care: taking the time to present ourselves in a way that makes us feel comfortable and confident.
For too long, fashion came along with an expansive list of rules that taught us to hide from our bodies, rather than celebrate them. We’ve all heard to stick to black colors to look slim and avoid stripes — not flattering. The truth is, fashion has no rules. Experimenting, taking risks, and trying new things is part of the journey. And there is so much more to life than trying to look skinny.
We’ve been conditioned to believe that looking thin is what’s beautiful. The reality: we come in a range of shapes and sizes. No one should have to feel like they need to camouflage or hide her body because society tells her she should.
If you like to wear all black, continue wearing black. But if you’re wearing black to hide that extra roll or curve, I encourage you to take a small step towards trying something different. We are more than our bodies and we are more than our outer appearance. But when we give ourselves permission to express ourselves through dress, it can go a long way in positively impacting other parts of our lives.
I’m looking forward to sharing plenty of modest, beautiful clothing options in this new online magazine. Unlike other fashion blogs or magazines, my focus here is to be inclusive, to those with budgets of all sizes and bodies of all sizes. Our mission here: embrace the body God gave you. Celebrate it. Don’t hide it!