There is no denying that “confidence” is one of the most beloved buzzwords in fashion. Everyone from our grandmothers to our best friends seems to be investing in self-love books and posting Instagram captions about body positivity. It is an essential trend and one that, hopefully, will stick around permanently.
That being said, simply retweeting a body positivity statement or copying and pasting an Instagram caption is a lot easier to do than to actually feel confident. Most people strive for confidence, but it is also something that a lot of women lack.
Clothing choices are a perfect way to employ the fake-it-till-you-make-it mentality on those days when your confidence is lacking. Women who always seem the most confident and successful are guaranteed to have their go-to outfits that they look to, over and over again, to help them feel confident.
So, for a confidence boost, try out these five outfit combinations.
1. Work Outfit: Pencil Skirt and Button-Up with Rolled Sleeves
One of the most classic combinations for a reason! Pencil skirts are universally flattering, and a crisp button-up looks presentable and girl-boss worthy. Opt to cuff the sleeves so that they hit at your mid-forearm to give the outfit a relaxed and effortless style.
You don’t have to stay with the same black pencil skirt, though. Charcoal and navy blue have been shown to be the most universally flattering colors. Or if you are feeling extra confident, opt for a printed skirt à la Victoria Beckham.
2. Casual Outfit: A High-Quality Knit with Your Favorite Jeans
Comfort is key to dress confidently, but there are ways of achieving a comfortable casual outfit that doesn’t involve baggy sweatpants and Crocs slippers. So whether it is Casual Friday in the office, or you just need a relaxed but chic outfit for errand running or an ice-cream date, opt for the most foolproof “Confident Girl” combo: your favorite jeans and a well-made knit.
As this is such a foolproof combination, consider investing in some knits and jeans. This pairing is comfortable for walking around all day, and will also look incredibly chic. Accessorize with a pair of ankle booties or on-trend sneakers. (Valium)
3. Gym Outfit: Flattering Leggings and a Bra that Fits
There is no denying that a steady workout routine improves your confidence, but you may not realize that confidence can also improve your workout. If you walk into the gym or your Pilates class feeling good about yourself and your body, it will affect how much weight you think you can bench, miles you can jog, or stretches you will be able to complete.
Wearing leggings and workout tops that make you feel fantastic will undoubtedly push you to work harder than if you opted to hide behind an oversized stained t-shirt and baggy, ill-fitting shorts.
There are many styles of leggings that are flattering no matter your body type or preference, but high-waisted leggings are considered the most universally flattering. Ensure that you also wear a sports bra that properly fits and keeps everything in place.
Once you have these two essentials sorted, throw on a tank top or workout t-shirt you feel best in, and finish the look off with your favorite pair of sneakers. The most confident women look and feel confident from the boardroom to the gym.
4. Weekend Outfit: Go-to Dress and Flats
You want to experiment with different dress styles until you find one that makes you feel terrific. For you, it may be a bombshell slip dress, a cute mini dress, a fashionable Afro Chic dress, or a waist-cincher sundress. Only you know what feels good on your body and what you feel the most “you” in.
By choosing a dress that flatters your body, you are not only making yourself feel more confident in the moment, but you will also remember the confidence that the garment brought long after it has been taken off.
Dresses are the simplest thing to throw on and wear (it is almost a full outfit in one piece!). During the daytime, a cute pair of flats ensures you remain comfortable and can either walk to brunch or dance all night, whatever your weekend plans may be.
5. The Date Night Outfit: Skinny Jeans and Leather Jacket
Whether it is your first date or your one hundredth, you want to feel your best.
While a tight dress may seem like a surefire way to impress your date, you may have second thoughts when you’re actually on the date and feeling conscious about flashing the valet guy, or having a food baby after a big Italian dinner. Without a doubt, for everyone, a pair of skinny jeans and a chic blouse is a flattering combination that will make you feel confident.
To add intrigue to your skinny jeans, pair them with a fresh and trendy leather jacket. Combine them with statement heels for a fancier occasion, or with ballet flats for a more casual date.
Pair your selected outfits with a great hairstyle to really bring your confidence out – you can even have a consultation with your hairstylist to ensure you’re bringing out the best of your assets. By curating your wardrobe through a bit of research and online shopping, you will always know what combinations will have you feeling your best.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs today. When you slip into one of Feiruza’s creations, you can almost hear the rhythms of Africa, the beats of India and the vibrancy of Dubai – this distinctive and colourful mélange is just what Finchitua is about.