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Clothes To Make You Feel Good

So I’m going to start with a disclaimer that I came up with this topic because I’ve recently binge watched all of Queer Eye.

This week I’ve been indulging in a lot of sewing and - as some of you might have seen over on my relaunched blog - I’ve been talking about planning for a new season.

When I’ve been planning and raiding my stash I’ve noticed I’m being drawn to items that push me out of my comfort zone. Trousers in particular and, for the first time in a while, this doesn’t scare me (much)! So wardrobe planning and Queer Eye have brought me to the topic of power dressing or clothes that make you feel good. The big question is: What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?

Fashion and caring about clothes is often disregarded as being frivolous and trivial. Shunned as being unintelligent, caring about how you look and what you wear can often be linked with negativity. Well to that, I say pishy caca (also been watching La La Land a few too many times).

Clothing can often be the key to confidence, can make or break a situation, and is how you make your first impressions. If I’m feeling down and not confident about myself I can see this reflected in my clothes. Fickle as it might be, I feel good about myself when I’m wearing something great. Obviously we have to be realistic now and there are of course times when even clothes can’t fix a situation. But my point is that we should all have clothes in our wardrobe that can give us a boost when we need it.

Power dressing doesn’t have to mean pantsuits and smart clothes. Power dressing can adapt itself for any situation you need to feel powerful for. For me, wearing something ‘smart’ doesn’t make me feel powerful, it makes me feel awkward and unsure of myself. But wearing a beautifully patterned dress or some shiny shoes can make me feel ready to take on anything.

Having said that, a considered casual - a sick pair of trainers paired with something unexpected like a really feminine dress can make me feel powerful af if worn in the right situation. Being comfortable in something can make you feel more powerful because you appear more confident wearing it.

So I guess this is something to think about when choosing your outfits, but also when planning what to make next. Just because everyone else is making it, doesn’t mean it’s going to be right for you and who wants to make clothes that don’t make them feel good?

Am I right?

Step Away From The Computer
This week I'm seeking inspiration and moments away from my computer or phone. So here's some advice to find some offline inspiration... once you're done reading this newsletter obvs.

5 mins Play your favourite song. Even better see if you can play it on record. 

30 mins Flick through a magazine. Take the time to actually read it and not just look at the pictures which I am very guilty of.

More Time Start a new book or pick up an unfinished read. Spend more time then you should reading it. I bet you'll come away still feeling motivated. 


If you want to be more like Tennessee Thomas too then here are some links to get you started.
Instagram | The Deep End Club | The Like | NAF band |
MR Oh Boy Podcast Episode that I listened to while writing this

Sometimes I wish I could find the time to read more. When I was at uni, on my commute, I would get through books like no one's business. Here are three books that I am reading/have previously read that are perfect break from screen time but will still leave you feeling inspired.

Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald
Something to know about me is that I love the Fitzgeralds. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books and when I did read more I would constantly read Fitzgerald books are books by people in their friendship circle. I love the glamour of the 1920s and everything about the women of the Flapper movement. I'm currently reading this book for glam inspo.

The Secret History
This is a book that took me forever to read but once I finished it I could not stop thinking about it. It's probably due another read but I could not recommend it enough. Telling the story of six classics students who commit murder then have to deal with the consequences. 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
If this book is to inspire you in any way, just know Carson McCullers had this debut book published when she was just 23! Aside from that fact this is a fab read. Set in the 1930s, it tells the story of a deaf mute called John Singer and the people in his small town in Georgia. 
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