Beauty and fashion, from a critical and pessimistic perspective, could be considered as a waste of time. Surely it’s just time spent in narcissism, painting our faces and wearing the best new clothes in an effort to look better than the next person? Surely we have too high an opinion of ourselves to even begin in the first place, and this is emphasized in the fact that we continually spend our money to achieve such an aim?
Not so. In fact, what was mentioned above could not be more wrong. Fashion and beauty are not silly or inconsequential things. They can mean everything to the root of our lives, and can imbue us with meaning and positive feelings regarding our identity, our place in the world, our self-respect, and our ability to celebrate life. Beauty is absolutely worthwhile in a range of different scenarios, and for a range of different reasons.
Beauty & Fashion Are Seasonal
The only constant regarding beauty and fashion are that they continually change. Trends arise almost as fast as they fall, and seasons bring with them entirely new wardrobes if we hope to stay updated. Some might consider this a burden, but there’s almost no need for this to be considered the case. How better to express the beauty of living in the moment and celebrating what’s here than to dress in accordance with the world around you? Autumnal colors furthers that beauty of season when applied to your wardrobe. It shows that you care about the world around you, that you are connected with it. Just like a mother placing Christmas decorations up during the festive period, adorning yourself with the fitting clothing is tantamount to celebrating the time you currently enjoy in all of its temperance.
It makes the world that little bit brighter. It makes the season that little bit more comfortable. It makes the temporal nature of the season a little more easy to enjoy and be part of, as opposed to worrying about what’s coming ahead. This can seriously impact your positive emotion. For example, spring is now around the corner. This can be a wonderful time to bring out the floral dresses, experiment with color and become the garden nymph you have felt like being since Christmas ended!
As we get older, the ability to play is often lost from us. We do not dress up and play pretend as we did as children unless we enter an acting profession or go to a themed party. While of course fashion and beauty is different and more refined than simply dressing up in a costume, the underpinnings of what make it so enjoyable are there. Who doesn’t enjoy looking better, looking relevant and feeling updated? This celebrates life to its core, and allows you to feel part of the times around you. If you feel you need a major life upgrade, paying attention to your appearance can be a wonderful place to begin.
Beauty & Fashion Are Experimental
To have fun with your appearance, sometimes you simply need to try and find an alternate means of expressing how you apply your beauty routine. This could be as simple as a new personalized skin care routine to gain a new glow, or to try and wear colors you usually don’t. If you’re not much of a dress person, wearing them could enhance your femininity and give you room to try something slightly out of your comfort zone.
The thing about beauty and fashion are that they influence our personality. It’s likely you know this already. Dressing up and looking your best for a night on the town often feels like who you truly are, rather than wearing sweats and not showering for a full day while watching Netflix on your laptop. We all enjoy our comfort and indulgences, and of course we cannot afford to be made up at all hours of the day, but it’s likely you feel your absolute best and alive when you’re trying a new beautiful makeup line, or item of clothing.
Those critical of beauty interests often say that the people who indulge in it are often not confident when they can’t improve how they look. From this they infer that it’s simply an exercise in masking insecurity. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Someone who is able to express their inner beauty however they like will KNOW how beautiful they are. Beauty is not an exercise in covering up, but enhancing our strengths. It’s paying respect to the best parts of ourselves, parts that can often go ignored when we fail to express and enjoy them.
If you feel as though your beauty and fashion regime is starting to become a little stale, switch things up! Go for a makeover or try a completely new lip kit. Experimenting could potentially gift you a beautiful new style you adore, one which truly makes you feel like you. So why not get started, because who cares what the critics or anyone else says?
Beauty & Fashion Is Individual
There’s no better way to celebrate your individuality than to express it through beauty and clothing. People who criticize our wonderful hobby often think that what fashion you wear is inconsequential. Of course, you should never be tied to wearing ‘a certain style’ or ‘a certain designer brand’ or even designer wear at all, but you should understand that great fashion and beauty is an extension of you. It brings with it an extension of your identity, something which expresses your personality in every color and ruffle of fabric. This doesn’t mean you should ever be overbearing about looking ‘perfect,’ instead you should feel free in the creative potential afforded to you.
There is simply no better way to feel and look great, celebrate yourself, practice self-respect, feel confident, understand your worth and generally enjoy your overall life more than grooming and honoring yourself with a look that makes you feel like you. Wether this is through wearing all black, simply rose tinting your cheeks or fully painting yourself into a beautiful new person, whatever makes you happy should be celebrated more than denigrated. Making yourself look good often shows emotional health. It shows you’re open to positivity, happiness, social discourse and enjoying the things that come your way. It shows you’re connected socially, whether you hope to attract that man or woman you’ve had your eye on for some time, or simply to look fantastic among your friends while elevating each other’s confidence.
Don’t Sweat It
The only way that any of the previous advice can work and work well for you is to make sure you enjoy it. When you feel chained to looking good, it loses its excitement. You do not need to look your best every day, or every week for that matter. You only need to look good when it suits you, when feeling that way would lift your spirits, make you more confident, and help you feel secure in yourself. If you wear clothes for the sizing, the beauty, the craftsmanship of the fabrics and the way whole outfits can serve as expressions and even artistic statements, then you have a healthy attitude to this. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just wear what makes you happy and confident.
With all of this applied to your general attitude around looking great, you can be sure to have a healthy hobby in fashion and beauty.