I was thinking about Mindfulness and ways we can be more Mindful in our everyday life. As I was looking in my wardrobe, I wondered if that was actually being a mindful moment?
I asked Christine Blundell from My Private Stylist & Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond’s Fashion Editor her opinion and she agreed that we can Dress Mindfully. So I tasked Christine to give us some ideas on how we can dress more mindfully each day. I hadn’t even thought of some of the tips she has given us in this post!
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What is Dressing Mindfully?
In this month of #MakingMarchMeaningful, let’s discuss what it means to dress mindfully.
I believe mindful dressing is about dressing with intention, thinking about what we wear, the style, the colour and how it expresses who we are to the world.
When you dress for the day, whether it be for work, leisure or a special occasion, do you consciously think about what you will wear and why? Most of us think a lot about choosing an outfit for a special event, but not about our day to day wardrobe.
6 Ways to Dress Mindfully
Do you know what styles suit your body shape?
Not all styles suit all body shapes. We may absolutely love a particular style or current fashion trend, but finding out those suited to your own unique shape that is flattering and you feel good in saves money on purchasing clothing that we end up not wearing because it doesn’t look good on us.
If you would like to discover the styles that suit your own unique body shape from the comfort of your home, I have an online My Private Stylist Program that you can complete that will give you detailed, illustrated recommendations personalised to you.
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Go to My Private Stylist and Use the code MINDFUL
Do you know what colours you look best in?
Knowing which colours are most flattering to your hair, skin and eyes, those that bring you alive makes all the difference to how we feel, whereas the wrong colours can cause us to look drawn, tired or unweIl, prompting people to sometimes ask if we are feeling okay.
If we look good, we feel good.
Contact an Image Consultant in your area to discover the amazing colours that bring you alive. Go to Image Innovators and click on Consultant Directory
Expressing Our Personality
Do your clothes express to those around you who you are on the inside?
Our clothing is the only way we can give someone a first impression without words. What message would you like to send to others? Are you a creative
Dramatic? Classic? Elegant? Natural? Knowing our clothing personality can save wasted money on clothing that we don’t feel right in because it doesn’t suit our personality eg, buying a tailored shirt that makes us feel restricted when we are more of a natural person.
Take the Style Personality quiz here
Your Style Expression
If you knew that the gorgeous dress you just bought was made by women who are paid well below what they can afford to live on, in conditions that are oppressive with fabrics and chemicals that are a hazard to the environment- would you still have bought it?
We live in a time of “fast fashion”, where we can buy clothes very cheaply, but are often unaware of the conditions in which they were produced. That is not to say that all cheap clothes are produced in less than ideal conditions, but perhaps we all should be more aware of not only how they are produced but also the fabric used as well as not buying something only to be worn a few times and thrown out, causing environmental damage with mountains of unwanted clothing needing to be destroyed.
According to McKinseys State of fashion report last year, more than half of fast fashion items are thrown away in less than 1 year.
I recently read about one company who takes unwanted clothing and remakes it into other garments. We can shop mindfully by supporting brands that are striving for a more ethical approach.
I have only just started looking at ethical clothing and have much to learn, but here are the names of some of the Ethical Clothing brands I have found:
Elk, Organic Crew, Biome, Everlane, Vege Threads, Velvety.
In theses times of financial struggles many are shopping at Charity Shops, where there can be some great finds. I know of several people who want to live sustainably and choose not to buy new but shop for all their clothes at these shops, which also assists the charities.
Another trend becoming popular is clothing swaps, which can be organised amongst friends or an organisation.
Consider investing in classic, high quality garment pieces. These will be timeless garments that you will be able to use as wardrobe basics. Instead of buying more clothes at a cheaper price point and quality, buy less but invest more and think of cost per wear over a number of years.
Some Australian labels that also produce ethical clothing are:
Cue, Veducci, Perri Cutten, Anthea Crawford.
If you would like to calculate cost per wear of garments go to: