Dress your­self con­fi­dent

Grazia’s Laura An­to­nia Jor­dan asks fash­ion’s power play­ers which wardrobe weapon gives them per­fect poise…

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not just of the peo­ple we are but the peo­ple we want to be. Whether that per­son is se­ri­ous or sweet, flirty or for­mi­da­ble, edgy or el­e­gant, de­pends on your mood, taste and the oc­ca­sion. But one thing that we are al­ways striv­ing to achieve via what we wear is con­fi­dence (no­body has ever said, ‘I must go shop­ping – I want some­thing that makes me feel ter­ri­ble about my­self !’).

So, can you dress your­self con­fi­dent? Clothes can cer­tainly help – their trans­for­ma­tive power is un­de­ni­able. ‘A great out­fit can com­pletely change how you feel,’ says Ditte Reff­strup of Dan­ish mega brand Ganni. ‘ When I think back to a day when I felt re­ally good, it usu­ally co­in­cides with a good out­fit.’

What con­sti­tutes a ‘good out­fit’, how­ever, is all down to the in­di­vid­ual – there is no one-size-fits-all for­mula. We asked 12 in­flu­en­tial women who work in the fash­ion in­dus­try (and who ap­pear to have cracked the con­fi­dence code) what they turn to when they want to be on their A-game. Their an­swers are as var­ied as they are: one woman’s slouchy tee is another woman’s span­gly dress. The one non-ne­go­tiable? Com­fort.

And of course, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that clothes won’t do all the hard work for you. ‘I think you have to feel good in your­self to make you feel con­fi­dent,’ says Tabitha Sim­mons. ‘A pair of shoes or state­ment ear­rings or maybe just a new lip­stick can def­i­nitely help though’.

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