14 Ways Your Wardrobe Can Improve Your Health

Your wardrobe is one of many lifestyle choices that can help you stay healthy and improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. Choose wisely when it comes to clothing, shoes and bags with these tips.

Improving Your Health with Clothing:

  1. Wear the correct size. Tight clothing can cause circulatory problems and aggravate high blood pressure. Buy clothing that fits comfortably. Use the size tags only as a guideline to help you choose – if seeing that tag upsets you, cut it out after you decide to keep the garment. Don’t let a size tag control your self-esteem or self-confidence. That goes for jewelry as well – choose what fits you and what is proportionally attractive for your ‘right now’ body.
  2. Dress for the climate. Let your local weather forecast help you decide what to wear. Harsh winters call for coats, hats, gloves and boots to help keep you healthy and comfortable. High heat and humidity is easier to bear when you’re decked out in light weight and loose fitting gear that allows air to circulate. Choose lightweight layers to help you transition from outdoor heat to indoor air conditioning.
  3. Protect yourself from the sun. Keep using your sunscreen and let your garments provide an additional line of defense. Hats shield the delicate skin on your face and neck year round. Toss on a tunic or sarong after your swim at the beach or pool.
  4. Customize your bra to your shape. Bras with adequate support help reduce back pain, and when supplemented by muscle-building exercise, can improve your posture. Specialty shops and department stores often offer free fittings. Fuller figures may need underwire and front hook closures – and the fuller your figure, the more closures (3 or more hooks versus 2) you may need.
  5. Shop for compression socks. Many doctors recommend compression socks for patients who are recovering from medical procedures or have conditions like diabetes that interfere with circulation. They’re also great for anyone who wants to boost blood flow or stands on their feet all day.

Kick Off a Fresh Image with a Mini-Makeover

Have you been wishing you could change your appearance? Are you growing tired of your hair, skin, body shape or size, or even just the style of your clothing? If you’ve experienced any of these feelings – and they are common as we move into a new year, or sometimes a new month – you might enjoy a mini-makeover.

How you feel about your body image has a substantial effect on how you feel about yourself as a person. Everyone needs a boost to his or her body image once in awhile. And it just feels good to make some changes to your personal appearance, which will help you to love who and what you see in the mirror every single day.

Get Through The Things That Suck In Your Closet

“Everything you want is surrounded by things that SUCK…as long as you’re willing to get through the stuff that sucks, you can have EVERYTHING that you want.”

Jonathan Sprinkles


The quote above is from a very good friend and amazing speaker – Jonathan Sprinkles. Yes – that’s really his last name! It struck me particularly sharply today, as I’m working on getting through some of the “stuff” that sucks with regard to my own wardrobe. You see, even though I am an accomplished Image Professional, sometimes I still have challenges with letting go of old garments and shoes in my closet.

You know the ones – the sentimental garments that immediately take you back to a happy time…the shoes you wore on that special date that made you feel like you could dance all night, or the ones that got you whistled at when you were with your friends…

The jacket that seemed to make you look a size smaller, or curvier, or taller, or ____________________ (insert adjective here)…but now is a little more tattered and worn than you can really stand, and yet…it’s so hard to let go of…

Business Clothing – Basic Rules, Part 2 – Professional Dress for Women

When women entered the workplace in the 1970’s and 1980’s in greater numbers than ever before and began to move into positions which had traditionally been held by men, many of them believed that they needed to imitate the business attire of their male counterparts. Widely publicized books from that era – like “Dress for Success” – did not promote individuality or dressing to fit one’s personality or body shape – everyone was expected to wear the same garments and dress in the same ultra-conservative manner.

The result? Women started showing up at the office in skirted suits or coordinated skirts and jackets with tailored blouses, finished off with an accessory item that looked very much like a man’s tie. None of this did very much for women’s self-esteem and self-confidence, and it did very little to enhance their credibility or help women be seen as valuable and intelligent players in the business world.