Taking time to take in the goodness of yourself and all around you is critical to self-confidence and wellbeing.
As Mother’s Day approaches tomorrow, it’s time to think about taking a moment to appreciate. Whether that’s appreciating your own mother, you yourself as a mother, or any of the mothers you know around you. It’s called sisterhood and it’s called loving yourself.
Not enough of us take the time to take care of ourselves. It’s not self-indulgent or frivolous to do so, as some would have us think. It’s necessary to make us loving and caring towards all those around us. First you have to love yourself and the rest follows.
It’s a tricky skill to master in this age of the struggle of the juggle, rushing woman’s syndrome and trying to have it all. We can do it all – most of the time - but we need to take moments of time out too, to suspend the work and focus on a sense of self.
Fashion is telling us to do just this. Romantic, soft gestures and patterns that signal a slowing down, a poetic whimsy that says float away on a dream for a while, are dropping right now for High Winter. Trelise Cooper’s latest releases incorporate full, blooming, luscious red roses that have a painterly effect. These flowers of love are represented in cropped, finely knitted cardigans and in full form, with stalks, down the length of luxurious dresses.
Floral prints, in general, lavish themselves over dresses, tops and in an abundant and generous way. On the international runways, Erdem, Emilia Wickstead, Dolce and Gabbana and Mary Katrantzou all leaned heavily on flowers to create a bold, colourful direction for their current collections. What could be better in winter, and with rouge on the lips, voila!
When we stop and think about ourselves, we gain confidence to try new colours, prints and styles. Be bold, be brave, be beautiful and find a store that will help you discover a fresh style perspective. You should feel comfortable trying on lots of options and know that the stylists in store offer you honest advice. Finding a new fashion direction can bring a refreshing sense of self.
We recently had Kayla Jurlina in store, the designer for the Trelise Cooper label COOP. She said that we should all be getting up everyday, feeling inspired by what we wear, and dressed to impress. The right clothes, that feel right for you, make us feel really good about ourselves; they boost confidence, self image and wellbeing; they can make you walk taller and with a spring in your step. I see it time and again in the industry, when a woman will open herself up to a change, new advice, and find the person she’s been looking for, right there inside her.
I am a firm believer in taking some time to appreciate – to stop and smell the roses as the saying goes. To feel loved and pampered by others is a special bonus, and I hope all you wonderful mums feel just so on your special day tomorrow.
Article by Wendy Simister for Indulge.