Having a “yes” approach to life starts with a high level of confidence. But, are women saying yes enough? For many, a seemingly self-imposed “no” barrier can be to blame for holding themselves back from new and exciting possibilities. A poll of 1,000 women asked if they had ever held themselves back due to a lack of confidence.
As it turns out, three out of four women (75%) have said no to an activity or opportunity due to lack of confidence. That little voice inside is acting as your very own hater: the force telling you to say no because you can’t do it. Celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and world renowned body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass respond to the results by providing confidence boosting tips to help women say yes more often – in fashion, and in life.
How To Turn “No Moments” Into “Yes Moments”
“Saying yes starts with confidence..” Other tips from Elizabeth include:
In my experience dressing some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, I’ve learned that a great outfit that not only looks good, but makes you feel good, can give a client the boost she needs to walk the red carpet confidently. We don’t all walk the red carpet, of course, but if your every day is your “runway,” it’s best to learn from yourself. Take the time to figure out what you look good in. Is there a dress that makes you feel good the minute you put it on? A go-to color in your closet? Make this your uniform! Don’t be afraid to buy the same shapes and colors in variations.
A richly hued handbag with luxe accents elevates any outfit and telegraphs success to the world. The same rule applies to shoes. Buy shoes in black, nude, metallic – all of these work with a lot of different looks. Create a confidence-boosting look for less, so go ahead and shop for multiples!
And if you are not feeling confident (which we’ve all had those days)…put on a fierce front and own it anyway! The more you do this, and face challenges despite your fear, the more confident you will feel.
According to Dr. Lillian Glass, there are everyday habits women can focus on that will help them exude more confidence and change how they’re perceived by family, friends and colleagues.” said Dr. Glass. In addition, she recommends:
Choose clothing that turns YOU on – makes you smile and makes your heart beat a little faster. That little rush in adrenaline that makes you happy will reflect in your body language and voice.
Quality pieces fit better, and that affects your posture, which then affects the overall impression you make every day. More than half (58%) of the women agreed that the higher quality clothing they wore, the more confident they felt.
ALWAYS wear a smile. A pleasant expression makes your clothes look even more beautiful on you.