I’ve always been a plus size even as a little girl. Unfortunately, Barbie’s figure was synonymous to sexy in our society while I was growing up. Being chubby or skinny became a flaw for most girls so back then choosing my OOTD has been a struggle. I wanted to wear trendy clothes and learn some fashion care tips for my outfits to look good. But that didn’t matter because I still get taunted about being chubby regardless if I wear fitting or loose clothes. I just laugh whenever they tease me, calling me “Suman” or Lechon”, not realizing that it was hurting my self confidence.
Those who know me might’ve noticed that loose shirts, pants, and comfortable clothes were my standard outfits. This was the “Barbie effect” on my self-confidence.
It’s a good thing that our society now recognizes that “sexy” comes in different shapes and sizes, including plus size. I learned that “Your body is not wrong. Society is”. I began to embrace my plus sized body and started to wear dresses and body fit clothes that I used to shun. Luckily there are plenty of plus sized clothes available in fashion outlets today. Here is one of my best powerdressing looks that I discovered as I began to explore my fashionable side.
This photo was taken during an event wherein we were asked to strut on stage in our outfits. I’m really a very shy person and I never imagined myself doing anything like that. With the help of my friends and the right outfit, I overcame my fears and strutted out on stage like a fashion model.
It was then that I learned that wearing the RIGHT CLOTHES for YOU can BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE. That experience proved to me that the way we dress affects our mood. Yes, clothes can really boost your confidence! Here are some ideas on how to stay confident through your fashion picks.
- Choose Clothes That Flatter Your Body Shape.
People come in different shape and sizes. Know your body shape and choose clothes that complement it. Clothes that fit you well can camouflage problem areas and accentuate the good ones. Just remember that you can look good and feel sexy no matter what size you are.
- The Right Colors Can Make Your Beauty Shine.
Red and black are power colors for dressing up. They can make you look really stunning in your outfit. But there are more colors that you can explore for your daily outfits. Simply choose colors that match your skin tone and let your beauty shine in your OOTD.
- Look before you Wear.
It can be tempting to buy trendy clothes on display but the question is, “Will it look good on you?” Always check the fit and ask yourself if you feel good about wearing it before going to the check out counter. If you look good and feel good in it then go for it!
Getting dressed everyday used to be a struggle for me but now I look forward to it. Remember that our clothes are tools that we can use to project a positive image for ourselves and make us feel great. And when something makes you feel good about yourself then you need to take extra care of it. Here are some FashionCare tips to make your stylish clothes last longer.
- Fold clothes like an expert
Pay attention on how you fold clothes to minimize creases and preserve their shape. It is always best to fold them along the seams to achieve a perfect fold.
- Always clean before you store
Bugs, dirt, and strong scents that may be left on your clothes before storing can damage your fashion treasures. Make sure that your clothes are clean and free of any “tenants” before putting it in storage.
- Store clothes using the right tools
Bags and boxes may be fine for storing your regular tees but some clothes may require special tools. Clothes with delicate fabric should be carefully stored with protective wrappings. You would also need a suit hanger and a breathable canvas bag for your suits.
- Hangers can damage clothes too
Avoid cheap plastic or wire hangers that may cause stretching in the shoulder area of your tops. Invest in hangers that provide the right support for all types of clothes. Also remember that hanging knit fabrics can stretch them out over time.
- Inspect for stains and snags
Stains and snags are common clothing accidents and it is best to treat them immediately. Putting stained clothes or fabrics with snags in the washer can damage it more. Remember to inspect and treat damages before putting clothes in the machine.
- Organize your laundry before washing
Separating the white fabrics from colored ones is the first step in organizing your laundry. But it shouldn’t stop there, also check and follow washing instructions in your clothing tags. This will help you keep your clothes looking fresh and bright for a longer period of time.
- Never wash brand new bold colored clothes with lightly colored clothes
The deep bold colors on on clothing is more likely to bleed onto lighter ones, more so when they are brand new. Washing in cold water can help but it isn’t a perfect solution.
- Check your pockets for rogue occupants
Coins are the top culprits when you hear weird clanking sound in the washing machine. This may not be a major cause for alarm but it can prevent you from getting an efficient wash. Always check pockets for coins, keys, tissues and other items that may be damaged and cause damage during the wash.
- Avoid improper use of detergent
Using more detergent will not necessarily result to cleaner clothes. Too much detergent can even damage your clothes in the long run. It can and also damage the machine as excess soap can encourage mildew growth. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s guide for detergent use. You will save money and protect both clothes and machine from unnecessary damage.
- Rotate clothes in your closet
Rotating clothes in the closet allows you to balance the use of your clothes and lessen the wear and tear. Freshly laundered clothes go to the back of the closet and the rest are moved to the front. People are likely to grab items in front more than those at the back. This way your clothes have time to “rest” before you wear them again.
- Electrolux Washing Machines as your FashionCare Partner
Good quality and reliable washing machines are important in taking care of your clothes. As such, Electrolux washing machines can be your best Fashion Care partner. It can help you be more confident in your clothes and favorite fashion pieces by giving it the proper care.
Easy and fuss-free, this is how you can describe fashion care with Electrolux washers and dryers. They are not just Energy-Efficient and Fast-Cleaning these machines also come with smart features to provide expert care for delicate fabrics. It has everything you need to get clean, soft, and vibrant looking clothes that last longer. In short, they enable you to do efficient laundry at your own convenience.
Doing laundry doesn’t feel like a chore anymore because everything is a breeze.
The UltraMix™ System is another noteworthy feature of the Electrolux premium washers. This patented pre-mixing technology dissolves the detergent before it reaches your clothes and cleans even the most delicate garments. It delivers exceptional deep cleaning in cold water and keeps your clothes looking vibrant with 32% less colour fading.
With Electrolux Vapour Refresh program, you will get wrinkle-free clothes with less ironing hassle. It refreshes your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh and looking like new. I also think that moms will appreciate that Electrolux washers reduce up to 99.9% of allergens with its Vapour Care feature. Electrolux Load Sensor™ automatically senses load weight, determines optimal washing time, water and detergent. On top of that, you are ensured of high energy efficiency and quieter wash cycle from an Ecoinverter Technology.
Electrolux washers are certified by the Woolmark Apparel Care for the gentlest care of hand-wash only woollens. Their machines are even gentler than traditional hand-washing.
The Woolmark Company is the world’s leading, independent authority on wool care. Its apparel care label guarantees that appliances are safe for hand wash-only woollens. The Woolmark Apparel Care label on an Electrolux washer means that you are able to hand-wash those woolens using even less energy than normal. This not only saves you money but it’s more environment friendly. That’s efficient fashion care from a brand that you can be confident with.
Remember, to always love what you wear whether it’s pants, shirt or dress! By wearing your favorite clothes that make you feel good about yourself will give you that boost of confidence, making you feel like YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING! So, wear what you love, enjoy your life, and don’t forget my FASHIONCARE tips to make your clothes last longer.