19 January 2016

Does dressing well bring confidence?

Do you feel more confident when you know you have dressed to impress? 

I know I do and I find I feel a lot more comfortable in myself when I do too.

I'm not really a person who will stick to one trend or even one type of clothing style.

Most of the time I'll be in my work uniform (unfortunately) which includes steel toecap boots, work pants and a hoodie.

I seriously think that if any of the friends I have met through social media saw me for the first time whilst I was in work mode I don't think they would recognise me.

They are used to seeing pictures of me in suits or smart casual clothes - which are obviously the type of pictures I want to share with the world.

I wouldn't want them to see me dressed for work that's for sure - it's not a look I feel most confident in...not at all.

At home I don't really dress up smart - you will usually find me in shorts and t-shirts or in comfy joggers and a hoodie.

Home is where I feel most comfortable and my clothes reflect this.
I love slobbing out wearing them. 

And even when I go out to my local town center or pop out to visit family I like to wear my slobbing out clothes too.
I think because I'm at ease and comfortable I do feel confident wearing these type of outfits out and about in front of people, mainly because this is what the people I see are used to me wearing.

In 2015 I was invited to quite a lot of blogging events which included going to a few restaurants to review - places I thought that I had better dress up for.

At events like these I want others to see that I have made an effort with my appearance, to think that I look nice even.
I know that I 100% wouldn't feel confident or "at my best" if I didn't make an effort going to places like these.

And that's not me being vain but I look at my blog as a little bit of a brand now and I feel that I need to look the part (at times) to show that I represent it well, especially when I'm doing things which "show off" my blog.

Blogging events are a prime example and I always make sure I try to dress well when I attend thigs like this because I know it will help with my confidence levels, helping me get through the day without being scared or reluctant about chatting to other bloggers.

And I'm pleased I am able to find a way to feel this confidence because I have made some really cool friends over the past year.

When I look good, I feel good and this definitely brings out the more confident side of me, the side I want to show others.

Finding the perfect outfit however doesn't come easy to me.
I'm not the slimmest of guys and I struggle to find clothes which fit my body shape.

T-Shirts fit perfectly around my shoulders, arms and chest but cling to my tummy - this makes me feel really uncomfortable and reserved, which is not me at all.
I also struggle with trousers and have only recently started wearing jeans again after I managed to found the perfect pair.

Comfort is always key for me, so if I can find comfy clothes that look smart then I'm really happy.

Even the most stylish of men struggle finding the right clothes to wear - clothes which look good, feel good and bring out their confidence - even top celebs such as David Beckham can suffer with these so called "manxities"
(see link)

The picture of me below was taken at a fashion event where everybody was dressed amazing - there were a few celebs there too so I knew I needed to feel super confident.

In this dashing, slim fit suit i felt fantastic and I even got quite a few complements too, which was nice.

My confidence was at an all time high let me tell you - I was flitting about, chatting to people and I didn't feel out of place at all, and this isn't the norm for me at all.



My top tips for guys who have a "little extra" around the waist, tummy and legs like me are...

- try every item of clothing on before you buy it - all shops have different fits even though they are the same size

- don't be scared of trying the next size up - they could be a better fit and it's only you who knows what size the item is.

- if you are wanting a pair of skinny jeans but are scared you will be a bit constricted in them find a pair with a little give in them.
I have a pair and they almost feel slightly elastic - great for me and my rugby player legs.

And most of all - be as happy as you can and the confidence will follow.

(This post was apart of the Jacamo Manxiety Campaign)

I hope you have enjoyed it.


CARL

I was gifted for this post by Jacamo but all views and pictures are my own
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8 comments

  1. You look really smart - the whole outfit is great but I particularly like the edging on the shirt and those wonderful shoes - my chap would like them a lot. It's true what you say

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  2. Be comfortable in yourself (and your clothes) and that definitely brings confidence. :-) I try to be the same. Love bec @becinmonton

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  3. I love this post - it's a lovely little hurrah to who you are!

    I'm very similar - in the office I don't make too much effort, unless I'm meeting a customer or have a meeting, I'd class our dress code as business casual. At home & on weekends i'm most likely to be found in my gym wear, it motivates me to go if I get up & ready from the word go.

    But if I'm out or at an event I want to feel glamorous, I want to look good and feel even better and that's why I dress up. Not for anyone else, just for me.

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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  4. I have a few go-to items that I wear all the time. I used to shop a slot but I end up not wearing stuff - I have to feel really confident to wear most things.

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  5. Great post. Most of the time I wear jeans, geek t-shirt and hoody. I use to wear a lot of suits, suit jackets, shirts when I was younger (and slimmer) but I guess as I've gotten a bit more portley, I've stepped away from it more. I think the issue with shirts is they often draw attention to the stomach. Maybe if I can get myself slimmer again I'll return to suits, but for now, I'm happy as I am.

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  6. I definitely feel more confident when I'm dressed a certain way. I take pride in my appearance (probably unhealthily really but I know that when I like what I'm wearing I feel better about myself in general. Great post Carl x

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  7. That suit looks lovely on you! I'm kind of the opposite, I feel less confident if I have to dress up. I work in an office and we have a pretty strict dress code, I always feel like a child playing dress up luckily we have dress down days so I can wear jeans and feel happy with how I look. But maybe I just need to find some office wear that I feel more comfortable in.

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  8. That suit looks lovely on you! I'm kind of the opposite, I feel less confident if I have to dress up. I work in an office and we have a pretty strict dress code, I always feel like a child playing dress up luckily we have dress down days so I can wear jeans and feel happy with how I look. But maybe I just need to find some office wear that I feel more comfortable in.

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