You’re probably gonna call me judgmental, shallow-minded or superficial, but I believe that physical appearance does matter in spite of what everyone says. I mean, I’m not saying that you have to look like Miss Universe 2016 or be Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s offspring, but I think a little effort goes a long way. As the saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. How you present yourself on the outside really reflects who you are on the inside, and in this case, I’d say screw all the “as long as you’re beautiful on the inside, yada yada” crap. Say you’re going for a job interview. Is your prospective employer going to form his/her first impression on you based on what’s inside or how you carry yourself?
I had a chat with the student ambassadors from Shoppr about this topic of discussion, along with a few other side matters, and let’s just say, you know it’s real when a bunch of girls who take their OOTDs very seriously agree with me. “Appearances do matter in today’s world. We might say we should never judge by appearance, but let’s be honest; we do, all the time. Appearances can make a lot difference when it comes to a job interview or if you’re meeting someone for the first time,” Belinda Soh says. Also, you can swear on your goldfish’s life, but I probably won’t take your word for it if you say you’ve never judged someone based on their appearance before. Am I right or AM I RIGHT?
Maybe we’re all judgmental pricks, but putting that aside, dressing well plays an important role in boosting your self-esteem and increasing your confidence. “I honestly feel that if a person feels good in what they’re wearing, their confidence shows – in the way they walk, talk and smile,” Samantha Koh adds. And when your confidence is mirrored, you will instinctively emit a more positive vibe as well. This is why some people just attract a lot of attention when they walk into a room. Confidence shows, it really does.
Cheryl Soo agrees by saying, “It’s true that looking good will make me feel so much better about myself.” Jia Xin does not hesitate to hop onto the bandwagon too. “Dressing up can actually boost my self-esteem and confidence, which is very important for everyone. Nothing feels better than feeling good!” “People always say it’s what’s inside that matters but confidence comes from what’s outside, too. If you think you look good on the outside, it’s bound to reflect what’s inside as well,” Ally Lee adds. To cut a long story short, when you look good, you feel good. It’s as simple as it sounds and I’m also running out of ideas on how to put it.
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, Helena Rubinstein once said, “There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.” Unfortunately, most of us don’t wake up looking like Kendall Jenner. Even Kendall Jenner doesn’t wake up ready to strut the runway. This is where the importance of effort and taking care of ourselves come in, people! If there are a hundred and one ways to make yourself look better, why not, right? “You’re bound to meet new people everyday and people tend to judge you by your first appearance. So it’s good to be well dressed as you’ll leave a better impression on others,” Pricilla Mark concurs.
However, Amy Loh begs to differ. “Yes, it feels great when you pull off a look; it becomes a motivation to all of us when it comes to “getting through the day.” It’s like a fashion treat! We feel productive, confident and it feels refreshing to wake up in the morning and have the intention to put effort into making sure we look extra nice. But, I disagree at the same time because society plays a huge part in the fashion world. We compare ourselves to one another. We compare ourselves and create standards that are unnecessary to begin with. This leads us to feel that we’re not good enough and it demotivates us at the end of the day because we feel judged,” she shares.
If you’ve been reading my articles, you would know by now that I spend most of my money on clothes, and dress up for college even though I’m half dead at 8am. Because nice clothes really do make me happy, sigh. My mom doesn’t feel the same way though. She’s always asking me to not spend unnecessarily (understandable) and telling me there’s no one to impress (wat)? I have a friend who once told me, “Nobody knows who you are when you go out anyway.” I’ll save the sarcastic defense from my side this time because the Shoppr student ambassadors speak enough for me.
“First of all, I dress up for myself and I believe everyone from Shoppr does that, too. You don’t need to dress up to please others or just to fish for compliments. That’s just a bonus point,” Cheryl Ong argues. “There’s a very simple answer for that. As selfish as this may sound, I dress for myself. I dress well to make myself happy,” Pricilla Mark continues. Li Ean is quick to add, “Dressing up is something I do for myself and not others. It doesn’t matter if no one knows who you are. The way you dress reflects your personality and it gives people a perception of who you are at first sight. So there’s definitely a point in dressing up!”
And don’t worry if you are not rolling in cash or if you’re a broke college student (like I am). Money is not a prominent factor when it comes to looking good. Although it obviously is a handy resource to stack your closet, it’s not the only resource. Syairah Zaharul believes that it’s not always about how much you have. “There are a lot of affordable clothes that you can get or you can even DIY the ones you have at home to make it look brand new!” she quips.
Samantha Koh continues with some fashion advice: “I honestly don’t think one has to have a lot of money to dress up as I find myself mixing and matching my tops and bottoms often. And my favourite thing to do is to own a few simple jackets/cardigans as they tend to make a huge difference for all the simple outfits.” Most of the other Shoppr student ambassadors also suggest swapping clothes, waiting for sales, thrift shopping, looking for cheaper alternatives, buying more basic and versatile items as you can easily match those with anything, and of course, browsing through Shoppr for lots of fashion inspiration! If you don’t have a Shoppr account yet, you need to get one today, and we have a little bonus for you!
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Founded in September 2014 and based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shoppr is a fashion app that identifies similar items of any outfit you see. It is the easiest way for you to learn how to style and search for the clothes you want to buy all in one place.