The first time I wore colored tights I felt like a walking neon sign. When I cut ten inches off my hair two years ago for a bob, I nearly cried when I looked in the mirror. My first experiment with red lipstick felt equally disastrous.
Now I feel comfortable in nearly every shade of tights and know that hair is just hair and will grow back. So, what changed? Am I a different person now than I was then? Perhaps a little, but ultimately what I happened was I weathered the “adjustment period.”
What is the adjustment period you ask? It is the time it takes to get used to something new. Whenever something dramatic happens in your life it takes time to deal. Changing your style or physical appearance is no different from other perhaps more serious or drastic changes (moving to a new town, starting a new school, ending a relationship, etc).
So many times my friends attempt a “new look” for less than 24 hours and then decide it just isn’t them. While I’m not saying we should fight our gut instincts, I do think we shouldn’t give up so easily! If you like something and admire it on others, you should attempt it on yourself. But we must remember that Rome was not built in a day, so initially a new look might not seem natural. Just like going to the gym regularly it can become part of your nature and routine…
End note: don’t be afraid of change and when you try something new, give it a real try…like a week. :)
~The Clothes Horse