July 20, 2020
We welcome our guest blogger to the ELC community Claire Jensen.
With over 10 years extensive experience in fashion retail and Visual Merchandising, Claire is now an accredited 1:1 personal stylist, workshop facilitator and Australian Style Institute Trainer.
Claire's message is around empowering and building confidence for her clients. With a focus on creating a positive dialogue around body image and educating our clients about how the clothes we wear can impact the way we see ourselves and how we feel.
There's a saying that I often share with my client’s which is:
What we focus on, we continue to notice and experience to the exception of everything else.
For example, when you hear a new song on the radio that you fall in love with, and all of a sudden, it’s playing everywhere you go. Every time you’re in the car, entering the shops or hitting shuffle on your Spotify playlist - the song seems to come on. This is because it is front of mind, we know it, we are familiar with it, and thus, our brain is wired to continue to listen out for it.
It is the same when we look at our own reflection. When it comes to looking in the mirror, we are experts at focusing on the same thing. And for most of us, we often distort that image in the mirror 30-40% to the negative. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Dove’s research into body image and self-esteem reported that 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful, but do not see their own beauty. And a further 54% of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look; they are their own worst beauty critic.
In my previous blog for Everyday Lingerie Co, I touched on WHY confidence is important.
And I think more, now than ever, we recognise that we all deserve to feel confident and beautiful, just the way we are. As a stylist, my job is to help my clients see their beauty and feel confident. But that is often easier said than done. It’s funny how we spend so many years in school and the education system, yet no one ever teaches you how to really love yourself...
But here’s some tips I’ve learnt through my client’s stories and my own personal experience with negative body image on how to start loving your reflection...
We only get one life, and yet, for many of us, we waste it focusing on the things that we perceive as flaws when we look in the mirror. And that kind of mindset is the one that haunts us every day, in everything we do. If you’re ok with that kind of life, cool. But I can tell you right now that life on the other side - a life where you like the person staring back at you in the mirror, is far more exciting and fulfilling. You should try it sometime...
To learn more about Claire Jensen and her world of styling follow her at @Clairejensenstyle on Instagram or visit her website www.clairejensenstyle.com
Don't forget to check out Claire's previous blog article for ELC, Why is confidence important?
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