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It’s important to note that as society moves forward and style along with it, no longer do we need to conform to all the boxes we have been told are most appropriate for our appearance. Gone are the days that I feel the need to wear tights or pantyhose. I remember as a child that it was an imperative part of every dress wardrobe. Not to say that on special occasions that I haven’t donned some adorable sparkly hoses. But as is evidenced by how the youth of today enjoys experimenting with makeup and alternative styles, it’s true to say that if you wish to do something a little different, you should feel confident enough to with so many new appearance norms.
But exactly what does this mean for those who are hoping to reclaim their confidence, and understand what those norms are for their individual personality? Well, to start with, it’s true that everything will likely conform to your own taste first. That’s how our most confident aesthetic decisions are made. From there, however, it’s true to know just what your options are, and to understand just what you needn’t feel shame for as you might have been told in the past.
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This can help us unlock the door to how we would like to express ourselves, not how people believe we should mold our habits. To that end, we would warmly recommend some of the following advice:
Hair Care & Wigs
It’s important to note that hair care and wearing wigs is at an all time high. This is because awareness around bleaching damage and stigma around less-than-perfect hair are starting to increase and decrease respectively. Additionally, even those who may have perfect hair may wish to curate a beautiful collection of wigs from the best wig store to change up their style each day, as emphasized by stylish artists such as Rico Nasty and Doja Cat. Plus, it’s fun to change up a look with a cute wig. The more we can reflect new confidence in the style we wish for, no matter how that is applied, the better we can feel.
Stigma & Surgeries
While it’s true that cosmetic surgery is a hot button topic for many people, it’s also true that the stigma around small procedures or little changes is reduced. For instance, it’s not uncommon for people to seek slight repair for a cleft lip, or to hide burned skin with light skin grafts. Thankfully, while surgery can be abused, light adjustments or healthy confidence-building approaches are becoming more and more normalized as well as an understanding of celebrating our natural beauty in the first place. Plus, major cosmetic surgery has been on the rise for decades. According to the ASPA there were 14.5 million cosmetic surgeries in the US in 2017(https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2017/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2017.pdf). Considering the population in 2017 was 325 million that means in one year 4.5% of the population had cosmetic surgery. So if you are in a room with 20 people, chances are one of those people has had cosmetic surgery.(PS I’d be one of those people and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!)
Of course, we all have a choice regarding how we may wish to decorate our bodies. However, various piercings and tattoo are starting to become the norm more and more. It is no longer odd to see someone with their entire body covered in tattoos, or trying a new piercing with a certain outfit, or trying more alternative looks. Whatever makes you happy (and isn’t indecent such as nudity outside a nudist colony) should feel encouraged, and we should never feel as though we have a required mold to fit in. We can thank these new appearance norms for giving us these perspectives, and the more we can feel comfortable no matter what selection we choose.