2. Dressing up improves my sense of self.
I used to dress up so others would think well of me. Now I dress up because of how well I think of myself. Yes, sweatpants are comfortable and UGG’s are convenient but they don’t exactly make me feel productive. When I first began this challenge, I lived in sneakers, tank tops and hoodies. I don’t anymore.
5. Stepping out of my comfort zone is life-changing.
And the biggest lesson in all of this so far? The personal growth I’ve experienced in pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I have taken chances, admitted that I didn’t know everything (that’s actually a big one for me), and I’ve asked myself to not give up no matter how silly this whole challenge has seemed. Whether the motivation is style or world peace, stepping outside of my comfort zone offers challenge and personal growth that I’m proud of.
For a lot of people I feel like "dressing up" and stepping out of their comfort zone go hand in hand. I think when I first started venturing out of my jeans & t-shirts uniform, it was certainly a big step out of my comfort zone. For one thing, you're setting yourself apart from the crowd. Especially in a college setting, which is where I was when I first embarked on my style adventure (as Betsy puts it), wearing something other than jeans, a tee, sneakers and sweats kind of sets you apart from everyone else. This can be a pretty intimidating place to be, especially if you tend towards the introverted side of the spectrum, which I for sure do.