As women, we have so many outside influences telling us to feel beautiful right after feeding us idea after idea about how we should constantly change ourselves. Another aspect many attempts at body positivity don’t consider is that beauty is subjective and often personal and unique to each individual. Here at DressHaute, our goal is helping women feel more beautiful, so we must ask this question: What does “beauty” mean to you?
The answers many would give range from physical aspects of the body or fashion to more philosophical approaches. For myself, I would summarize my definition as overall contentment in oneself. While it would be amazing for us all to feel 100% enthusiastic and positive about ourselves 24/7, that approach is not always attainable for many women across all walks of life. We all have our insecurities, and some attempts at body positivity ignore that and end up alienating women instead of empowering them.
A more attainable approach would be wanting to be at peace with where you are now, even if you’re not always happy. It’d create a healthier relationship with fashion, for starters. When was the last time you bought something just because you liked the piece and not because you were chasing an ideal version of yourself? For many of us, that answer is a lot further back than we would like to admit. Maybe it’s time that we step back and appreciate who we are in its entirety and just have fun with fashion again.
Share your thoughts with us! What is beauty to you, and when was the last time you felt beautiful?
- Alysha ♡