You already know I’m an introvert, but I’m also a recovering shy girl. And no, they’re not the same thing!
Introverts get their energy from time alone, and interacting with tons of people leaves them feeling depleted. But shy people–who can be introverts or extroverts–fear being judged negatively by others.
Shyness can present a bit of a fashion problem: what do you do when you want to look nice, but then again, you don’t want people to look at you at all! And you really don’t want anyone to think ill of your appearance!
Here are some ways to work around the Shy Fashion Paradox:
1. Dress comfortably. You’ll be uncomfortable if you’re self-conscious. You will be self-conscious if you are wearing anything too short/flashy/tight/revealing. Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothe (and your shoes).
If you’re comfortable in your clothes, and confident they fit well, you’re free to think about other things than your appearance.
2. Choose undergarments with care. This may sound silly, but I’m not kidding! You’ll be much more comfortable if your bra fits well and you’re not worried about panty lines.
3. Stick to basics, plus personalized accessories. Simple standards–like a white tee and dark denim–look very nice without crying out for attention, and they’re easy to accessorize with pieces that are as loud–or quiet–as you choose.
4. When in doubt, err on the side of Classic. You’ll be more confident in a timeless choice than something that’s aggressively trend-setting. This goes for clothing, shoes, and hair.
5. Wear what makes you happy. You get to choose your clothes, so pick what you want to spend all day wearing!
Are you shy when it comes to fashion?