How a Style Challenge Could Help Reduce Your Social Anxiety
Have you ever heard of a style challenge? I hadn’t either until just recently, but it’s an excellent way to improve your confidence about your wardrobe if you have social anxiety. It’s kind of like going on a diet for your wardrobe (in a good way).
I decided to give it a whirl and sign up for the Fall 2019 Capsule Wardrobe Style Challenge from Get Your Pretty On (GYPO). The challenge has already started, but you can still sign up if you’d like to join in! And if you’re reading this at a later date, GYPO has seasonal challenges throughout the year, so there will always be one you can sign up for.
GYPO was created by Alison Lumbatis, who was interested in helping women who had for one reason or another lost confidence in their clothing or appearance. The challenge is designed to help you create a capsule wardrobe for the season that you are in, that allows you to get more use out of fewer clothes.
I can honestly say that since signing up, I can see that this is true! We are all making this way more complicated than it needs to be. You don’t need a closet full of clothes, you just need the right things that will coordinate with each other.
I actually plan on getting rid of a lot of my clothes, since the capsule wardrobe uses so few. And if this all sounds a little scary, don’t worry! I know nothing about fashion, and I’m figuring it out. You don’t need to go out and buy a whole bunch of stuff right away. In fact, you’ll probably find that a lot of what you need you already have—you just aren’t using it in the right way. (That was true for me).
Getting back to how a style challenge could help with your social anxiety, let’s consider some of the potential benefits of a style challenge in terms of your confidence and mental well-being.
Fewer Choices to Make
If you are like me, choosing what clothes to wear in the morning can be not only overwhelming but leave you lacking confidence in what you chose. With a style challenge, all of these decisions are made for you. All you need to do is plan a bit in advance to make sure you have the right items, and then consult your calendar each day to see what to wear.
Compliments From Others
I haven’t been doing the challenge long enough yet to experience this, but I’ve read stories from other bloggers who received compliments on their outfits after they started the style challenge. You’ll be wearing clothing that coordinates, that’s in style, and that makes you look put together—so it’s not surprising that others might notice and let you know you look good.
Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you have a tendency to wear the same types of clothes all the time and don’t leave your comfort zone much in terms of your appearance, a style challenge could change all that. With a style challenge, the decisions are all made for you. You don’t have to question whether what you are wearing looks good (which often happens when you wear something outside your comfort zone). Instead, you just have to ease into wearing something different.
A Routine for Down Days
Many people with social anxiety also live with depression. If there are days when you feel down, like not getting out of bed, or like not even getting dressed, participating in a style challenge will give you structure on those days to make sure that you’re still getting up, showering, and putting on your outfit. If you really want to hold yourself accountable, you can also post pictures of your outfits to the private Facebook group. The members are all lovely and will give you positive feedback.
A Supportive Community
As I mentioned, there’s a private Facebook group for the challenge where you can post your outfits, ask for feedback, and ask for help finding certain items. So far, I’ve noticed that the main benefit of the group is seeing what other’s have chosen and how it could work for you. For that reason, I’m going slow and not buying too much until I’ve had a chance to see what other people really like.
Giving Back to Others
Finally, if you like the idea of giving back to others, through their “Pretty Strong” program, GYPO also offers free style challenges to women with cancer undergoing or having finished chemotherapy or reconstruction surgery.
What’s in the fall style challenge capsule wardrobe? If you want to know, you’ll need to sign up. However, I can tell you that this is what’s on my shopping list:
- 6 pairs of pants
- 10 tops
- 5 shoes/boots
- 3 jackets
- 1 dress
- 3 purses
- 8 accessories
I’m setting myself a goal to spend as little as possible on these items by shopping my closet and then going to thrift stores. I’ll be sure to update this post once I know what my final cost was. I’d love to know what you find too!
What do you think? Would you take part in a style challenge? If you have any questions, just let me know! I’m sure I’ll be taking part in more challenges after the Fall 2019 season, and I might even post some outfits to Instagram.