Sometimes, what you need is a confidence boost. There are all sorts of different strategies you can use to increase your confidence, but sometimes, it can simply be a case of making small changes to your clothing habits to make a big difference to your confidence levels.

In this post, we’ll be looking at how you can dress for success — and list some clothing habits that are guaranteed to boost your confidence. Read on for fashion inspiration that will help you to look and feel like the confident person you want to be.

Wear clothes that fit you properly

When it comes to dressing for success, there is nothing worse that restricting yourself to a particular size of clothing because that is “your size” and you couldn’t possibly think of going a size up.

Honestly, it is completely up to you which clothes size you wear, and this is no reflection on the size or shape of your body. In fact, sizes can vary hugely from store to store — and while you may be a 6 in some stores, you could be a 10 in others. Clothes can even vary in the same store, so don’t let a number on a label dictate what you wear.

You don’t want to struggle to squeeze into that pencil skirt in the morning and spent the rest of the day sucking in your breathe because you’re worried that people will realize that your stomach isn’t flat. Just find clothes that fit you well — aren’t too tight, and don’t fall off your shoulders — regardless of size, and you’ll find that you already feel happier and more confident. It really is as simple as that.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of help

No, we’re absolutely not talking about diet pills or slimming shakes. We’re talking about the stuff you can wear under your outfit to help you feel more comfortable and confident throughout the day.

What you wear underneath your clothes can have a huge impact on how you feel.

That’s why it’s so important to get underwear that fits you well, as well as makes you feel confident and comfortable. For example, making sure you’re wearing the right size bra can make the world of difference.

And there are a whole range of options for your bottom half, especially if you want to feel more secured and smoothe out any lumps and bumps.

There are seamless suck-in panties, structured tights, and anti chafing shorts (perfect for hot summer days when you’re feeling sweaty and your thighs are rubbing). Thanks to the rise of female-run, female-centric brands, there is an abundance of helpful moisture-wicking underwear styles available that can help you to feel cool and breezy on even the hottest of days.

Dress for the occasion

We’re not saying that you should “dress for the job you want to have, not the job you have” or anything like that. Trust us, that can lead to all sorts of fashion mishaps and misguided outfit choices (not to mention an astronaut suit is totally not appropriate for a desk job).

It’s important to dress for the occasion. Think about the event you’re attending. Is it smart? Is it casual? Are you meeting a friend for coffee or attending a wedding? Power-dressing for an important meeting?

Wearing clothes suitable for your environment will make you feel much more comfortable, and boost your confidence; you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ve read the situation correctly and dressed appropriately.

And if in doubt (or you’re not given a dress code), level up when it comes to formality — you don’t want to be caught out wearing jeans when everyone else is wearing dresses and smart suits. Something like a midi-skirt and a simple blouse or a summer dress with accessories can cover your bases on a whole load of different social scenarios. Sorted.

Find a balance between current trends and clothes that suit you

Fashion is a double-edged sword; it can make you feel cool and confident wearing the latest designs and on-trend outfits. However, fashion is fickle, and it’s not always easy to find trends each season that suit your style and body type.

Sometimes it’s best to go for a more classic, timeless style that you will feel more comfortable in than to squeeze into the latest fashion trend that you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable wearing. This will only have a detrimental effect on your mindset, and make you feel awkward.

The beauty of fashion is that there are always so many different trends that appear each season that you can pick and choose what you want to add to your wardrobe, without having to sacrifice your comfort. Pick pieces that boost your confidence and happiness levels, and you’ll easily feel like you’re dressed for success.

Follow these clothing habits, and you’re guaranteed to boost your confidence this summer.