Can fashion boost your positive energy? Turns out taking that extra five minutes to get ready in the morning could make a huge difference in the level of energy, confidence, and happiness you feel throughout your day. There are numerous studies that reveal what we wear has more to do with how we feel than we might think. In a nutshell, having style can be good for your health and your outlook.
Personally, I’ve had a love for fashion as long as I can remember, and a strong belief that personal style can enhance our joy and wellness. When I was 12, I would buy issues of Vogue with my allowance and hide away in my room examining every page and reading every article. Still reading it more than 30 years later, and had the amazing opportunity to speak at their 2011 Fashion’s Night Out event in Los Angeles along side (then) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Now, you can even find fashion designed specifically to have a positive impact on your quality of life. If you know me, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of jewelry and in particular bracelets. I specifically like any with some sort of charm, like an anchor (a sailor’s emblem) or something like that, but I am down for almost any bracelet because I love how they can accessorize and change an outfit. Around the time of my book launch, I received the opportunity to try out the new (gorgeous!) Horizon bracelet and Sleep bracelet from watchmaker Philip Stein (their watches are some of Oprah’s favorites). Each bracelet features a Natural Frequency Disc that’s said to reduce stress, increase focus, and improve overall wellbeing. This fascinating video on their website explains the technology.
First, I tried the Horizon bracelet. I honestly forgot I had it on, as I was pretty busy on the day I first wore it. Until, I started getting compliments on it from nearly everyone I came in contact with! I wasn’t sure if the great energy I felt that day actually came directly from the bracelet itself, or from all the compliments (plus, I felt particularly cute that day with my new fall outfit), so I decided to wear it every day for an entire week. Even on the quieter days when I was writing or working on creative projects, I seemed to have elevated energy. Plus, to be honest, it felt nice to look down and see something beautiful on my wrist, so it was a win-win.
Next, I did the same with the Sleep bracelet, wearing it every night for a week. I must admit, I’m a person who doesn’t really like to have anything more than a tee shirt on when I’m sleeping, but for better sleep, I’ll try almost anything. I did seem to sleep peacefully all week — which is somewhat unusual for me (I normally have at least one night a week of feeling like this dog). And, I can honestly say that wearing it didn’t bother me at all.
So, if you’re looking to add something new to your accessories wardrobe that might contribute to your life in new ways, Philip Stein’s bracelets are a great choice.
For more on how fashion can affect your happiness and wellbeing, you can check out this article in Readers Digest, 10 Unexpected Ways Your Clothes Can Change Your Mood.
Wishing you all a beautiful (and stylish!) fall! xo
Special thanks to Philip Stein for the opportunity to try out and write about their beautiful products.