Lye on your bed crying until someone shakes some sense into you so you'll attend the event because "you're beautiful no matter what you wear" and you end up (a) drinking to stop thinking about it or (b) don't drink a sip of liquid due to fear of bloating
Decline invites or back out
I throw one of my go-to outfits on. I'm sure it's been seen before, but it is tried and true. The only worry I'd have is that someone remembers I wore it to the last event.
You have your moments of frustration and doubt, but, for the most part, you understand what styles and colors look best on you. You may not veer too far from your proven styles, but with just the right mix of curiosity or encouragement, you're confident enough to try a new look.
Remember to have a seamstress on speed dial, wear at least 10 items (the number of clothing items and accessories = 10), and wear color near your face. You may think black makes you look slimmer, but it also highlights those wrinkles and grays out your skintone.
You would make a great advocate in the RIDME community by helping guide others to achieve confidence in their clothing. Download the RIDME app and start playing fashion stylist to experience how much joy it brings you!
You've had the same clothes for years. It takes you five minutes of backtracking to determine if this is the same thing you wore the last time you hung out with this person(s). You have better things to do than worry about clothes, but you sure aren't excited about getting dressed.
You need to take time to play in your closet. Conduct a wardrobe evaluation to determine what you should get rid of, what should be replaced, and what are the 3-5 key items you may need to purchase to jazz things up a bit. Once the wardrobe evolution is complete, look through magazines and see what looks interest you
Take 2 hours one week and mix and match clothes you already own to achieve a similar look that works for your body type. Add accessories and create shoe options. Tip: Take photos to reference quickly when opportunity strikes.
Using the RIDME app will help you determine if you should step out of the house in your newly created ensemble. It's safe and fun. You can tweak an outfit as many times as you want until you achieve 5 stars. The RIDME community loves giving feedback!
You watch the trends roll past you in magazines, advertisements, and in store windows. If you can simply buy exactly what the mannequin is wearing, you feel confident. However, most of the stores lack whole looks anymore and you really need an associate to help you determine the sizes you need, but there are no associates to be found.
The thought of adding accessories and the right shoe to this ensemble is enough to send you straight back to the proven, but boring, outfits you've worn for the past year. Taking two hours to "play" in your closet sounds as fun as a root canal. Just because you've kept these clothes for years, and know exactly where they hang in your closet, does not mean you know how to wear them 2 or 3 ways.
If someone could just confirm what colors look best on you, what style of shoe goes with which style of pant, if the neckline warrants a long earring or a necklace. You need RIDME. It's fun and encouraging and, let's be honest, a little addicting.
Christmas parties, weddings, dinner engagements, trips: these events can quite literally send you spiraling into darkness. Your loved ones are unsure how to console you. There's nothing anyone can say that will help.
It might be more of a weekly occurrence, not just experienced before an event. You may dread getting out of bed. You contemplate calling in sick.
You are not alone. Women experience wardrobe panic, on average, 36 times per year... that is more than once every two weeks. It is nothing to scoff at. It is real.
RIDME can help. RIDME was created by a fashion designer turned Image Consultant who works 1on1 with hundreds of clients, all shapes. sizes, and ages, in closets of equally varying diversity. The RIDME community experiences the same challenges and are eager to find and help others develop a healthy relationship with their clothing. We are all looking to enjoy getting dressed again.