Mirror, mirror... Do appearances play a big role?

Appearance plays a big role in our lives, and with the proliferation of selfies, the time we spend critiquing ourselves has increased

Mimi Raad
Mimi Raad - Mimi Raad, Special to Al Arabiya News
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Have you ever had a day in which you did not check yourself out in the mirror, or glimpse yourself in a reflective surface? Doubtful. Appearance plays a big role in our lives, and with the proliferation of selfies, the time we spend studying, comparing and critiquing ourselves has increased.

Is it possible to detach our appearance from our self-esteem? One woman tried. Dr. Kjerstin Gruys went without mirrors for a year. According to her book “Mirror, Mirror Off The Wall,” she managed to separate her looks from her self-esteem, and believed this was probably the most powerful secret to feeling beautiful.

A couple of years ago, we had the skinny mirror, which made us look slimmer. Then it was the truth mirror, the smartphone app that lets you see yourself as others see you. Now technology uses mirrors in changing rooms to help clients visualize themselves in different looks without the hassle of trying on clothes. Mirrors are also combined with a camera that allow for a delay, so you can watch yourself in the mirror then share the footage via email, Twitter or Instagram for feedback.

In Feng Shui, it is recommended never to place a mirror at the bottom of the stairs for fear of cutting off heads and feet, or hanging one opposite the front door because it pushes the energy out of the door.

And to manage your energy, positive vibes and closet I suggest to consider seriously these figures for a less traumatizing experience in front of mirror and for a flawless reflection.

Here are some tips that will make your mirror experience less traumatizing.

25 percent of your wardrobe should be trendy pieces. Do not overspend on them unless you see them becoming wardrobe staples.

20 percent should be coats and jackets. Invest in a good cut and classic shapes.

15 percent should be simple dresses in classic colors. The shift dress is a great example.

10 percent should be denim. Do not overstock your wardrobe with jeans you will not wear. Always have straight, skinny or elegantly flared denim. The loose boyfriend and denim jacket are essentials too.

15 percent should be basics: a plain white or grey t-shirt, a sweatshirt with an urban touch jumper, a Breton-striped top.

10 percent should be tailored pieces: the right suit for your body shape, pencil skirt, perfect blazer, tailored shirt (plain or embellished) with a Peter Pan collar or a pussy bow.

5 percent should be party clothes: a killer dress with studs, sparkle, a statement pair of stilettos.

These items will ensure a timeless wardrobe with enough combinations for day and night.

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