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Why you are worthy of looking beautiful


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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 08/26/21

Even when life is busy, you are worth the time and effort it takes to look and feel your best.

Even if you enjoy cultivating your personal style, it’s easy to let this fall by the wayside during busy seasons of life. But it’s worth it to wear your favorite outfits and spend time on your appearance, even when life is demanding. You’ll never regret the way this makes you feel—beautiful.

There are so many reasons life can feel hectic. Perhaps you’re a student with a packed schedule, or you’re working the night shift and feel exhausted, or you’re a happy but sleepy new mama. It might feel as though neglecting to take care of yourself is the easiest approach in this phase.

But even in these seasons, you are worth the time and effort it takes to feel your best. This effort doesn’t necessarily refer to the clothing you wear. It might mean taking the time to do your skincare routine every night, or going to bed early even though there’s more work to do (there’s always more work to do!), or grabbing an engaging book instead of scrolling Instagram before bed. 

That said, wearing clothing you love can help a lot, too. Even if you’re not leaving your house, dressing in something that makes you feel confident and beautiful can actually increase your productivity:

“Researchers studying links between clothes, brain activity and productivity have long found that dressing up for work can improve your performance.”

It turns out that taking a few extra seconds to throw on jeans and a cute top instead of sweats brings a major boost of energy. Who knew?

Why you are truly worthy of wearing what makes you feel beautiful, even on ordinary days, is the subject of a gorgeous new book—and a growing movement. Style and beauty expert Nicole Caruso coined the phrase “worthy of wearing” to describe this mindset, which is deeply rooted in self-respect and personal dignity. Caruso said in an interview with Aleteia,

Worthy of Wearing is a message our culture deeply needs right now because we have lost sight of Who our worth comes from, and what price was paid for it. Worthy of Wearing is based on the undeniable truth that our worth comes from Christ. When we value ourselves as creations of God, and a temple of the Holy Spirit, we can treat ourselves with greater respect and honor our dignity. 

Her book, Worthy of Wearing, was recently released from Sophia Institute Press, and the elegant volume is deserving of its message. It’s filled with luminous photos, relatable personal stories, and helpful advice about personal style.

If you’d like some reminders of why you’re worthy of looking beautiful, enjoy these wonderful lines from Caruso’s book. Each one will inspire you to feel confident and positive about taking time to look your best. For lots more inspiration, check out Worthy of Wearing.

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