Why what you wear can impact your wellbeing
-Jun 10, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
We know diet, exercise and mindfulness can all make a big difference to our wellbeing but did you ever stop to think about how the clothes on your back can impact it too? Super stylish Goldie magazine editor and founder of wearingwellbeing.com Rebecca Weef tells Lumity why you shouldn’t feel vain for investing time and effort into your wardrobe choices because it could be good for your health as well as your fashion credentials.
Rebecca – now in her mid 50s – insists though that no matter your age, your style or your budget, clothing can nourish you physically and mentally.
It’s not about self interest’
“We can utilize creating our own identity whether it’s through clothes or makeup or hair to generate wellbeing not only for ourselves but also for others,” says Rebecca, who after a long and successful career in fashion earned herself a Masters in Positive Psychology in her early 50s.
“It’s not about self-interest,” she tells Lumity. “Yes, wearing something we like makes us feel better but how many times do we walk down the street and see someone who looks great and it makes us smile? That micro connection that we have with that individual has a direct correlation on our vagus nerve which goes from our brain to our heart. All of those little positive moments change us physiologically as well as psychologically. It’s big stuff!”
‘Clothes make me happy’
She even wrote her dissertation on the subject and was later published too: “All I could think was that clothes make me happy, I’m not the only person that can be the case for. I decided to combine positive psychology and fashion. That was how I came to combine all the experiences I have had.”
Rebecca says she always loved fashion but was particularly inspired by the older generation when she was a teenager.
“I will never forget my first Saturday job as 14-year-old in a boutique in Kensington,” Rebecca recalls.
‘I always wanted to be a grown up’
“I loved it. It was at the end of the 70s and at that time fashion was very inspirational and very age diverse and actually I was a junior sales girl in a boutique which was full of older women all looking fabulous.
“Because of that I always wanted to be a grown up. To me it looked like that was when you got to wear amazing clothes.”
‘Fashion isn’t shallow’
And she’s still adamant that no matter how old you are making time for fashion shouldn’t be a sin.
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“We think of fashion as being shallow but it’s not,” adds Rebecca. “It’s one of the most intimate daily moments we have. It’s a time to connect with ourselves, our creative side and other people and that shouldn’t be frowned upon, it should be embraced.”