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Confidence-Boosting Tips From "What Not to Wear" Fashion Guru Stacy London


Unleash your inner confidence with London's attitude-adjusting tips. (Photo courtesy of AbbVie)


Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

No matter how good you know your butt actually looks in those yoga pants, we all have days when our confidence seems to disappear. Stacy London, stylist and co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” deals daily with body-image issues—onscreen and off. After being diagnosed with psoriasis when she was four years old—a chronic, autoimmune condition that appears as thick, flaky red skin patches— and spending her life trying to overcome feelings of helplessness, London has launched the “Uncover Your Confidence” campaign to empower others to do just that. “I’ve had to learn that psoriasis is just a part of me, not all of me,” says London. Read on to see how she keeps those bad hair/skin/mood days from crushing her cool.

Fake it ‘til you make it. “I’ve always believed that style is associated with self-esteem,” explains London. Regardless of your confidence-killing condition, “it’s about not letting it own you,” she says. “You get to take control again.”

Take baby steps. “That sense of hopelessness; that sense of resignation, really does pervade so much of women’s health,” says London. “When you feel like you’re spiraling and can’t take control, it’s about the little baby steps; finding something that puts a little kick in your step.” If you’re dealing with a skin condition, finding the right dermatologist is one way to regain control, explains London. "Learning about colors that look better on ruddy skin when you suffer from psoriasis is a fashion-forward step toward feeling more confident and in control." 

Get inspired to sweat. “Being healthy and active is so important not only for your physical health, but your mental health, too,” London says. “Music is really important to [my fitness regime]. I’ve been going to a trainer in a communal gym, and I insist that they play electronic dance music, or I can’t get into it. Everyone’s gotta be dancing to Swedish House Mafia during the set or it doesn’t happen.” Reboot your workout by downloading an energizing, get-up-and-move playlist.

Look good to feel good. “Whether you’re unhappy with your weight or, like me, with your skin, find an item of clothing that makes you feel good about yourself,” explains London. “If you walk around dressing like you look resigned, it only feeds the problem; it doesn’t solve it.” You don’t have to sacrifice fashion for fitness—look for the right workout clothes for your body type to look hot even when you feel, well, totally not.

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