As a small independent business made in the UK, we believe it is more important than ever to support other independent local businesses. We wanted to share with you one of our Battersea friends & neighbours, Libby London, a female founded British fashion brand who for 10 years have manufactured their collections in the UK. A transparent, low carbon footprint brand which offers high-quality products, confidence-boosting fits & mood-enhancing colours.
How to define self-esteem & why is it important?
Self-esteem can be defined as an individual's subjective evaluation of their own worth. High self-esteem is attainable to everyone, and when achieved, it allows us to feel good about ourselves and have a high quality of life. There is also a correlation between high self-esteem and personal and professional success. Many sociologists believe that self-esteem is a two-way street; although coming from within, it is mostly influenced by the world around us. As psychologist Suzanne Roff, Ph.D. said, “Self-confidence doesn't exist in a vacuum.” Much like our day-to-day lives and relationships, self-esteem is ever-changing and therefore needs to be worked on every day.
How can clothing help?
Self-esteem can be raised through ‘inner work’, such as therapy and coaching, however, a quicker, external approach is to alter the way you dress. Libby Hart, founder of British womenswear brand Libby London, is a master of boosting self-esteem through clothing; flattering fits and mood-enhancing colours are at the core of her collections. Following a successful career in business finance, Hart founded Libby London due to the lack of brands catering to the needs and lifestyles of modern career women; she had struggled to find clothes that weren’t too tight, too short or too dull.
Libby London’s office appropriate collections prove that you can look professional and be taken seriously whilst wearing vibrant colours and patterns; we spend too much of our lives working to not wear colourful clothes at work.
Revisit your wardrobe & boost your confidence
To work out if your wardrobe is dampening your self-esteem, start by asking yourself these simple questions:
- Do you wear vibrant colours on a day-to-day basis?
- Do your clothes emphasise your strengths?
- Do your clothes instantly boost your mood when you put them on?
If you answered no to any of these then your self-esteem could benefit from a wardrobe revamp. “We design ‘from the end’ so to speak. Most designers start with mood boards, but we start with the needs of women and then incorporate current trends,” says Hart. These wardrobe ‘needs’ include stamina, versatility and reliability, all of which Libby London expertly caters to with highly considered colour and fit. With this all covered, working women can navigate their busy schedules feeling comfortable, polished and powerful all at the same time.
Libby London’s collection is designed in London at the Battersea studio, which is also where rigorous product testing is carried out. Every design is resampled, tweaked and re-fitted numerous times until it fits confidently and flatters impeccably. Libby London’s seasonal colour palette is chosen based on psychological impact; the new AW20 collection comprises warm greens, purples and blues, all of which send calming, compassionate and optimistic messages to the brain.
Get 15% OFF Libby London’s luxurious, mood-boosting collections at libbylondon.com using code NOURISH at checkout. Code expires 8th October 2020.