It may be the college girl still in me, but I love a good oversized sweater, sweatshirt or sorority t-shirt (ring ching!!!). Putting on this outfit I just felt like me. It’s an outfit of staples–easy clothes that I can run around town in and still look nice. I think it’s important to step out of your fashion comfort zone sometimes, but I also think it’s important to know what outfits you can put on and immediately feel like yourself.
Things that make you feel like you are the most valuable things in the world. Do you know what I’m talking about? Think about your best friend and the whole wide world. The one you can say anything to. You know that feeling of being utterly yourself with that person? That’s what I’m talking about–feeling totally comfortable in your skin. That’s what clothes can do for you. You just have to know what those staples are in your life.
I know that throw and go dresses, my favorite old sweatpants, grey crewneck sweatshirts, ballet pumps, my Barbour, A-line skirts and striped shirts will help me be more me when I’m wearing them. I think being confident and comfortable in your skin go hand-in-hand. I’m at my most confident and comfortable when I’m not worried about what others think. Times where I am most “me” reminds me of nights in Pi Phi. Listen, I would literally kill to spend one more night at Pi Phi with Katie, Brooklyn, Annie and Jess. Lounging around in our oversized Pi Phi shirts in a house that means more to me than many will ever understand.
Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to compare yourself and wish your life, body, relationship status or career was different. Instagram is a highlight reel, people. Instead of scrolling social media looking at people living, go live your own life. Go find those friends, places and experiences that make your heart sing because you are being totally yourself.
Like I talked about earlier this week, finding a social life as a post grad has been a prayerful adventure. This is no different. The Lord will show you passions you never knew you had and He can show you how to use these passions to grow His kingdom. Because I was able to be my true self in Pi Phi–man, I love that organization–I was able to have conversations under that roof about Christ with Pi Phi sisters who are nonbelievers. I felt emboldened by that level of comfort.
I’ve found that the more I find things that make me feel like me, the more I fall in love with Christ. He made all of us so different. All billions of us! He could have copied and pasted, but He didn’t. Knowing that I have a heart and mind so excited by a unique combination of people, places, organizations, ideas and memories overwhelms me with love and awe. That is so cool!! Isn’t it?
Friend, if you need to hear this, here it is: You are worth knowing for who you truly are. You don’t have to act like the person you think everyone wants you to be. So, go throw on that outfit that is like a second skin and be the person God created you to be.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.