5 Every Day Mantras To Boost Your Self-Esteem | Clozette

No matter where we may be in life, the desire to fit-in will never really go away. In a society oversaturated with images of perfection, it’s only natural that we seek a sense of approval or acceptance from the people around us.

What’s saddening is that with this kind of environment that puts so much emphasis on living a perfect life, women strive so hard to develop a façade that makes them seem so flawless and ideal; but deep within these walls are immeasurable insecurities and destructive fears. They cultivate the false belief that pleasing everyone and fitting into the cookie-cutter image of what a perfect woman should be is the ultimate goal in life.

If you’re struggling with the same dilemma, it’s time to open your eyes and realize in your heart who you really with these five mantras. Eventually, we hope that you learn to move past the need to be ideal and just live a life guided by your own terms. 


Pursue your passion

Don’t choose convenience over contentment. If you’re unhappy with your current job, then leave. If you’ve been dying to be an art major, then tell your parents you don’t want to be a doctor. Why? Because regrets are crippling.

Living a life full of what ifs and maybes is a lot worse than not taking that one risky step to live your dream. The only way to liberate yourself from doubt is to do that one thing that makes life the happiest place on earth: your passion.
You’re worth more than a few likes

With all these social networking sites spreading like wild fire, women have slowly forgotten that they’re worth more than liked-Tweets, hearts on Instagram, and Snapchat views. Remind yourself that you are a priceless gem your parents have thrived to keep and protect and that you deserve nothing but the best. Why settle for people who base your worth on your virtual reputation when you have the capability and chance to be with people who truly knows your value?

Be your #1 fan

You don’t need to please others and hear them praise you because the only person you should be trying to prove wrong is yourself. Prove that you can pass that final thesis defense and run that 21K marathon. If you put your heart and mind in what you do, anything is possible. If you believe so much in other people’s capabilities, then why not believe in yourself?

Take the next step

Failed the English test? Study harder. Don’t know how to use photoshop? Take photoshop classes. Don’t be a prisoner of failure and rejections. Instead of wasting hours worrying about your flaws and what went wrong, find ways to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Living in fear won’t do anything except hold you back from molding the best version of yourself.

Initiate change

Despite all the obsession around the pursuit to become the next internet sensation or having the most number of followers on social media, choose instead to be the hero. Deviate from envies and live by compassion and kindness. When you radiate positivity, it influences others. Don’t look for what you don’t have. Instead, appreciate what you do have and help the world become a better place with one deed at a time. Remember, contentment is the first step in living a full and happy life. 


Have experiences that really impacted your self-esteem? Share them with us in the comments below.


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Walking into the office sporting your best power dressing OOTD is exciting. Your demeanour and outfit makes you appear strong and independent, capable of achieving your dreams.

However, when you’re a working girl, the struggle of waking up early in the morning just to plan your day’s outfit is real. You want to be able to show off your personality, without looking over-the-top, or like you didn’t put in any effort at all, right?

So if you’re stuck in rut trying to figure out how to plan your next “work-fit”, here are our 4 tips on how to choose the perfect looks without having to sacrifice your beauty rest!


Plan ahead of time

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Extend your beauty sleep on weekdays by planning your outfits ahead of time! You can hang them in your closet in a chronological order, so this way, you won’t be rushing every morning and you’ll wake up calm and relaxed.

Take note of your office's dress code

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Working in a place without uniforms is an opportunity to bring out your personality. But you should always remember to take note of your office’s dress code when planning your ensembles. You can use it as a guide to avoid looking “inappropriate,” and if you’re having trouble putting your outfits together, you can always go with neutrals as they’re safe colours that still look sophisticated and elegant!

Put a twist to your look

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Forget about a typical pantsuit and rock a denim one instead! It will instantly make you look chic and professional, but with a youthful and modern twist.

Add a personal touch

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To give your “work-fits” more oomph, try adding personal touches to your look such as bright heels or bold accessories or rocking different prints together. There are numerous ways on how you can make your outfit look unique, so just trust your instincts, go for it, and confidently flaunt it!


Got any more tips on how to keep your work outfits on top of their game? Share them with us below, and don’t forget to snap and share them with the Community too!


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Last Thursday, 7th July 2016, the Grand Marriott Ballroom was packed with fashion enthusiasts and lovers, designers, editors, and international buyers for the first ever Fashion Exchange International.

With the goal of promoting and selling ready-to-wear fashion labels for distribution overseas, its four partners, Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, Robby Carmona, Valerie Lim, and Henry Chan all saw an opportunity to connect local talent to the international audience by creating this fashion marketing and brand management platform.

By partnering with Samsung Electronics, it enabled and encouraged the audience to capture their chic experiences, as well as see and understand what it takes for a product to go from “raw” to “rack”! Plus, in addition to homegrown talents such as Rosenthal Tee, Proudrace, Aranaz, and the like showing off their best pieces, a stellar lineup of Filipino fashion designers also showcased their latest collections. 

So keep reading below to check out some of Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico’s latest pieces, as well as their inspirations behind each collection!


Ivarluski Aseron

“I found The Broad museum a fascinating and mesmerising sight during a recent trip…as a fashion designer, I hoped to translate those architectural details to my collection. By employing tailoring techniques with a straightforward palette, I evoked the museum’s qualities – a piece of art that captures your attention from afar, and when you get up close, you can better appreciate its beauty.” - Ivarluski Aseron

Rajo Laurel

“The collection that I am showing for Fashion Exchange is called ‘Magpie+Memphis’. It's really based on my memory as a teenager. I wanted to capture that sense of wonder, abandonment, courage, and joy...[with] the music of the New Wave as the starting point for the collection…This is, in a way, a personal fragmented walk down memory lane, answering questions like why I do what I do and what I love about it.The fusion of all these memories and emotions is what the collection is all about." - Rajo Laurel

Francis Libiran

“The collection that I created for Fashion Exchange International makes use of my signature Art Deco detail. I drew inspiration from my fascination for lines and structures. Being true to my design aesthetics, my creative team and I designed a collection of wearable art pieces through different detailing techniques such as embroidery, laser-cutting, custom felt appliqué, digital printing, and quilting.” - Francis Libiran

Dennis Lustico

“The Japanese culture is an endless well of inspiration...The colours and textures are often unexpected and seemingly random, but their manner of putting the elements together still results in a harmoniously beautiful creation…With that as my inspiration, I used hand-applied beads, sequins, and embellishments in my collection; together with a mix of fabrics (such as thick mesh, medium-weight satins, lamé) and techniques (like beading, cutouts, layering).” - Dennis Lustico


Want to know more about the designers and brands that showcased their collections at Fashion Exchange International? Then click here to find out more!