Styling for Confidence

Do you know how some people have a special outfit that gives them confidence for important meetings? Maybe it’s a power pose or a mantra that pumps up your confidence levels. Me? I need to hear myself move. Boots that click against the concrete floor when I walk, and jewelry that clinks and jangles when I move. It makes me aware of my position in a room and somehow it gives me more confidence about what I am doing.

Last Halloween I dressed up as a witch. I chose the costume because I thought it would be the easiest costume to make with items already in my closet. Flowy Dark clothes – check. Lots and Lots of Jewelry – check. All I had to do was get crafty and make a cone hat.

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That day, in my low-heeled booties and layers of necklaces, I didn’t feel silly. I clicked through the store and jingled around the register. Every move I made was punctuated by the sound of my accessories. I felt pretty, fun, and confident. That was the day that I developed a true love for stacking. I’d worn multiple necklaces before but usually just two at very different lengths. Now, I like to wear 3-4 and as long as there is a 2-3 inch difference in length, they’re going to work!

Once I started creating “stacks” as a part of my ensembles, I found that I didn’t have as many different necklace lengths in my jewelry stash as I would have thought. So I started hooking multiple short necklaces together to create the lengths that I needed to fill out a stack and still wear the pieces that I loved! When it comes to layers, more is more!

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When you’re wearing that many necklaces it can be easy for them to shift and get tangled, so I created these easy little gadgets I call Stackers. You can attach all of your necklaces to one clasp and they stay together the way that you want them to hang! It also makes it easy to take on and off. I have a few stacks I wear together often enough that I usually just hang them up on the stacker and it’s ready for next time!

I’ve been designing jewelry for over ten years. My style has changed a lot since I first started creating but there are some things I’ve always loved; Words, Stones, and Bright Colors. Creating pieces with stories to tell has always been a driving element in my designs. As a fiber artist, one of my favorite mediums to work with is bright colorful silk ribbons. Over the past year, I’ve been testing and experimenting with new ways to add those colors and textures into my designs. These new textures have been so much fun to add to the other elements I use in my designs and they pop nicely in my stacks.

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One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that sometimes my favorite designs aren’t necessarily my best sellers. That is because jewelry is very much about self-expression. I see groups of friends shopping together in my store and asking each other which necklace they should buy, or holding clothing up to get someone else’s opinion about a style choice. Now don’t misunderstand, I love hanging out with friends and a second opinion is always welcome. Ultimately though, you have to follow your gut! Buy the necklace that others aren’t sure about if you really love it! Choose the dress that makes you want to dance, even if your friend prefers the one that “makes your eyes pop”. Guess what else makes your eyes pop – confidence. What we wear out into the world has a huge impact on our mindset. If you choose your clothing and accessories based on someone else’s preference, you’ll be looking for someone else’s approval when you wear it. If you choose your own style based on what brings you that spark of joy you won’t be so concerned with other people’s opinions, because you’ll love what you’re wearing!

So follow your confidence into the style that best fits your personality, even if it feels a little different. You’ll start feeling more comfortable in your own skin and find your own power outfit or style. Compliments will mean more to you because you will know that people are actually complimenting your style, not just approving of the fact that you went with the most popular opinion. I think you’ll be surprised how good that makes you feel!

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Danielle Kaminski

Danielle Kaminski is a multi-passionate artist from Duncan, SC. She has been crafting and creating since she was in grade school, learning to sew with her grandmothers. Her brick-and-mortar store, Reinvintage Warehouse, is home to more than 60 different artists and curators. The MADE by Danielle brand encompasses jewelry design, candle making, and canvas & fiber art as well as the occasional furniture makeover! View Danielle’s Full Bio

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