Ever since I was younger I felt awkward.
Not about my personality, I was a very outgoing person and still am, but about my body and the way I looked. I remember always feeling uncomfortable in anything I wore and being a swimmer did not help much since I had to be in a bathing suit constantly. Not until recently have I truly felt confident in my body, while I still have bad days, The outfits I choose to wear that fit my body type and style preferences makes a world of a difference.
Around the 8th grade, I started to experiment with my style. So long were the days of leggings and sweatshirts with badly straightened hair. I wore leather skirts and flower crowns with shirts that had quirky sayings on them. I was trying to experiment and find what was good for me, and that is when I saw my confidence begin to rise.
After 8th grade, 9th and 10th slowed down for me, I didn't care as much about style but I did still always have it in the back of my mind. Soon, around the end of 10th grade, I found that confidence within me, and the clothes I wore were the main source of this confidence.
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Since then, I have evolved my style into something that is unique to me, I take things that may not look good on my body type and change them to make them my own, or, I pair clothing pieces together that you would never expect.
All in all, my style keeps me confident in myself and affects the way that I carry myself throughout my life.