The Art of Camouflage: Finding the Perfect in Imperfection

When I was younger my sisters used to tease me, saying that I was practically perfect in every way! I never believed or listened to them, and as Ive gotten older, I know my physical imperfections have just multiplied. 

We all have "stuff" that we believe isn't perfect. For me, the imperfections are part of my story.

My eyes are asymmetric thanks to Grave's disease and seven corrective surgeries. My breasts are asymmetric from breast cancer surgery. My shoulders are asymmetric due to a bicycle accident in which I separated my AC joint. My back is wonky due to scoliosis. 

The thing is, these are all just facts about my physical appearance. They dont define who I am or what I love to do, so I don't worry about or focus on them. While I do embrace my imperfections, I truly believe that the imperfections in myself, my handmade jewelry, and the world around me are actually the very qualities that make things special. Its because of my flaws that Ive become a master in the art of camouflage. And you can, too.

Focus on what you like and draw attention to it

Rather than putting so much emphasis on what we dont like about ourselves, why not draw extra attention to the features we love? For me, I have a deliberately asymmetric haircut and often sport red lipstick, as opposed to calling attention to my eyes.  For you, maybe emphasizing your beautiful eyes with eyeliner and mascara is the way to go. 

Also, never underestimate the power of a beautiful piece of handcrafted jewelry. A few well-placed baubles are perfect for deflecting attention away from anything you don't want people to focus on. Have big chest? Why not wear a shorter necklace that brings attention towards your gorgeous face? 

Play with geometry

Anyone whos ever looked at an optical illusion knows that things are not always what they appear to be. Lines and colors can be used to create cool effects that trick the mind into seeing things a little differently.

For example, if youre short, consider wearing dangling, linear earrings or a long necklace to elongate your appearance. Personally, I wear a lot of asymmetric clothes so my lopsidedness isn't quite as obvious.

No matter what, remember that confidence is beautiful

Your confidence and attitude are more important than your physical size or appearance. During my years as a jeweler, Ive seen firsthand how confidence can transform a person within the matter of seconds. When I watch a customer fall in love with one of my handcrafted jewelry pieces,  its almost magical to watch the air of confidence and beauty overtake them once theyve put it on. 

Its as simple as this: If you believe you are perfect, then you areand that belief is the greatest camouflage of all. 

Lori Gottlieb