Your environmental norm is created by the people around you and their expectations. Defy the norm by being different: dressier, brighter, trendier, or edgier. Or conform if it makes you feel more at ease. Choose the option that’s most aligned with your goals. 

Stand Out or Blend In

It can become easier to challenge your environmental norm as one gets older. Confidence and authenticity often increase with age. Confidence makes it easier to sport a daring outfit with greater conviction, which in turn tempers negative reactions.

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for your choices. Bravely defy your environmental norm if that makes you happy. But don’t feel pressured into being different just for the sake of it. The world will be a better place if we all wear what makes us happy.