Remembering you are a beautiful spirit of light in a physical body might be nice, but won't help you feel comfortable revealing more flesh than usual in the summer. When the human of your dreams strolls by, you're unlikely to shout, "Hey, you, feast your eyes on my beautiful soul!" If you have body image issues, the chances are, you'll cower behind a big sunhat and entertain negative thoughts. Despite your misgivings, the inner you has important information to share about self-esteem and can be helpful.

Uncover who you are. Many people emotionally freeze, regardless of the heat, when the summer arrives. The thought of stripping off to reveal a swimsuit or wearing shorts and a tight tee shirt is enough to give them hives. Telling them to throw caution to the wind and let it all hang out won't work; they will still feel uncomfortable. However, if this sounds like you, you don't have to face your fear because you can meet your joy instead. After all, who says wearing summer fashion has to be a confidence-bashing experience?
  
The real you is attractive and fun-loving, you don't want to hide or worry about being judged about not resembling the physical ideal when dressed in traditional summer garb. There are plenty of ways to dress that will flatter you and suit your inner nature. Think bohemian kaftans, ethnic chic, and hand dyed cotton fabrics, or geometric shapes, diagonal lines and sharp outlines. Whatever you prefer, you can find clothing and accessories that help you shine from the inside out, revealing your true personality.

Forget high-street shops. There's nothing wrong with chain stores, but they won't feed your soul. The clothing that will raise your self-esteem, if you have issues with your body, is likely to come from boutiques, vintage clothing stores, or off-the-wall shops, the type where you can find unusual, interesting outfits that grab your attention. Your first instinct is to hide when the summer approaches, but you will change your mind if you dress in ways that reflect your attractive nature.
  
Mix and match. Shopping is fun, but you may not need to splash out on new clothes if you are creative with those you already own. People often have wonderful outfits in their wardrobes, which they've never put together. The clothes you usually wear in the summer might help you feel more attractive if you match them differently. Try clothes on that you haven't worn together before. Also, wear them differently. Layer thin clothes, and wear items that drape, cross over, or can be hitched up to reveal layers underneath. Add a hat, scarf, sunglasses and a bag, and carefully select necklaces to add a creative touch.
  
Don't fear summer fashion; claim it, design it, and wear it stylishly with confidence. Most importantly, don't focus on your flaws, highlight your personality with your clothing and you will shine.