Whether you’re team Taylor or team Miley, something is undeniably powerful about a good girl squad. With this year’s release of the single “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift deemed herself the girl squad ringleader, hanging with a posse of supermodels and other A-list celebs. 

But you don’t have to be gracing the covers of Vanity Fair to truly reap the benefits of a good girl squad. The truth is, there is a lot of negativity and challenges we’re up against, and we can use all the support we can get:

  • According to the White House, full-time working women earn 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn
  • Approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies
  • Girls around the world lag behind boys in math and science, but confidence is a key factor, according to research from the Organization for Economic Co-operations and Development 
  • By 15, girls are twice as likely to become depressed than boys

Research shows that male executives who speak more often than their peers are deemed more competent (by 10%), while female executives who speak up are considered less (14% less)

My point? Surrounding yourself with positive, beautiful (inside and out!) women can be a very powerful thing. I myself have surrounded myself with some of the same lovely ladies (pictured above) for more than a decade – including My Favorite Outfit’s own Jacqueline Perlman. These are women who lift me up, tell me how incredible I am, appreciate my voice and opinion, are a shoulder to cry on and are vital to every celebration, milestone, up and down in my life. 

So this weekend I challenge you to do it up with your own girl squad and share your pictures over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags #girlsquad and #myfavoriteoutfit. Don’t know how to get started? Here are a few quick tips for a gal’s weekend:

  • Host a pot luck. Have everyone bring their favorite side dish and catch up over some delicious eats. Girls and grub? It doesn’t get any more comforting than that. 
  • Swap clothes. One girl’s trash is another’s treasure. Invite your friends to clean out their closets and swap clothes and rake in some fashion finds – all those that aren’t claimed can be donated to My Favorite Outfit. Check out the clothing swap I hosted for inspiration here
  • Sweat it out. Sign up for a local spin class or meet up for a run.You’ll get those endorphins going and feel completely empowered and in control alongside your bffs.
  • Get glam. Have your girlfriends bring over their makeup bags and take to YouTube to try that cat eye you’ve been dying to master! You’ll get a new look and boost of confidence that will be simply infectious.  

Alex Brown is a Chicagoan, publicist and long-time friend of Jacqueline Perlman, founder of My Favorite Outfit. Outside of her full-time position, she has a passion for empowering women and staying active with runs along Lake Shore Drive. You can follow her on Instagram at @alexzbrown