Did you know that what you wear changes the way you view yourself and how other interpret that.
We have been told that people make an impression about you in the first 3 seconds of meeting you. This is based on physical appearance, grooming, body language and what you say, and how you say it. The physical part is made up of the clothes you wear and how you wear them.
There has been research done on how we view ourselves in different types of clothes. Your style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health and overall confidence. When we put on a garment we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it.
Even though I work from home I get dressed like I am going to present to a client as I know that it makes me sound more confident and businesslike on the phone, I get more done, listen more effectively and basically feel like I am at ‘work’ rather than at home. If I was to wear sweats and a T shirt I would feel relaxed and not likely to feel motivated; I might be more comfortable but not as effective. I say if you are in business “get up, get dressed to save the world”, just like Super Man or Wonder Woman went from her Diana Prince uniform to her kick-butt Wonder Woman costume.
You may remember yourself as a 5 year old in the dress up box, maybe becoming a princess or cowboy/cowgirl, Putting on those appropriate clothes changes the way you would stand, walk, talk and act. Clothes have power because by putting on those garments evoked a certain feeling and behavior in you. We play dress up because we wanted to become something else than the powerless 5 years old. As adults we forget the power of putting on that certain silky dress or spurs and boots. There is a special power that comes from just putting on those clothes.
There are some scientific facts that support this, which is called ‘Enclothed Cognition’. This involves the simultaneous occurrence of two elements -the symbolic meaning behind clothes and the physical experience of wearing the clothes.
Knowing some of the psychology of clothing can help you make choices that work for you – whether it is boosting the perception of others, boosting your performance or just boosting how you feel.
As with many things in life, there is a huge difference between doing something automatically, and choosing to do something for a reason. Making a conscious choice to dress the way you know that expresses you as a person is healthier than feeling you must have the latest X garment to keep up with fashion. Likewise, you don’t need to dress to impress, but you might choose to in order to ‘play the game’ when seeking employment, investment or a date.
So the next time you reach for those sweat pants or for that fiery red dress, ask yourself how will that clothing item make you feel and what is it saying to the world around you today?