Having a healthy self-confidence is vital to your well-being. Not only is it mentally and emotionally beneficial for you to feel good about yourself, but it can actually make you more successful!
Multiple studies have shown that dressing well increases your performance and heightens others’ impressions of you. For example, wearing clothes that make you feel important or intelligent can change the way you interact with others as well as your cognitive functioning. It can even make the difference between poor test scores and acing an exam.
Other people will make different assumptions about you based on the way you dress. This means you can make yourself smarter or more powerful based on your clothes alone. A change of wardrobe can help you get the job you want, the deals you want, the recognition you want, and even the mate you want. It’s that powerful.
Some people might feel like success and status are not as important as other things in life. They may see caring about clothing and first impressions as “shallow” or materialistic. However, some scientists have shown that the way we feel about ourselves is often directly linked to our appearance, whether we realize it or not. Dressing well takes advantage of this finding and allows us to literally dress for success.
The symbolism behind what you wear has more of an impact on your behavior and self-confidence than the clothes themselves. These studies show that when you wear an outfit that you associate with intelligence and power, you’re likely to do better and feel better than when wearing clothing that you associate with sloppiness or low-skilled work.
However, not everyone needs to jump into an Armani suit to feel good about themselves. Dressing in clothes that make you feel YOUR best benefits your confidence the most, whether you’re wearing a football jersey or a designer suit.
Beyond showing off your personal style, there are a few other things you can do to help you dress your best and increase your confidence:
1. Wear clothes that fit
Take the time to measure yourself properly and try on your clothes before you buy. Have your clothes altered by your tailor for a perfect fit, if you have the means. Well-fitting clothes are flattering for your figure and they also make you appear more put together and in control.
2. Dress appropriately for the season
Always dress for the weather outside. This keeps you comfortable and shows that you are sensible and fashionable. Make sure you have a quality jacket for winter, a few light sweaters for spring and fall, and some flattering summer clothes.
3. Dress for the occasion
If you’re required to present at a meeting, wear whatever makes you feel the most intelligent and powerful. This will more than likely be a suit or other business attire, but it could also be a worker’s uniform such as scrubs and a lab coat. Likewise, if you need to be creative, wear clothing that makes you feel open-minded and inventive. Always pay attention to the attributes you give to your clothing before you put them on and start your day.
Your clothes won’t hold you down anymore if you learn how to wear the right pieces of clothing. Yes, you read that right, the right clothes can have a major impact on your anxiety level as well as your self-confidence. Wearing casual and boring clothes all the time can directly reduce your confidence and increase your anxiety.
I personally recommend buying the best-quality shoes you can afford, and always picking quality over quantity. Furthermore, get rid of your Bic and purchase a quality pen.It doesn’t need to be expensive, however it should look elegant.Get rid of your rusty old wallet and invest in a new one!
“Simply changing the way you dress can have a drastic impact on how you think about yourself.”
Do you know what?
People barely see the new wallet I purchased since my fiancee always insists on getting the bill when we go out together, but the fact that it’s elegant and chic honestly makes me feel good!
When you wear good quality trendy clothing, your confidence goes up and it feels great too! I even recommend dressing your babies and children for success as well, since dressing well grabs attention and it boosts moral to get attention from time to time.
Finally, let’s be honest, anxiety is a product of reduced self-confidence that people never had or lost due to an unpleasant event or trauma. So, make sure you choose a comfortable and modern style, and colours that will make you feel confident about yourself.
Dress to Impress: Does Suiting Up Bring More Confidence?
The reasoning behind your transformation lies in a concept called the en clothed cognition effect. Founded by psychologists Hajo Adams and Adam Galinsky, this idea is based on the notion that the clothing you wear may have a strong influence over the way you think and act. For example, in their 2012 study, Adams and Galinsky discovered that wearing a white lab coat described as a doctor’s coat tended to increase sustained attention, compared to wearing that same coat described as a painter’s coat. Because we perceive doctors as having a more heightened level of attention to detail, we begin to take on that same quality when dressed as a doctor.
The reasoning behind your transformation lies in a concept called the enclothed cognition effect. Founded by psychologists Hajo Adams and Adam Galinsky, this idea is based on the notion that the clothing you wear may have a strong influence over the way you think and act. For example, in their 2012 study, Adams and Galinsky discovered that wearing a white lab coat described as a doctor’s coat tended to increase sustained attention, compared to wearing that same coat described as a painter’s coat. Because we perceive doctors as having a more heightened level of attention to detail, we begin to take on that same quality when dressed as a doctor.
But what does this mean for the average person?
Well, the majority of us wear casual and professional attire, so in designing my own study, I wanted to tap into the mindsets of the general public using frequently worn forms of clothing. While studies have analyzed the impact of attire on cognition, none have observed the role of professional and casual clothing in affecting adolescents’ self-perception, or the way they think about themselves. With this in mind, I sought to examine the influence of the enclothed cognition effect on self-esteem and self-efficacy.
Just as we identify doctors in their “white lab coats” as being more thorough and having a greater ability to focus, individuals in casual and professional attire also have perceived characteristics. Research has revealed that teachers and physicians dressed in professional, rather than casual attire, are rated as having a higher level of intelligence, scholastic ability, and credibility. Conversely, those in casual clothing are seen as being friendlier, more approachable, and more laid-back than those dressed formally.
- Based on my readings, I hypothesized that compared to those in casual attire, professionally-dressed participants would display higher levels of (A) self-esteem, (B) self-efficacy, and (C) be more likely to demonstrate interest in applying for a higher level position.
Simply changing the way you dress can have a drastic impact on how you think about yourself. Self-esteem and self-efficacy are extremely important in determining the judgement of your own worth, and they function as indicators of your beliefs in your ability to successfully achieve goals. Moreover, having a higher degree of self-perception can result in positive outcomes when encountering new experiences and interacting with others.So, next time you pick out an outfit, think about how the clothes you wear may turn you into a different person!