Your style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health, and overall confidence. Scientists call this phenomenon "enclothed cognition", and Adam Hajo and Adam D. Galinsky, both professors at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, write in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, write that enclothed cognition "involves the co-occurrence of two independent factors -- the symbolic meaning of the clothes and the physical experience of wearing them." The researchers had subjects perform tests while wearing a lab coat like medical doctors wear, a coat like painters wear, and while not wearing either coat. They found that subjects' sustained attention increased while wearing the doctors' coats in a way that their attention did not increase while wearing the painters' coats or no coats.
Similarly, Professor Karen J. Pine, of the University of Hertfordshire (U.K.) writes in her very short book Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion "When we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it." In the studies Pine conducted, as related in her book, one participant admitted, "If I'm in casual clothes I relax and am tomboyish, but if I dress up for a meeting or a special occasion, it can alter the way I walk and hold myself."
That is what Lisa Stariha, The Body Empowerment Coach, tries to instill her in clients. She says it is so important to "Get up, get dressed, and never give up each day." Stariha, who often works from her home office, knows how comfortable it can be to work in yoga pants and a cozy shirt. But, she says, "to feel more beautiful, confident, and strong, you must change out of the yoga pants and put on clothes that give you power," just as Wonder Woman went from her Diana Prince uniform to her kick-butt Wonder Woman costume.
How important and empowering the right clothes, and even the right under garments, can be is one of the things my co-authors, Jean Otte and Rosina L. Racioppi and I mentioned in our book WOMEN Are Changing the Corporate Landscape: Rules for Cultivating Leadership Excellence. And Business Insider says that clothes don't just affect your confidence levels, they can affect your success, as "clothing significantly influences how others perceive you and how they respond to you."
In 2014, car manufacturer Kia took a survey of what makes people feel confident, a few of the things included in the top 10 list for women included: high heels, a little black dress, and designer perfume. For men, the list included: a freshly shaved face, a new suit, and a nice smelling aftershave.
Understanding the psychological dynamics of why the right-for-us clothing can contribute to our confidence, raise our self esteem, and help propel us in the workplace has become big business. Image, style, and branding consultants are hired by everyone from celebrities to the average Joe, with, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than 56,000 people claiming that as their occupation in 2014. Kim Peterson, of Uniquely Savvy, helps people champion themselves through personal brand and style analysis, body and color analysis, wardrobe analysis, personal shopping, and virtual style consulting for individuals, and more progressive businesses bring Kim in to do workshops for their employees on these self-empowerment topics.
So the next time you reach for those yoga 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?
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Dressing and Personality Development
Personality development helps in the overall development of an individual. An individuals style of dressing plays an important role in enhancing his/her personality. It is rightly said that a man is known by his dress and address. An individuals dressing sense speaks volumes of his character and personality.
You really need to know what you are wearing. Do not wear something just because everyone else is wearing the same. Find out whether the dress would look good on you or not? One needs to be extremely careful of his/her body type, built, weight, complexion and even family background, nature of work, climate while selecting clothes.
Dress according to the occasion. One needs to look good for an impressive personality. Clothes reflect who you are, how you feel at the moment and sometimes even what you want to achieve in life?
Always remember whatever you wear should reflect the real you. Your dressing sense reflects your personality, character, mood, style and what actually you are as an individual. People wearing gaudy clothes with loud make up are generally extroverts and love partying. You really can make out what sort of person an individual is by his/her dressing. Dull colours indicate that an individual is sad or upset whereas bright colours not only reflect your happy state of mind but also make the other person happy.
Team a simple white shirt with black trousers to get that extremely professional and elegant look at the workplace. On the other hand your little black dress if worn in evenings would make you the centre of attention at a party. It all depends when you are wearing a particular outfit.
Let me ask you a question:
I will give some clues on how a person dresses and you have to judge an individuals personality type for me.
Tom prefers wearing ripped jeans with sleeveless t-shirt and sneakers. He loves flaunting his necklaces, earrings, bracelets and often sports a ponytail.
Jack on the other hand wears a simple linen shirt and trouser. His formal shoes are nicely polished and clothes ironed. He does not love wearing accessories and prefer just a simple chain around his neck.
I am sure you must have guessed it right.
Tom is an extrovert and a party animal. He is most likely a college going student who loves being the life of parties.
Jack on the other hand, is a mature and reserved professional.
If you have guessed it right, do not forget to give a pat on your back .
Yes, the way you dress reflects your personality. Remember, right dressing has nothing to do with price. An expensive dress might not look good on you. Before stepping out, ask yourself Is the dress looking good on me?, Am I dressed as per the occasion? and so on.
Never wear tight fitting or body hugging clothes. Be very particular about the fit of the dress. A person on the heavier side of normal weight would look slim in a black long outfit whereas a lean individual would look good in puff sleeves and flair dresses.
Make sure whatever you are wearing is neat and tidy. Do not just pull out clothes from your wardrobe and wear them. Clothes must be properly ironed. Polish your shoes before stepping out.
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