How Clothes Affect Your Self-Esteem
What do you feel when you wear clothes that don’t fit well, versus clothes that grab the attention of everyone in the room?
The clothes you wear affects how you feel, your confidence, and the way you perceive yourself. Scientists call this “enclothed cognition” (Source: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology).
Dressing well doesn’t equal success. However, dressing well increases your confidence and happiness which are two things that’ll help you get closer to your goals. Dressing well isn’t the answer, instead, it’s the beginning of the domino effect.
What Does “Dressing Well” Actually Mean?
Now, what does it mean to dress well? If I normally wear sweats and a t-shirt but instead choose to wear jeans and a t-shirt, is that dressing well?
Yes, to an extent.
Dressing well begins with the way you feel when you wear certain clothes. If the clothes fit well, feel comfortable, and increases your attractiveness, you’ll feel good about it.
Next, what’s the occasion?
If you’re getting ready for an interview, you’ll dress differently than getting ready for lunch with friends. It’s always a good idea to dress a notch better than you think you should.
Should I Stop Wearing Sweats?
No! Leggings, sweat pants, shorts, and other comfortable clothing items are great things.
Having self-confidence and motivation doesn’t mean you need to be dressed up every single day. It does mean that you should wear what makes you feel confident and happy while matching the formality of an occasion.
If you feel good in the clothes you’re wearing, you’ll achieve more and be more productive with less stress.
Your self-image, confidence, and happiness may begin with the way you dress but that isn’t the long-term goal. If you’re lacking these things, try dressing better and see what happens.
Your identity won’t be wrapped around clothes, rather, you’ll use clothes as a way to grow.
Clothing, style, and fashion are tools to use to get what you want out of life.