Though women dress well to feel great, beautiful, and confident, psychologist says that how you dress can change your perception of the objects, people, and events around you, as well as how others view you. Before selecting your next office outfit or weekend outfits, keep on reading for the 6 unexpected ways your clothes can change your mood.
- Your clothing can make you feel powerful and confident.
Research shows that women who wear formal business attire felt significantly more powerful and in control of the situation than their under-dressed peers. That’s the reason why conservative offices require their employees to follow a professional dress code. If you’re on a casual weekend, think of dressing your casual outfit a bit with a chic blazer.
- Your clothing can motivate you to lose weight.
Though wardrobe organizers discourage you to opt for motivational clothing, you can still dress the part. “A number of French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner,” explains fitness guru Valerie Orsoni. “It keeps them conscious of the tummy—particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on!” So, think of tightening your belt a notch or wearing a snug-fitting pair of pants to make your clothes give you a signal to stop eating as soon as you are full.
- Your clothing can make you exercise harder, but make it feel easier.
According to researchers, wearing runner shoes and comfy clothes can be great so you can run errands and motivate you to hit the gym. “It’s all about the symbolic meaning that you associate with a particular item of clothing,” said Northwestern University researcher Hajo Adam, PhD. If you’re going for a casual cool style for the weekend, think of a pair of sneakers that can make your style effortless.
- Your clothing can give you an edge in an argument.
According to research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, your clothing can give you an edge in an argument. Generally, if a woman is dressed in a suit, she allows herself to wear her own clothes just like she’s wearing a pair of sweats. Also, the women who were dressed up treated better than those who were dressed down.
- Your clothing can cheer you up.
Researchers from the University of Queensland found out that we often dress how we’d like to feel or how we’d like others to think we’re feeling. It still works, especially if we wear clothing that has gotten us compliments in the past or is something that brings back good memories.
- Your clothing can make you focus better.
According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, dressing in clothing that is associated with intelligence, like doctor’s coats or pilot’s uniforms, may not only make you look smarter but may actually make you act smarter too. The study found out that the subjects who dressed in business formal clothing could think faster on their feet and had more creative ideas. On the contrary, there may be a sneaky side effect of wearing knock-offs, according to a Harvard study published in Psychological Science as wearing fake clothing can make you feel like a fake and may make you assume others are also being fake. By taking these things on consideration, you’ll be able to dress your part to whatever mood you’re at.