Does your outfit affect your mood?

November 2, 2020

Have you ever noticed you have an extra pep in your step when you're wearing a great outfit—while feeling kind of frumpy when you're wearing clothes you don't like?

It's not a coincidence! Several studies have proven the profound effects of fashion psychology. Clothes can play a significant role in your self-image, but also how you perform at work and interact with other people.

Confidence is an asset that helps a person's self-esteem, as well as helps to shape both their personal and professional relationships. Confidence is one of the most attractive traits that a person can possess.  

Confidence shows how you feel about yourselfIf you don't have confidence in yourself, why would anyone else? You can't expect others to support you unconditionally, wholeheartedly belief in yourself. The honest answer is that you can't because you are nervous and self-conscious. Instead of concerning yourself with the negative opinions of others, you live your life for yourself. When you are more confident, you do things that make you happy and explore your interests. You are also more likely to jump on opportunities that arise, cause you to have the confidence in yourself to explore the unknown.While your outfit can't create your self-image, it does help boost your confidence while you are wearing it. Your outfit becomes like Superman's cape; you get a boost of self-esteem and the ability to take on the world.

It can help your mood

Studies have shown that people often dress according to their mood. When you are feeling down, you are less likely to wear your best outfit, according to research from the University of Hertfordshire. However, experts believe your mood can be improved by wearing bright, well-fitting clothing. This theory, called "dopamine dressing" has been tested multiple times and has been shown to help you feel happier and more confident, even during your least confident days.

When your mood is heightened, your confidence is boosted along with it, it becomes a cycle of positivity. Just like the high you get from exercising when your spirit is boosted by an outfit you are wearing, you can propel your attitude all day.  

Maybe you have a big date or a big meeting when you are in a good mood you will get better results. No one wants to interact with grumpy people, people seek out positivity.

It makes you feel powerful

High-quality, well-fitting clothing helps you feel more confident and powerful, allowing you to enthusiastically attack both personal and professional challenges. Research has shown wearing formal clothing can actually change the way you view and approach situations, according to The Atlantic.

A study by Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University Northridge, states that "Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world." Sometimes just a few extra minutes putting yourself together is all you need to get your swag ready for the day.

“Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world.””

— Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University Northridge

Confidence is the best defenseArmed with  high self-esteem and confidence protects you by reducing  your interaction with negative people.  Their negative comments and jealous deflect off of your confidence suit, not allowing them to bring your down with their jealousy and negativity. This can help you within professional settings as well as personal settings. The more confidence you project and have will limit and sometimes even eliminate their ability to bring you down. Because when you are confident, it's not what others think about you; it's what you feel about yourself.Confidence creates an aura that draws people to you. People want to be around high-confident people because many people lack high self-esteem.  When you lack something, you are intrigued by people who have high levels of what you are missing. They want to learn how they can change their views to become a more confident person, so they will surround themselves with confident people.

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