What does your wardrobe say?
"Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them ~ Marc Jacobs.
Clothing and personality go hand-in-hand. Clothing is a form of expression; saying what you want without speaking. For many people, what they wear is merely a matter of habit. Doing something different with your clothes might be a way of changing the impression others have of you.
The type of clothes you wear can be inspired by a culture, activity, weather, current fashion trends, occupation and most importantly your personality which is the best accessory. People make their assessments in the first few seconds of seeing another. These assessments usually go way beyond how well you are dressed. Our wardrobe becomes a part of our self-expression. What you wear may affect you psychologically. Your outfit can influence your mood, your job prospects, your self-image as well as how people respond to you.
Your wardrobe says a lot about you. People can get a sense of your mood, employment, spending style and fashion sense from the way you dress. There is a psychology behind dressing. If you wear the same style of clothes every day and never deviate from shades of black, white, grey and beige teamed with sensible shoes and no accessories, it could be a sign that you 'like to play safe.' A change in your styling can lead to people perceiving you differently and perhaps also alter your sense of self. Sometimes it's worth taking a step back from the well-ordered world you've created and introduced a little chaos - otherwise, life could become a little dull.
Finding the perfect fit and style, and dressing your age is critical. For example, dressing in baggy and overly loose fitting clothes may be a sign of low self-esteem and people may perceive you as someone who does not take pride in the way you present yourself. Depending on the situation, this can have a negative impact, especially in your professional life. A balance between appearance and functionality is key when selecting your wardrobe.
Clothing can be used as an aid in your professional life. Wearing a formal business attire can increase your self-confidence and give you a sense of power. People measure your professionalism by your appearance which strongly influences others perception of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence and suitability for hire or promotion.
So next time you open your wardrobe to select your outfit, think; does it project your personality, your desires and most importantly is your wardrobe covering up your potential? Do not dress according to how you feel, but dress how you want to feel. This will determine the kind of message you are sending to others and most importantly to yourself.
'If a woman is badly dressed, it's the dress we'll notice; but if she is impeccably dressed, it's the woman herself we'll notice' ~ Coco Chanel
Remember, you can have anything in life if you dress for it. Life is a party, dress like it.