How to let your clothes explain your personality
Don’t you ever wonder why you should dress your best for an interview? It’d be nice to have a reason to dress up other than to “look professional” in front of your boss, coworkers, or clients. In fact, some of us could actually care less about what other people think of us – so why take the time to dress up?
What if I told you, “if you look good, you feel good?” Wouldn’t you agree? Do you remember a day when your hair was just so “on point,” you had to take a picture? And I’ll bet you felt pretty confident with yourself by posting it on your Instagram or Facebook. How about prom day – you dressed your best and really took the time to make sure everything was good for your pictures.
Now I’m not saying that you need to dress so elegantly every day for work (who has the time to do that anyway?), but it’s something about the clothes we put on that can make others, and ourselves, feel a certain way towards that person.
Dress with a purpose
When you look at a male wearing baggy, ripped up, faded jeans with layers of plaid shirts, and a “rock on” t-shirt, how does he make you feel? Does he make you feel like he’s ready to conduct serious business with you? Or does he make you feel like someone you can goof off and have a good time without worry about business with?
You see, every day, we wear clothes based on what we think looks good. In fact, the reason why professionals mainly stick with black and white is to demand authority – it gives us a sharp look that sends this type of message out to people.
And it’s not just colors that make us feel certain ways. The style of dress (see the example in the beginning) and even the brand of clothing can make us feel better about ourselves. When you wear something expensive, that you worked hard to pay for, and only wear once every few months, you can’t help but to feel like you’re on top of the world.
“Does this mean if I dress well, I’ll do well?”
YES! Well, not quite. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. What we mean is that if you take the time to look good, you tend to feel good about yourself. And when you feel good, you’re more confident in your abilities. Keeping that feeling in mind, your chances of staying focused and being prepared to take on any challenges are much higher.
So, in a way, yes, the way you dress can be somewhat of a measure to your success.
Back to the basics
While there are a variety of colors, some of the basic colors we wear to our workplace or casually can say a lot about ourselves.
Blue is a common color that we all wear – blue reminds of us the ocean, so we associate this color with calming and relaxing effects; ever used the sound of the ocean as a way to sleep? Through studies, we can also see that blue sparks creativity among people, so if you want to get some creative thinking going, start wearing some blue!
Dark tones demand authority and power. Colors like dark navy, gray, and black tend to suggest these characteristics along with the power of influencing others. When you wear these colors, others will think you know what you’re doing.
On the contrary, wearing lighter tones make you appear less intimidating and friendly. It suggests that you are approachable, rather than weak and soft. If you’re looking to make wardrobe changes, lighter colors can ease those changes better without leaving obvious changes in your style.
How do you want others to see you?
If you’re looking to change the way you feel or how others see you, start by making subtle changes in your wardrobe – you probably won’t want to run to the nearest store and start buying light colors if you’ve been wearing dark colors. The key is to ease into a certain style.Do these colors make you feel that way? Share with us your experience about what you wear and how it makes you feel in the comments.