Did you know that how you dress is empowering you? (or not)
Studies show that it’s not ‘when you look good, you feel good’ it’s more like ‘when you feel you look good, you feel good’.
Folks from the University of Queensland are researching how clothes and emotions are linked. As it turns out, we might want to be more conscious of what we choose to drape over our bodies.
From birthdays and Christmas parties to parades and Halloween, dressing up is loads of fun and helps us feel happy, excited, puts us in a good mood and motivates us to head out the door with friends, snap selfies and boosts our positive vibe.
But what about every other day of the week?
Yes, it’s wonderful to love the skin you’re in. And dressing for your body type may sound weird (have a body? … dress it). But you gotta wear clothes, so you may as well put on stuff you LOVE. Because what you wear affects your self-esteem.
How simple can it be that a new piece of clothing (even a great ‘vintage’ score) can make you feel good? Remember first-day-of-school-clothes? It was awesome heading out the door wearing your confidence. (I’m talking post grade one; beyond the tear year).
There is something to be said for the feelings that so illogically come from a piece of fabric.
If you have a favorite pair of jeans, think about why they boost your confidence and try to buy clothes that make you feel the same way. You may have bought a top and worn it once, but if you aren’t going to wear it again because it reminds you of a date you’d rather forget, get rid of it.
From the study, Dr Tombs says, “Don’t feel bad about keeping any old clothes with which you associate good memories. It is like looking at a photograph and having those memories rush back.”
A group of young adult students in the study were asked some to wear superman T-shirts. Not only did it make them more confident, but it also made them actually think they were physically stronger.
‘Those in a Superman T-shirt thought they were stronger than students in a plain T-shirt, or in their own clothing.’
It wasn’t just superhero clothing that affected a person’s state of mind, though. Wearing a white coat, was found to improve a person’s mental agility, and wearing a bathing suit made a person score poorly on a math test.
We like to think “Every day is a parade.” So what are you wearing?