Happy WEDNESDAY, everyone. And also happy last-day-of-February. March is ALMOST HERE, which is crazy crazy crazy. I feel like 2018 JUST started and here we are getting ready for month #3. To end February off strong, I decided we all need a motivator to get up, get dressed and kick butt. If 2018 isn’t going exactly the way you want it to go, this read it for you. You have SO much time to turn it around make this YOUR YEAR. I promise you. Let’s dive into this.
Whether or not you want them to, the clothing you choose to wear reflect (AND affect) your mood, your confidence and your health. You guys know I’m a scientist at heart, so let me explain to you something called the “enclothed cognition”. In the Journal of Experiemental Social Psychology, two professors wrote that the enclothed cognition essentially
“involves the co-occurence of two independent factors – the symbolic meaning of the clothes vs the physical experience of wearing them”
The researchers in the lab had people perform certain tasks while wearing different types of clothing to see if it actually affected what they were doing or feeling. Those that dressed like a doctor carried themselves more professional while those that dressed less professionally acted more casual, etc. Professor Karen Pine wrote a book about this phenomenon called: “Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion” and she states:
“When we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it”
So this phenomenon is going to happen whether we want it to or not. It’s completely in our subconscious. I am positive you’ve felt this in your regular life, as well. For example, when I was in college, I made a point to always dress up for class as opposed to wearing my pjs to my first class of the day. I did this on purpose because when I wore jeans and a nice top vs leggings and a sweatshirt, I did better in school. I sat up straighter, I paid attention more closely, I felt more comfortable introducing myself to my teachers and staying after class when I needed to. I also felt like I was ready to take on the day. I firmly believe that we need to get up, get dressed and be ready to take on each day.
Being someone who works from home – it isn’t easy to make this a priority. It was SO much easier when I actually had to be somewhere at 9:30 am. Now, I make my own schedule and I don’t have to even talk to another human being before noon if I’m not feeling it. However, I do notice that if I actually get ready when I get up in the morning, I am more motivated, more productive and I get a heck of a lot more done. Plus I can actually get my shoots done in a timely manner because I don’t have to wait for myself to get showered and ready at 3pm.
I think it’s amazing and empowering that the right clothes can make such a difference in our every day lives. The beautiful thing about this is that YOU define what clothes you feel confident in – not society.
However – regardless of what we like to think about society – if you live and operate in corporate America, how you dress DOES make a difference. Dress codes in the work place need to be taken into consideration. If you are climbing that corporate ladder, you need to dress the part. Not only will it affect your confidence levels in the work place (leading to more leadership positions and greater respect in the office), it will also significantly influence what those who work above and below you think of your workmanship.
PIN THIS FOR LATER:
I firmly believe that what you wear is your statement to the world. WHO are you? WHAT is your purpose? and WHAT kind of clothing is going to help you take the steps to get there?
Do you have a power outfit you like to wear when you need an extra confidence boost? Let me know what yours is in the comments below!
HAPPY #FASHIONWEDESDAY! Yesterday I hung out with the adorable ladies at the St. Louis Michael…28 February 2018