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The Psychological Impact of Our Clothing

The clothes you choose do matter.

Our clothing can reveal a lot about ourselves. It can also change the value of what you have to say. Think of it as “you are what you wear.”

Now, look back at the choices you made for your outfit today. Did you dress how you want to feel or how you currently feel?

Clothes have the ability to show others your type of employment, spending habits, emotions, and ambitions. That’s nothing to take lightly.

Assumptions and decisions about us are made in the blink of an eye, every day. And worst yet, a first impression is sometimes all we may have. But we all do it. It’s stamped into us from all those years of social conditioning.

People make their assessments of others within the first few seconds. That’s the fact. Visual assessments cause judgments way beyond just our physical presence. That’s the problem. 

Clothes have such a strong influence over the way other people perceive us and the way we perceive ourselves.

Shopping and spending are two actions generally motivated from one’s emotions, experiences, personalities and cultures. Which means, the behavior behind it is often found to be much more deeply rooted.

The clothes we wear influence the way we think, not just what they say about us but what they say to us.

So, do our outfits really alter the way we approach and interact with the world?

Yes.

It’s definitely worth exploring the various studies on the psychology of human perception. They reveal how simple acts can change one’s value, like how the act of holding a clipboard is proven to make people feel more intelligent.

I grew up with a fascination in shows like “What Not to Wear” and “Love, Lust, or Run” with Stacy London and watched how women (and sometimes men) would be transformed from start to finish. No matter the initial attitudes towards the change, each person inevitably felt the same towards the end of their journey. They became happier, lighter, more confident in themselves and had a better outlook on life.

Our clothes say a great deal about who we are and who we want to be. They can signal social standards that may not be fundamentally correct. One, who is not, can appear authoritative simply from the appearance of a single outfit. And these perceptions can start as early as childhood, where clothing may often portray to another the child’s academic standing.

Little details in women’s work attire, from the length of a women’s skirt to the number of buttons unfastened on a blouse, can vary perception of workplace status, intelligence, confidence, trustworthiness and organization. It’s a shame the competence of women can be negatively perceived by the difference of a skirt line being just above or just below the knee. Studies show that women who dress more masculine to an interview are more likely to be hired than women who dress more feminine.

Additionally, following a “dress to impress” mindset is proven to enhance people’s ability to engage in abstract thinking. All from the difference in what you wear.

People judge those in suits more favorably than those who are not in suits. Interestingly, most times these judgments are not directed at what one is wearing. You might hear perceptions for one to be “more confident, successful, flexible, and a higher earner” from the appearance of a clean suit. These assumptions are directly spoken to one’s character and not to one’s chosen dress attire, but are contingent upon what one is wearing.

What we wear can easily become a matter of habit so simply doing something different with your clothes could change the impression others have of you.

Dressing in athleisurewear might suggest you are athletic while dressing in formal attire might suggest you work in a high-power position. The same goes for dressing in sweats publicly suggesting you have given up. Alternatively, bright colors would suggest you’re more approachable where more neutral colors would send the message that you’d prefer not to draw attention to yourself.

These examples go on and on and only continue to reiterate the same dilemma: We all make quick judgments based off the clothes people wear, whether we notice it or not.

Stop letting your clothes wear you.

Next time you dress, think about what kind of message you want to send.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/psychological-influence-clothes-have-us-anna-sweeney

 

 

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Damn...after all my years here in the North Georgia mountains, and finally rounding out my entire wardrobe with all camo, plus accessories.....CRAP it all, I give up!

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I enjoy spending the day in my undies.. quite comfy and much less laundry.. :thumbsup:

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Mine are camo so I can't be seen when walking around the neighborhood.

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1 hour ago, Salty Dog said:

Clothes have the ability to show others your type of employment, spending habits, emotions, and ambitions.

That's why I dress like a dirt bag but they still think I'm rich.

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1 hour ago, Kahuna said:

I enjoy spending the day in my undies.. quite comfy and much less laundry.. :thumbsup:

Undies???? :evan:

 

 

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3 minutes ago, lamoe said:

Undies???? :evan:

 

 

Ahh..if you're lookin for pics Moe, it's gonna cost ya..   :P

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1 minute ago, Kahuna said:

Ahh..if you're lookin for pics Moe, it's gonna cost ya..   :P

I meant me  -  don't need no stinken undies - and if I don't wear them they won't be.:cool:

We leave door partly open for breeze so Charity got me a wrap around towel with snaps  - sort of like a kilt -  very comfortable - live at end of hall with so no negibhors walk by

As far as the clothes thing - ex-wife and now Charity have tried to get me to dress more casually. Hard for me to wear shorts (other than at beach) and   shirts without some sleeve to them.- own 2 of each and wear only for walking.

 

 

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I like the gray man look not to attract attention to myself , so i can carry my EDC every-day-carry stuff without being noticed phone,knife, flashlight multitool ,, kimber 9mm ,,,Never wear Camo thats the shoot me first look ....

i only have a few brands i wear daily carthartt , 511 ,Kuhl .. 

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1 hour ago, lamoe said:

We leave door partly open for breeze

Damn Moe- what floor do you live on in Winland ? I want to make sure i dont accidentally get off the elevator on that floor !! :P

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My fashion is along the lines of Salvation Army cloths bin.  I wear what I please and not concerned about what you think of my employment status (retired) education (high school dropout) wealth (there is nothing I want I can't buy, not wealthy, just happy with what I have)

So your first impression of me is of no concern,  I will probably not like you anyway regardless of how you are dressed.  

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Damn Moe- what floor do you live on in Winland ? I want to make sure i dont accidentally get off the elevator on that floor !! 
you told me you knew exactly where he lives and had been watching him from afar

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46 minutes ago, Davaoeno said:

Damn Moe- what floor do you live on in Winland ? I want to make sure i dont accidentally get off the elevator on that floor !! :P

I guess you missed that we are at end of hall - you know the way they're  setup - you'd have to actually come looking for me.

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1 hour ago, lamoe said:

I guess you missed that we are at end of hall - you know the way they're  setup - you'd have to actually come looking for me.

Levity my good man - levity !! :P

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