Does it Matter How I Dress?
- February 28 2020
- Category:: Fabrics
An important question.
At one point or the other in our lives, we have been admonished with the ‘how you dress is how you are addressed’ chant. We may have various reservations or arguments about this as we all know that a man’s true nature is not seen in his clothes or shoes. Or so we think...
In this time and era of individualism and rejecting the status quo, how we dress has evolved and everyone is now an authority in how to look or dress. People are seeing more need to invest in their style - hiring stylists and personal shoppers to achieve these goals.
While I am all for knowing your style and what fits, as a fashion consultant, I have seen many people push the line between self-expression and an outrageous style.
A research conducted on the concept of personality discovered that a lot can be known or deduced about a person’s personality, politics, status, age and income just from looking at their shoes.
Also science has revealed that the clothes we wear affect our behaviour, attitudes, personality, mood, confidence, and even the way we interact with others. Well, as much as you may disagree, it is a truth that won’t go away.
How you dress really does speak a lot about you or reveal facts about your lifestyle or life choices.
The kind of clothes, shoes and accessories we combine, tell others a story about us, helping others form an impression on your character or personality. The crux of the matter is not whether you care about fashion or dressing up, it's more about what you're communicating unconsciously through your physical appearance. You would possibly be apprehensive of your bank account officer attending to you in ripped jeans and boots on a day that isn’t casual.
Let’s imagine you have an appointment at a restaurant with Craig who is a representative from your insurance company. You get there and find three men present, two in suits and one dressed in a tee-shirt with shorts and trainers. I bet you would walk up to the men in suits to ask if either of them was Craig.
Why didn’t you think that the man in the tee shirt could be Craig? Your answer is the same as mine; how you dress speaks to others about you.
Also, experience has taught me that how you present yourself will change the way other people hear what you say. It will subconsciously tell them if you’re like them or if you’re different. It will determine whether they listen to you or ignore you, and whether they should trust you or not.
I can go on and on about how what we wear has a voice of its own and whatnot. But rather, here are three reasons why you should put in the work as regards what you wear.
1. Your clothes are the primary ingredients in creating a positive first impression
When people meet you for the first time, the first details they take in before or as they take that handshake is what you are wearing. It immediately sets a notion about you.
We live in a visual-based society; people who are seemingly better-dressed routinely experience positive bias towards them and better treatment than men who are sloppy dressers.
This I believe is because the clothes you wear and how you wear them serves as a substitute for character in the eyes of people who don't know you well enough to judge you by anything else. Simple!
2. Dressing sharp helps with your confidence
I am sure that just like me, there are times you’ve dressed up, looked in the mirror and instantly felt like a million bucks. That day, you probably had an extra spring in your step!
A recent study revealed that your clothing actually impacts how you also think. It postulates that professional dressing increases abstract thinking and gives people a broader perspective. So that tie might actually be switching on your creativity button(lol).
Psychologists even believe that being well dressed makes us feel more confident and increases hormones needed for displaying personal confidence.
3. Well-dressed people call the shots
I know this sounds sentimental and all but I believe that men who put in the effort into projecting a good image by dressing well, have already taken the way the world sees them into their own hands, and the added respect and honor people afford them allows them to call the shots in group situations as well.
You set the tone of how people treat you each time you ask yourself, what should I wear today? Set it carefully.
I’ll leave you with the words of Charles Hix- Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.
I’d love to hear from you on how your dressing has impacted you as a professional. So, drop your comments and feedback below.