When you get dressed in the morning, why do you choose the clothes that you choose? Is it the colors? The patterns? Is it the way the clothes fit and the way that they make you feel? Believe it or not, a lot of psychology goes into our choices when we get dressed in the morning, and you may not even know you’re choosing things based on that! The way you dress sends a message to those around you about what you want from the world and it proves how you feel about yourself, how you want to influence other people and it reflects your personality, too.
The way we choose our clothes comes right from the beginning where we skinned animals and lived in caves. Clothing was there to keep us dry and warm and was made with animal pelts, but the skin you wore said to the world how high up you were socially. In today’s world, the clothing you wear still shows your wealth. Brand names and rare Air Jordans show the world that you are careful about what you buy because you only want the best. It doesn’t mean that you can’t be champagne stylish on a lemonade budget, but it does mean that you will be showing your wealth if you have Louboutin shoes (powerful, meaning business) and a Louis Vuitton bag. Our wardrobes are not limited by law as they used to be when kings and queens dictated who had silks and velvet, but we do still limit our wardrobes by wealth. If your wardrobe is heaving with designer cladding, it’s going to show the world that you are not afraid to spend a little more to feel good quality materials.
Judgements are made on sight whether we like it or not, and if you wake up and look like you’ve been rolled in glue and then pieces of fabric, people will judge you. We are all told not to judge a book by its cover, but when people wear powerful suits, high heels and keep their chin high, we notice! If a man is in front of you in a power suit that has been tailored, you are more likely to sit up and take notice – it’s the same if it’s a woman! If they are in their sports gear, you’re going to judge them as a jock before you do anything else.
Clothes can make you who you are, even if you don’t intend them to. People will judge the short skirts and low-cut blouses, and it’s important that you are aware of the message that you project into the world. If you want to be seen as bold and fun, wear lots of color. If you want to be seen as someone to revere and respect, invest in good suits and tailored fits. Your shoes – heels or sneakers – can even tell people about you! Your clothing tells the world who you want to be. So, who do you want to be to the rest of the world?