The way I dress affects my confidence. It’s not like I’m unconfident without a good outfit, but a killer handbag with a chic pair of shoes and a dress that flatters my body type can help me feel like I’m going to score that job interview or shine at a social scene. It takes my confidence level up several notches. Even if you don’t see a connection between your clothes and confidence, looking into how what we wear affects who we are might be important.
There is a direct correlation between what we wear and what we think of our potential. An interesting research published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology back in 2012, showed a higher level of concentration with people who were told that they are wearing a doctor’s white coat. The study participants wore a painter’s smock, whereas others wore doctor’s coats. The ones dressed in doctor’s coats displayed incredibly higher results in attention demanding tasks. You might’ve heard the saying, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well if it’s confidence we seek (and don’t we all?), then why not dress the part? There is a significant connection with what we wear and how we feel. You can use style as one of the many tools to boost your self-confidence. So when you find yourself looking through your closet to get dressed in the morning, here are some tips to help you dress for your most confident self.
LEARN HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR BODY.
Really, really learn. Know what denim style looks best on you, what fabric is most flattering and not flattering at all, what skirt length is better for your figure, what style of dress hides your problem areas and extenuate your assets.
EMBRACE YOUR BEST FEATURES.
What are your favorite parts of your body? Do you love your long legs, your height, your curves? Find outfits that play up and flatter these features, and mask the features you dislike, to show off what you want people to see, and hide what you don’t.
KNOW WHAT COLORS LOOK BEST ON YOU.
The right colors can make your hair color radiant, your eyes pop, and your skin glow. The wrong colors can make you look washed out or tired.
THINK ABOUT A TIME WHEN YOU FELT GOOD IN AN OUTFIT.
Try to remember an occasion when you felt great in what you wore. Maybe it was a sundress at a summer wedding or a fitted blazer at a board meeting. Think about why you felt good in that. Was it a flattering neckline? Did you like the length? Was it the fabric or the color? Remember what it was that made you feel good about that outfit, and implement that aspect into the rest of your wardrobe.
DEFINE YOUR STYLE.
The most important secret for confidence is simply to be true to yourself and appreciate your uniqueness. This is the case for dressing as well. Instead of attempting to emulate what’s currently trending or someone else’s style, know what you like and what looks good on you – and stick to it. Finding a signature style will help you make every outfit you wear personal, so that you feel confident showing the world who you are.
Remember, your first concern when getting dressed should always be to empower yourself. Impressing others is just a bonus 🙂
~ Desi Chic Mama