What Your Clothes Say About You

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Clothes are seen as a form of information. They reveal your emotions, financial status and profession.

According to clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Baumgartner (who literally wrote the book on the psychology of dress)  psychological issues might be brought to light through our clothing choices.

How do you know what message your clothes are sending?

Believe it or not, certain clothing items can create a sense of success or failure. The little black dress, black pumps or a blazer are classics for success, because they are age appropriate and they work no matter who you are.

Paying attention to your body type, age and profession or situation is important in choosing clothing items that project a successful image too. And this, is one of the many elements I can help you with throughout our style consultation.

Do the clothes you wear express who you are?

A concept called “enclothed cognition” gives scientific proof to the idea that you should dress how you want to feel.

The table below, taken from Dr Baumgartner’s book “You Are What You Wear” features some of the most common wardrobe and perception problems that you might recognize within yourself.

If you … You might … Consider:
Keep every piece of clothing you’ve ever owned Be clinging to the past through the sentimental value of your pieces Adopting the Golden Wardrobe Ratio: Get rid of 2 out of 3 items you own, including anything too big/small, ripped/torn or outdated.
Wear only neutrals, largely devoid of accessories Be stuck in a psychological rut, too comfortable to shake it up, or too afraid to draw attention to yourself. Deviating from your routine in small ways (a different route to work, a few new spring accessories–like these inexpensive ways to incorporate trendy polka dots–to jog your brain into feeling excited
Dress in clothing too large for your body See your body differently than others see it, or as a reflection of the way it once was. Bringing an honest friend shopping to find out what looks great on you, ignoring sizes and getting used to wearing clothes that really fit.
Have been told you’re dressed inappropriately or too sexily Consider the same outfit appropriate for every occasion (i.e. clubbing and family barbecue), or be looking for the wrong kind of attention. Consider the image you want to project in given situations (at work, on the town) and choose outfits based on cues from those around you
Dress too young (or too old) for your age Be trying to express the age you feel you are, but getting caught between your actual and internal age Gearing your outfits toward your goals (like getting a promotion, meeting a significant other, traveling the world), rather than a specific age.
Are always in work clothes Value yourself primarily through your work and work-related accomplishments Recognizing your talents outside of work (great artist, compassionate, fun to bring to parties, etc.)
Covered in designer logos Think you need to broadcast wealth in order to be treated well by others Practice wearing “blank canvas” pieces and only accenting with logos to emphasize that people value you for more than your labels
Live in your “mum outfit” of jeans and a hoodie Put the needs of your family before your own Take more “me time.” Remember: When mum isn’t happy, nobody is.

What is your style saying about you?

Outside of your profession, style can play a big role in the way people perceive you.

As a personal stylist, I would recommend choosing clothing items that highlight not only the way you would want to be viewed by others, but how you see yourself and your personality, whilst staying true to yourself and what makes you special and unique.

Want to find out what your clothes say about you? Book a style consultation with me. I will guide you in the right direction to ensure your style reflects your best self.

Yours in style,

My Stylist Juliet

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