In today’s landscape, our clothes are sending bolder statements which are difficult to ignore. The strong and loud messages it conveys easily convinces passersby, colleagues, friends, and others including ourselves. These messages tell them how we think and feel towards ourselves when we’re surrounded by diverse individuals in various scenarios.
So think about it. Before stepping out, look in front of the mirror and read what your clothes are saying for you.
Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner, a clinical psychologist conducted a study she calls The Psychology Of Dress and wrote a book about it. In her book, she tells us that our clothing choices are influenced by our state of mind. Thus, our thoughts and emotions become visible. With that, others can easily read our disposition. In addition, Dr. Baumgartner also brings us enlightenment and ways on how to overcome psychological struggles we’re currently facing or are stuck with.
None of us needs to be enslaved by our clothes. We’re still free to wear what we want but more often that not, following this mantra has resulted to a lost promotion, being dumped by a boyfriend, or other events where some of us felt that we could have been treated better had we dressed better. And if we feel bummed about these unwanted events, it reflects in our choice of clothes. Dr. Baumgartner’s advice for these type of scenarios is to dress the way we want to feel to change how we actually feel.
And this is where we sometimes are at a loss.
Everyone believes that walking out in public in disorderly fashion projects a negative image. So, when choosing an outfit, do not overlook details that people will tend to check and use to judge if whether or not, it is appropriate for the job, the outing, or any situation. This in return will avoid generating unwanted feedback and disapproving looks from anyone.
Therefore, when in doubt with your choices, stop and consider the classic pieces. They are the little black dress, the blazer, and the pumps. They work for any event and are appropriate for different ages and body types. These items can be pulled off by anyone and at the same time, they send out a message that you feel good about yourself, your current employment status, and all other aspects in your life. If you feel otherwise, you are then dressing up in the way you want to feel. And the statement that you’re projecting through your clothes may just grab you that one thing that can turn things around.
Dr. Baumgartner has identified common problems in women’s wardrobe and provided her psychological take on each and how to fix it. Read on and you just might find a dilemma which you can relate with.
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