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Dress for Success: How Dressing Well Can Boost Your Confidence

Having a healthy self-confidence is vital to your well-being. Not only is it mentally and emotionally beneficial for you to feel good about yourself, but it can actually make you more successful!

Multiple studies have shown that dressing well increases your performance and heightens others’ impressions of you. For example, wearing clothes that make you feel important or intelligent can change the way you interact with others as well as your cognitive functioning. It can even make the difference between poor test scores and acing an exam.

What’s more, other people will make different assumptions about you based on the way you dress. This means you can make yourself smarter or more powerful based on your clothes alone. A change of wardrobe can help you get the job you want, the deals you want, the recognition you want, and even the mate you want. It’s that powerful.

Some people might feel like success and status are not as important as other things in life. They may see caring about clothing and first impressions as “shallow” or materialistic. However, some scientists have shown that the way we feel about ourselves is often directly linked to our appearance, whether we realize it or not. Dressing well takes advantage of this finding and allows us to literally dress for success.

The symbolism behind what you wear has more of an impact on your behavior and self-confidence than the clothes themselves. These studies show that when you wear an outfit that you associate with intelligence and power, you’re likely to do better and feel better than when wearing clothing that you associate with sloppiness or low-skilled work.
However, not everyone needs to jump into an Armani suit to feel good about themselves. Dressing in clothes that make you feel YOUR best benefits your confidence the most, whether you’re wearing a football jersey or a designer suit.

Beyond showing off your personal style, there are a few other things you can do to help you dress your best and increase your confidence:

1. Wear clothes that fit

Take the time to measure yourself properly and try on your clothes before you buy. Have your clothes altered by your tailor for a perfect fit, if you have the means. Well-fitting clothes are flattering for your figure and they also make you appear more put together and in control.

2. Dress appropriately for the season

Always dress for the weather outside. This keeps you comfortable and shows that you are sensible and fashionable. Make sure you have a quality jacket for winter, a few light sweaters for spring and fall, and some flattering summer clothes.

3. Dress for the occasion

If you’re required to present at a meeting, wear whatever makes you feel the most intelligent and powerful. This will more than likely be a suit or other business attire, but it could also be a worker’s uniform such as scrubs and a lab coat. Likewise, if you need to be creative, wear clothing that makes you feel open-minded and inventive. Always pay attention to the attributes you give to your clothing before you put them on and start your day.

Throw-Back Thursday -fashion

 Just like old music, movies and books coming back into style in the 21st century, we have seen many fashion trends in the ’60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s coming back in trend in the 21st century. As tastes change and generations draw inspiration from previous decades, it’s no surprise that some of our current trends are a mixed bag of past decade’s fashion trends. The best part is that you do not have to buy these items new, you can rent them, look through your mother’s wardrobe or find them in thrift stores. Below, we explore the top 10 most classic fashion trends that have made a comeback.

1. Mom Jeans

Known for their high waisted, loose-fitting and tapered around the ankle look, mom jeans were incredibly popular back in the ’90s and have made a strong comeback in the 21st century with many new ways to style them. Say goodbye to skinny jeans because mom jeans are the new thing. Jeans are usually quite easy to find at thrift stores, which is a great way to reduce waste, and you can pair them with boots and belts for an off-duty model look.

2. Corduroy

Corduroy was incredibly popular in the ’70s and was mainly used for children’s clothing. Coming back into fashion in this era, we see corduroy everywhere. From jackets, pants, handbags, shirts and skirts, corduroy is the new fashionable material.

3. Chunky Sneakers

Chunky sneakers were a trend that nobody thought would come back into style again. But like they were in the ’80s, these have made a huge comeback, with many designer brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga rocking the chunky sneaker.

4. Scrunchies

Hair accessories have been a massive part of fashion since the beginning of time. It’s no surprise that society has gone through their fair share of trendy hair accessories. But, in this 21st century, scrunchies have made a return to the fashion game. Not only fashionable amongst your fellow peers, but many celebrities are also rocking this trend too. Scrunchies are actually quite easy to make yourself using fabric scraps for a more sustainable and economical approach.

 5. Silk Scarves

Silk scarves were a big hit in the ’50s and are a big hit today. We aren’t wearing our silk scarves as we did in the ’50s. Instead, we’re becoming more creative, turning our silk scarves into tops, hair accessories and even sometimes a matching skirt and top. See if you can repurpose old scarves of your own or your parents instead of throwing them out.

6. Bike Shorts

Having their moment in the ’80s and then again in the ’90s and now in the 21st century, bike shorts keep coming back as a hot trend in fashion. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West and Bella Hadid are seen rocking pairing these shorts with oversized sweaters, t-shirts and often with a pair of chunky sneakers. Talk about bringing old trends to life!

7. Flared Pants

We all know the 70’s staple, flared pants. And unbeknownst to everybody, they’ve made a comeback in today’s world. We are seeing this silhouette due to the retro style coming back into fashion. Not only are we seeing more and more people rock them at festivals, but also in their everyday life.

8. Denim

Seemingly, ripped jeans appear to be coming back every 5-10 years. In the 80’s, ripped denim was a staple in many of our closets. And no surprises that, ripped denim is once again popular. Seen mostly on ripped jeans and jackets, it is slowly becoming a staple in our closet again.

9. Bum bags

Bum bags are a hands-free accessory that used to be incredibly popular in the ’80s and even ’90s. Though they fell out of fashion in the 2000’s, we are seeing bum bags becoming more and more popular today. Not only are they convenient and easy to carry, but they are also becoming a staple in the fashion industry. You can find designer ones at thrift stores or rent it online from sites like The Volte to stand out for a specific event, such as the famous Gucci bum bag. Instead of buying a trendy piece that you’ll wear once or twice, consider hiring a piece of clothing for the night.

10.  Puffy Sleeves

Puffy sleeves are coming back as a fashion trend with a bang. Mirroring the late 1800’s trend of puffy sleeves, the modern 21st-century puffy sleeve is a lot more elegant and modern. They are often seen paired with high waisted skirts and flared pants. Looking at more sustainable brands with better quality shirts means these types of basic styles will last you way into the future.