By RAYANN ABDO
A study published in “Social Psychological and Personality Science” found that when people wore formal business attire and completed a series of experiments that challenged their cognitive processing abilities, those who dressed up felt “significantly more powerful” and “in control of the situation.” ( Angelita Hutabarat / Ethic Photo)
Will you choose jeans or sweatpants? Is it a cute outfit kind of day or a too tired to care day? These questions and so many more often go through our heads when standing in the closet and contemplating your choices. Waking up early for school isn’t usually one of our happiest moments and sometimes it can affect how we dress. Similarly, staying up late will probably make you reconsider carefully selecting your outfit for the next day. When it comes down to it, choosing our outfit for the day all depends on our mood. A simple yet stylish outfit can brighten your mood whereas an extremely comfy outfit might make you more tired.
Fashion is not just about wearing clothes that fit the current trends; it is more about finding clothes that make you feel good and confident in your own skin. As nobody has the same personality or style, you shouldn’t choose what to wear based solely on the fashion choices of others. Your clothes should make you, and only you, feel good. Fashion is about finding a way to express yourself and show the world who you are.
Many people choose to dress according to what their mood is telling them to that day. Just as our mental state can affect how we dress, the clothing we wear can either confirm or challenge our mood. For example, you might dress in bright, happy colors when you are feeling the exact opposite to cheer yourself up. Modern science suggest that mood can be influenced just by viewing certain “happier” colors such as specific shades of yellow or green.
Cognitive psychologists Hajo Adam and Adam Galinksy from Northwestern University have found that the clothing we wear affects our psychological states, as well as our performance levels. For this tendency they coined the term, “enclothed cognition.” Enclothed cognition describes the effect clothes have on an individual’s emotions, attitudes and judgements. It can be seen when you wear a certain outfit that you feel looks flattering or a favorite of yours, and the resulting effect is overall improved confidence or a more optimistic outlook.
Clothes affect our mood whether we notice it or not. They can make us feel powerful, upset, confident or insecure. We all have our good and bad days, and that’s perfectly fine. So why not let your fashion preferences express you and your feelings every day?