It’s easy to enjoy dressing fashionably. You get to try out new clothes that exemplify the latest trends, and it just feels good. There’s a certain boost you get keeping up with the times, and of course you’re likely to look in the mirror and determine that you like the way you look. But there’s more to the idea of stylish dressing than these surface level perks.
These are a few of the actual psychological and scientific benefits to dressing fashionably, which you may want to keep in mind next time you’re updating your wardrobe.
Most of us have some sense, however vague it may be, that dressing fashionably can be a confidence boost. Looking your best will always help you to act confidently, and wearing new things can boost your general optimism as well. But if you’ve ever wondered, there actually is scientific backing to the idea that wearing stylish, up-to-date clothing can truly improve your confidence. Vogue actually discussed this in an article, noting a social psychology study in which subjects who donned white coats typical of doctors performed better on tests than people who wore street clothes. Dressing in clothes associated with intelligence and studiousness actually made them score better on tests! This offers strong support for the notion that wearing fashion-forward clothing can alter our outlook and performance in subconscious (and significant) ways.
Projection Of Success
This too is something we tend to have a vague sense of, but which it’s difficult to confirm or put into exact terms without a social or scientific study. As it so happens, there is actually a known psychological phenomenon called the “Halo Effect” that supports the idea that people view us as more impressive and successful simply because of how we dress. A piece on how casino dealers can manipulate gamers through their own attire delves into this effect, noting specifically how we ascribe to celebrities sexiness, attractiveness, high status, power, and a host of other positive traits – often simply because of how they look. Wear a stylish, up-to-date, and well-tailored outfit (and keep yourself generally clean-cut), and you might quite literally be projecting success.
Attention To Detail
There was another article that looked into various perks of dressing well, and made a few shallow, silly points (such as “ladies love a well-dressed man”). But within the article the point was also made that a fashionable approach shows potential employees your attention to detail. We’d extrapolate and say that it gets you in touch with your attention to detail. You can’t always dress nicely without being able to notice and address little things: the knot in a tie, a perfect ironing job, how to match accessories, etc. These are things you can always learn more at and improve upon, and they may just make an impact in your broader life, such that being more fashionable can actually make you more diligent in all kinds of tasks.