Do You Control What You Wear or Does It Control You?
What is that you may be asking. Scientist claim this as “…the symbolic meaning of the clothes and the physical experience of wearing them.”
For women, we all have that favorite shirt, dress, pants and shoes we put on and feel confident in.
For men, you may have that fav shirt, pants, shoes or suit you feel confident in. Have you noticed maybe when you dress up for a special occasion how you feel? Maybe you feel confident, feel like you look great and are in a good mood. What about how you feel when you put on casual clothes. Do you feel more relaxed? Have you noticed maybe you walk and hold yourself dependent on what you have on?
This is just a thought and I encourage you to share your opinion. I think that we may not really think about how we dress affects our self-image. We may not consciously think about it, but upon reflecting, I can say there could be some truth to it. There was a point in my life where I didn’t really care too much about dressing up, but wore my casual jeans, shirt and shoes, put my hair up in a ponytail and went about my day. Not saying I felt negative about my self-image but I did find myself more laid back, didn’t really care what others thought and just not so much into how I look. I was at a point where I was making some life changes and getting a little discouraged about reaching my goals. Even when going out on the night scene where one would normally dress up, I wore comfortable clothes and didn’t give it much thought.
I was at a point where I was working on myself internally and not so much looking for the opposite sex attention. Not saying that’s the only reason. Maybe how I dressed reflected that.
The only reason I can say this is because I noticed something one day. I had to attend a career fair for school for a class introducing the CO-OP process. We had to dress up. I bought a nice business suit, put on my short heels and attended. I walked with a heightened sense of presence and I even felt different. I began to think about my goal of being a CEO of a technology company and thought to myself “This is what I’d be wearing to an important meeting” and even just felt a newfound confidence. As I thought about it, I began to think to myself that maybe what we wear can give us a sense of certain ways we feel or carry ourselves.
I invite you to reflect and think about was there a time in your life you felt great or even didn’t feel so great.
Think about what you were wearing and then think about a time you wore a certain outfit and reflect about how you felt.
It’s interesting but you may find that possibly this “enclothed cognition” relates to you in some way whether you realize it or not.