Dressing for success isn’t just vanity, there is a science to the importance of dressing professionally and how successful you are at work, or at a job interview.Whether you like it or not, your clothing communicates – and it can have a serious affect on your ability to achieve success.However, in the temporal realm of mere mortals, fair or not, people judge us by the way we look and that includes the way we dress.” Especially in the workplace, clothing significantly influences how others perceive you and how they respond toward

Increased confidence

Ever heard of the term embodied cognition? No, neither did we. Embodied cognition is the thought that what we wear affects your thoughts and processes.

Several studies have been done on this, revolving around assigning groups to wear a lab coat and perform tasks, and a control group who did the same tasks wearing regular clothes. Those with the lab coats performed better each time. What you wear can influence how you behave so if you have an important meeting suit up or dress smart (wearing black is always a safe option) and give yourself the best chance of performing

Your clothing can make you a better thinker

In addition to feeling more powerful, the study also found that the subjects who dressed in business formal clothing could think faster on their feet and had more creative ideas. The scientists speculated that how you dress can change your perception of the objects, people, and events around you—sparking fresh ideas and a new point of view.

Enhance your productivity

Have you ever tried to work at home while wearing your pyjamas or tracksuit bottoms? What we wear can affect how we perform.

If you have the freedom to wear whatever you like to the office, pay attention to how you feel when dressed-down vs. dressed-up, and use this to determine what to wear to achieve maximum productivity. Some of us perform just as well dressed down, whereas others react well to “dressing the part.”

Fashion and style are often seen as frivolous or unimportant, but what we wear is an expression of who we are and influences how we behave and how we are treated. Dressing is an individual thing. What makes one person feel put together and smart could make another feel uncomfortable and staid. Be mindful of what you choose to wear to work, try out different styles and wear the clothes that make you feel most confident.

Monitor the effect on your wellness and productivity, you could be pleasantly surprised at how “dressing for success” really can improve your confidence at work and daily productivity.

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