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4 ways clothing affects your confidence

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

It sounds extreme, but I've always thought that clothing could change the world. Why? Because your clothing affects your confidence, and if you feel good about yourself, you'll be able to put the best version of yourself out into the world. Sometimes it just takes a great outfit to give you the confidence to get up and do something productive. Here are four ways clothing affects your confidence.

1. Your clothing can positively change your body image.

It's all about how clothing fits and makes you feel. It's important to highlight the parts of your body you love most. This will help improve your body image. It doesn't mean that you need to spend a lot of money on designer clothing; however, you should be dressing in clothing that is flattering and appropriate.

If you're going to a meeting, opt for a pair of fitted slacks instead of jeans. It's a simple switch that will immediately make you appear more professional and more authoritative. Similarly, by switching out a sweater for a blazer, you will make your look more polished and command more respect.

2. Dressing based on your body forces you to be more mindful.

Looking for an outfit that flatters your figure and makes you feel confident actually forces you to be more mindful. When you strive to be mindful about one aspect of your life (in this case, style) you will likely become more mindful as a whole.

I live by the motto that you can never be too overdressed, and it's almost always been right! If you dress mindfully and in a way that makes you feel confident, you will be able to communicate more effectively and command more respect. Plus, studies have shown that dressing to impress enhances people's ability to engage in abstract thinking.

3. Your clothing enables you to strive toward your goals.

 

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. You've probably heard this before, but there's a reason why it keeps coming up! Work hard, be respectful of others and dress as if you're the boss. There's something empowering about dressing "up." It changes your demeanor, and studies have shown that it influences the way we think. I always recommend dressing up for phone interviews, because it makes a difference in how you think and how you speak.

We're often able to think more clearly and efficiently when dressed in workwear, because it differentiates us from a more laid-back and social environment in which one would wear casual clothing.

4. Your clothing allows you to change how people see you.

It's really empowering when you realize that you control how people see you and what image you put out there. Whether or not it's right, it's human nature to judge others based on their clothing and appearance. Take advantage of what you can, and dress in a way that makes you feel strong, powerful, and valuable.

Think about how often we judge people almost immediately based on their appearance. Clothing is a tool that can help you take control of how people see you and manipulate their viewpoint. Do you want to appear as a strong, knowledgeable and confident individual? Your clothing can help with that! Use your clothing to positively affect your confidence by taking the opportunity to show people who you are and what kind of person you want to be.

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(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at thesassypeach@gmail.com, or follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/thesassypeach.)

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