I used to believe that dressing well didn’t really matter. Perhaps in a perfect world, one where unicorns prance about and beer flows from your kitchen sink like water, it wouldn’t matter how you dress. In the real world, however, the clothing and accessories you wear send a very clear message to those around you.
How you dress isn’t just about the status you’ve obtained. It’s a look inside your brain and a clue as to what your values are. And while you should never judge a book by its cover, you should be aware that people are constantly judging you based on the way you present yourself. When you start dressing well, you’ll notice these things change in your life.
- People check you out. This one is the most obvious. When you start dressing well, people are going to notice you. Most women don’t necessarily care how well you dress so long as you don’t dress like a homeless street urchin. However, when you begin to take pride in your appearance, it’s inevitable that you’re going to turn some heads.
- People will respect you more. Have you ever been out and noticed a guy in a suit? What did you think about him? If you’re like me, you probably think that guy has some official job and is some kind of boss. When you dress better, people naturally assume that you are better. Use that to your advantage.
- You increase your interview success rate. Informal clothing may hurt business negotiations, according to studies. Those who dressed up tended to obtain more profitable deals when negotiating, while those who dressed down had lower testosterone levels and were less successful in business. If you want to increase your chance of getting a job, then dress better.
- You literally change the way you think. This fascinating study found that the way you dress affects your cognitive levels and impacts how you perceive objects, events, and other people. In other words, when you dress better, you feel better. When you feel better, the way you perceive things changes to match that.
- You’ll receive more compliments. The people around you will start complimenting your style. You may even receive compliments from strangers. This will boost your self-esteem and make you feel more confident. And when you feel more confident, you will act more confident. That has to be a good thing.
- It’ll draw the right kind of attention to you. If you do it wrong, you’ll get all sorts of negative attention (such as the guys who are “peacocking” or trying to draw attention to themselves). However, when you do it right, you’ll draw positive attention to yourself. This positive attention will improve your life in subtle ways.
- You’ll receive more female attention. Ladies love a well-dressed man. Granted, you don’t have to dress like Ryan Gosling, but it helps if you show that you have a unique style. Your clothes are your first line of offense in presenting yourself. If you want more female attention, try improving your wardrobe.
- It will increase your self-confidence. Studies have shown that the way we dress not only affects how people perceive us, but it also affects how you perceive yourself. When you start dressing well, your confidence increases. You’re sending an unconscious message to yourself that you’re worth it.
- People will trust you more. In a study, 200 participants gave their opinions on dentists and doctors based solely on their clothing. The results were that the dentists and doctors who dressed better were perceived as more trustworthy, capable, and easier to talk to. In other words, when you dress better, people tend to trust you more.
- You become a better version of yourself. Despite the fact that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, people will change how they perceive you based on the way you dress. This influences how you think and ultimately how you feel. When you dress better, you feel better.
If you want a quick way to jump-start your self-confidence, then start by changing up your wardrobe to include some nicer pieces. You will find that you’ll start to feel better about yourself, and that will lead to other successes in your life. Remember, style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak, so make that statement count.