Clothes and self perception – Start feeling more positive
I hope you are having a nice Thursday so far!
After this month of January, that involved an extra dose of stress at work, an interesting break up and a couple of bad news, I have decided to change some of my daily habits for a more positive life and a faster and healthier recovery. Getting off my bed every morning, going to those special places in London that I enjoy so much, finding new artistic inspiration, visiting new places, reading new books, starting a healthier diet, going to the gym -and attending these awesome fit boxing classes- are just some of the measures I had taken that have indeed made my life and world a better place to be happy in. However, and surprisingly, what made the biggest difference was definitely giving more importance to the ritual of getting dressed every day.
How we dress up can determine in many ways how we feel about ourselves and it has a direct impact on our self-esteem and self-confidence. Even our choice of perfume can make a big difference in our mood and behaviour over our day. Scientifically speaking, this phenomenon is known by the term of “enclothed cognition” and it was one of my best findings on the New York Times when I was doing my bachelor’s final research project about the role of psychology behind beauty products. It is a fact that clothes do also say to us, not only about us. As Karen J. Pine affirmed on her book Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion, “when we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it”.
If you need to make your day more beautiful, dress beautifully. That’s where a change can begin. Seek for new adventures in new places, start seeing grey as a beautiful colour and make yourself feel confident on your own shoes.
Who said once “stressed, depressed, but always well dressed”?
Outfit of the day
Coat – Stradivarius
Skirt – Zara (See my haul video, on my previous post)
Shoes – Zara
Bag – Zara