SOCIAL ARMOR

SOCIAL ARMOR

Have you ever thought of the possibility that the way you dress and your sense of fashion in its entirety can have something to do with not just your mood or health but also with your level of confidence?

If yes, then you are very correct.

And the most interesting thing is, scientists have a name for that phenomenon and they call it 'enclothed cognition.' Two professors: Adam Hajo and Adam A. Galinsky expressed enclothed cognition as "involving the co-occurrence of two independent factors -- the symbolic meaning of the clothes and the physical experience of wearing them."

In actuality, assembling an outfit is similar to selecting an armor except that this armor is for social occasions and not war. It is such that the kind of cloth we wear will determine the way we are going to behave in public. Professor Karen J. Pine of the University of Hertfordshire wrote that "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."

You can't possibly wear a suit and act in public like you were dressing casually. You tend to act more powerful in your suit than you would in your track pants and cozy shirt, as the suit gives you more confidence.

Clothing gives people a certain perception of the kind of person you are, be it right or wrong and this in turn influence how they are going to respond to you. It is only natural to perceive someone dressed in a suit as more responsible than one dressed in shorts and loose-fitting shirts. (Not that the opinion should matter.)

During a survey conducted by KIA of what makes people feel confident, they found for women: high heels, designer perfume and a little black dress, while for men, new suit, nice smelling aftershave and a freshly shaved face.

Tips on dressing confidently

Define your style

This is probably the most important secret you can find on self -confidence and coincidentally, for dressing. Stay true to yourself and rejoice in your uniqueness. Know what you like, not just on yourself but also on other people. Find that style that will make your every outfit personal, helping you exude that confidence to just about anyone.

Love your skin

Not only your skin here but your body and your face; to feel confident, you have to be proud of yourself, and loving that person in the mirror is a good place to start.

Wear a smile.

The best accessory to all outfits is a smile. It makes you approachable, makes people want to listen to you and be around you (if they can stop talking) and it also makes you feel more confident.

Show off your assets

If you have features you find appealing, play to them. This will not only make you feel more confident, it will also make you find clothes that will look better on you, and probably help you find that style. For example, if you are in love with the color of your eyes, wear colors that make them more pronounced. If you like your waistline, wear clothes that accentuate them, same for your height. Play to your strengths.

The next time you decide on choosing your social armor, ask yourself, how does it make you feel? And also, what message is it transmitting to the world.

Most importantly, choose your armor based on the way it lets you carry yourself and your self-confidence.

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