Dressing up has proven to have the ability to boost your mood and overall confidence.
Leaving the house in a wrinkled top, stretched out jeans and shaggy, uncombed hair can have you feeling like a crap all day.
Nothing feels better than looking good.
You feel great, you act happier and you’re more personable towards the people around you, but a first impression is truly based on your appearance. When you look the part, people will believe you can perform better. So why not dress to impress?
Are you on a budget? Dressing up doesn’t require you to have a closet full of expensive clothes, you can dress better with the little you have.
Just start by aiming for the good stuff. Strive to purchase pieces that will boost your look and create a vision of success through your ensembles.
So whether you are running to the market or heading into the office, start practicing the act of dressing up.
Here are some reasons why you need to dress well
You don’t need to stay on top of every passing trend; however you should be thinking about your basic appearance every day.
Clothing is the primary instrument in creating a positive first impression: People are superficial, not just as a cultural phenomenon but as a hardwired instinct going all the way back to when our brains needed to make snap judgments on what was a thorn about to prick us and what was a tiger about to feed on us.
We tend to be done formulating our initial opinion of someone before we actually spoke to them. That means that your clothing is going to have a direct effect on people’s default assumptions of you – the better you’re dressed, the more respect and attention they’re going to automatically give you.
Clothing can increase your perceived status among your peers: Even after the first impression is over, your clothing can help improve people’s reactions towards you. Society is visually -based and better-dressed men routinely experience better treatment and service than their sloppier counterparts. Clothing serves as a substitute for character in the eyes of people who don’t know you well enough to judge you by anything else.
That may sound uncalled for, but it’s true. Whether we think it should be or not. Your appearance may not mean much to you, but it does to the people who see you every day, making it worth caring about.
Dressing sharp helps with your confidence: One of the first pieces of advice you need to take heed to is to get your personal appearance under control. People tend to perform better in life when they feel that they deserve to perform better. The automatic assumption that a well-dressed man should be treated with respect works when it’s your reflection in the mirror, too.
A few minutes spent checking yourself in the mirror before you leave home reinforces the idea that you deserve success and good treatment in your own mind.
The requirements of dressing sharp teach responsibility: As silly as it sounds, caring for your appearance will make you a more responsible person. You wind up keeping track of details like which shoes need to be shined and which shirts need to be ironed, and (unless you live with someone who loves you very much) you usually have to do those things yourself. It reinforces mental habits of attention to detail and planning ahead that translate usefully into any career or skill.
A good dresser notices detail in others: Once you start paying attention to details of collar shape, pocket square selection, and all the other little details of dressing well, you start to notice them on other men. And those men are noticing them on you too, expect once you start really putting some time and effort into your appearance, to start seeing approving nods from other well-dressed men.
A really well put-together outfit is as good as a handshake for introducing you into a secret and elite society of men (and you don’t even have to wear one of those little fez hats).
Dressing sharp makes you more useful at work: Doesn’t matter what your job happens to be and who you’re working for, or even if you’re your own boss, if you’re well dressed that you can step away from work and into a meeting with a client, customer, or supervisor without advance preparation, you’re more useful. Having a casual, day-to-day presentation to step into any situation and look respectable is a huge advantage in the working world.
Colours and patterns speak for you: Once you start to learn more about them, specific colours and patterns begin to display their own unique advantages. Blues convey youth, browns openness and trustworthiness; deep greys somberness and dignity, each can be the best choice for a situation where many other colours would be equally appropriate but not as ideal.
And by thinking about colours and patterns in a meaningful way, rather than just throwing together anything that doesn’t clash too badly, you may save yourself from being the guy whose tie seems to ripple.
Specific clothing pieces make statements about you: Uniforms and semi-uniform looks like the doctor’s white coat are obvious symbols of the wearer’s status or role. More subtle effects can convey nearly as much detailed information for a man who takes his time to plan the outfit well. Clothes can proclaim everything from your profession to your passions or both at once.
Good looking men call the shots: When all is said and done, the best reason to take time with your clothing and appearance is to take charge of your life. Well-dressed men have already taken the way the world sees them into their own hands, and the added respectability and authority people afford them, allows them to call the shots in group situations as well.
Looking good improves your overall mood and personality: When you dress well, it improves your overall mood during your outing, it makes you feel good and it increases personality, but when you are not well dressed, you tend to have low self-esteem.
You never know who you will run into. You may run into someone that will think highly of you and if you are not well dressed, you may feel embarrassed, degraded or looked down upon. Don’t you want to look your best?
Giving a damn about your appearance is a way of caring how much control you have over your own life, not just over what colour of cloth to wear in the morning.
Remember that the way you are dressed is the way you will be addressed, when you want to wear that tattered cloth that won’t speak well of your personality, think about these reasons why you need to dress well. Dress well so that you can be addressed in a respectable manner.