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Clothes Make the Man (and Woman)…Smarter

Apr 27, 2012

by Linzee McCray

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Issac B. Singer said, “What a strange power there is in clothing.” But until recently, who knew what you wear has the power to make you pay closer attention?

Everyone’s got a favorite piece of clothing. In my case, it’s a LBD (little black dress) made of some miracle fiber that packs well, is completely comfortable, and looks good with flip-flops or heels. (I’m lying — I never wear heels. But you get the idea.) When I see photos of myself in it, I rarely gag. Knowing I have that dress to pull out at any moment saves me hours of trying on and dismissing pieces of clothing as “too old,” “too young,” “too tight,” “unflattering.” I worry that when my LBD dies (and it’s at least six years old, so the end may be near), my life will be greatly diminished.

Sounds dramatic, I know, but there are some pieces of clothing that just make us feel great. And according to academic researchers, they may even affect the way we think. A recent New York Times article described a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition.” Researchers discovered that people who put on a white doctor’s coat scored higher in tests related to paying attention. When they wore an identical white coat they were told was a painter’s coat, their attention improvement was negligible. And they didn’t pay better attention if they simply looked at the coat — the subject had to be wearing it. The researchers concluded that for clothes to have this kind of effect they must be worn, and the wearer must understand their symbolic meaning (in this case, the doctor’s coat represented the typically scrupulous attention physicians pay to detail).

This white coat research piggybacks onto embodied cognition, the field of research that explores the way our bodies and physical movements affect our abstract thought processes. Embodied cognition studies have shown that if you hold a heavy clipboard you feel more important, and that the experience of washing your hands is associated with moral purity. So while it’s long been known that clothing can affect other’s perceptions of you — think “dressing for success” at job interviews, for example — the white coat study is the first time scientists have proven that the physical act of wearing a particular garment can affect the way your brain functions.

Even without scientific evidence, though, most of us acknowledge that clothing influences our behavior (even if it doesn’t make us smarter). Wearing lacy, racy lingerie may lead to actions (and activities) that differ from those that occur when you’ve donned overalls and gardening clogs. Men in ties typically, gratefully, tug them off when it’s time to kick back. Civil war re-enactors feel so strongly about the historical accuracy of their clothing that they’ll remove digital watches or plastic frame glasses to fully embrace their roles. And major changes in behavior are routine at Halloween, when mousy nerds strut like James Bond in sharkskin suits and in-your-face friends go all demure in nuns’ habits.

Scientists haven’t discovered why this works, just that it does. But now that we know for a fact that clothing with symbolic meaning can enhance our skills, think of the repercussions. If wearing a white lab coat can make us pay closer attention, what clothes might improve our ability to cook dinner, give a speech to a room full of strangers, or heighten our creative spirit?

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4 Featured Comments

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago Featured

    The expression, 'clothes make the man,' would seem to be quite true, according to this research. I think it is a collective experience that we feel good when we are wearing something we know to be flattering. By the same token, we hunch our shoulders and lower our heads somewhat when we wear our 'running errands' clothes. Throughout history, what someone wears is seen as a reflection of status and breeding. That is true whether we are looking at someone else's outfit or our own. Nice article.

  • EngineeredJewelry

    Sarah J. from EngineeredJewelry said 4 years ago Featured

    I think that I disagree with everyone. Yes, I wear different clothes when I am doing different activates, but it is not the clothes that make me act differently. For example: I do not work out because I am wearing shorts. I wear shorts because I am working out. Yes, there is a correlation, but there is not causation.

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago Featured

    What a fascinating article. I had never heard of “enclothed cognition", but it certainly makes sense. At the very end of the article, she asks what type of clothes may increase our ability to heighten the creative spirit. That really gets me thinking about my own personal wardrobe and how my flowy, maxi skirts, vintage dresses and shirts with unique prints make me feel much more creative and expressive.

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 4 years ago Featured

    I completely agree that clothing can make us feel and act differently. To me certain clothing feels like putting on a character, or another side of yourself--work self, date night self, our sporty fit self, etc. Clothing can definitely alter our mannerisms, our confidence--they can help us to empower ourselves, when you think about it. It's the simple difference that 'getting dressed' makes even on a lazy day, or your favorite LBD, or even dressing in a pretty blouse your love for work. Clothes really do make a difference!

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  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago Featured

    The expression, 'clothes make the man,' would seem to be quite true, according to this research. I think it is a collective experience that we feel good when we are wearing something we know to be flattering. By the same token, we hunch our shoulders and lower our heads somewhat when we wear our 'running errands' clothes. Throughout history, what someone wears is seen as a reflection of status and breeding. That is true whether we are looking at someone else's outfit or our own. Nice article.

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio from SpareBedroomStudio said 4 years ago

    I know I definitely feel like a totally different character (or feel like I have the potential to be) if I wear something out of the ordinary. Very interesting...

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 4 years ago

    I am SO happy to see a science article on Etsy!! I'm a scientist by trade, so this research article really pulls my inner brain-strings (instead of heart strings, of course). I've always felt that dressing for a task is so important. Your clothing gives you confidence to do whatever it is you need to do that day, whether it's give a presentation to colleagues or just go the store to pick up groceries. I myself have about 5 go-to dresses now, but the problem is trying to decide which one to wear!!

  • AtomicAttic

    Miles and Aimee Harrison from AtomicAttic said 4 years ago

    I have that one t-shirt that i refuse to let go of... Great article!

  • sadiedesignsca

    Sarah from CAMPandQUARRY said 4 years ago

    First thing I do when I get home is change out of my work clothes. Office clothes. It's true...you feel completely different afterward. Fun article!

  • WeridofWerid

    WeridofWerid from enticingperspective said 4 years ago

    I know when I wear a dress I like (which is extremely rare) I feel a lot more confident.

  • ShopWords

    Ellen from ShopResource said 4 years ago

    I've wondered about this in relation to those of us who work from home and have the option to stay in our pajamas all day . . . does it affect our self image in the long run? Make us feel less professional? Or are we just more comfy?

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens from VogueVixens said 4 years ago

    Oh yes, I've been wearing mainly skirts and dresses for years because they make me feel pretty, and well dressed. Pants make me feel dowdy and slouchy in comparison, I wear them for chores and work where a skirt is not appropriate. That's my headspace concerning clothes, I know others that love their jeans and feel uncomfortable whenever they have to wear a skirt.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons said 4 years ago

    I feel comfy when working at home in casual clothes, but I don't answer the door! Like Judy, I hope no one sees me when I'm wearing "running errands" clothes. If I have time, sometimes I change into something that makes me feel good before I go out grocery shopping.

  • StudioCherie

    Cherie Killilea from StudioCherie said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this thoughtful article.

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok said 4 years ago

    It's totally true! I always feel more confident and authoritative at work when I'm wearing boots whose heels make that click-click-click sound as I walk. (And it takes me three hours to bother to make a cup of coffee on my sweatshirt days off)

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 4 years ago

    this is way cool!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 4 years ago

    Very nice article. Thank you for sharing.

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    Fabulous! Great article!

  • SavonsFrais

    Susann Weinberg from SavonsFrais said 4 years ago

    Mind over matter.

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush from ZenBrush said 4 years ago

    My mother said that you play better tennis when you dress the part!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    I can't believe that some "scientists" got a (probably) huge grant to "prove" something everyone knows, while singularly failing to work out exactly WHY... which is presumeably what science is supposed to do! Surely we all have clothes that make us feel appropriately dressed for whatever the task is that's to hand? That make us feel "smart", "clever", "pretty", "confident" or in some other way generally ready for the fray?

  • atinyforest

    Kimberly from atinyforest said 4 years ago

    Great article - food for thought! Really makes me want to go through my closet and consider how my clothes make me feel, not just how they look.

  • freesoul

    Semira from freesoul said 4 years ago

    Intriguing and very interesting article, thank you!

  • MissesFishes

    Nikol Wikman from NikolWikmanArt said 4 years ago

    great read..thank you!

  • ctwoodcraft

    ctwoodcraft from ctwoodcraft said 4 years ago

    Nice article! Thanks

  • MyHomemadeHome

    Susannah from HandmadeBySusannah said 4 years ago

    So true, I love my skinny jeans and how I feel in them, but at the end of the day its my comfy robe that I look forward to!

  • knitfitt

    Cate Fitt said 4 years ago

    There is no need to wear "errand clothes" that make you want to hide. We all deserve to wear clothes we love and that make us feel confident and attractive. Etsy is a great resource for finding casual clothes that look special while also being affordable.

  • recycledideas

    recycledideas from recycledideas said 4 years ago

    Embodied cognition is a very interesting and exciting line of work in psychology. I am glad to see it getting more attention. There is actually a whole body of scientific research on the role of specialized brain cells called 'mirror neurons' that explain on neurological level why these effects happen. Google 'mirror neurons embodied cognition' and you'll find a bunch of good stuff to read on the subject. ~ Holly, PhD psychologist turned artist =)

  • myMtnStudio

    Nikki Weiss from myMtnStudio said 4 years ago

    Very interesting indeed... thanks for sharing! :)

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    How true this article seems to be-how we dress does/can have an effect on our attitude/actions! I know I personally have noticed that even though I do daycare out of my home, that if I take the extra minutes to wear a nicer shirt even with jeans, I feel more "important" about what I do! Wierd, but true! Great post-thanks!!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Interesting perspective, a good read! Thanks!

  • EngineeredJewelry

    Sarah J. from EngineeredJewelry said 4 years ago Featured

    I think that I disagree with everyone. Yes, I wear different clothes when I am doing different activates, but it is not the clothes that make me act differently. For example: I do not work out because I am wearing shorts. I wear shorts because I am working out. Yes, there is a correlation, but there is not causation.

  • OhMyLuckyStar

    Samantha Hughes from OhMyLuckyStar said 4 years ago

    This is so true. Everyone has their favorite things to wear because they feel amazing in them. I think we all know how much our attitudes can change just based on what we are wearing - for instance, when I am in my pj's all day, I feel like being lazy and rarely get much done. When I get all dressed up, I feel like going out. When I put on my running shoes at the beginning of the day, I am always much more productive. It's strange, but it is what it is. :) Thanks for the article!

  • flourishingagain

    Lacey from FlourishingAgain said 4 years ago

    So my next question is, will clothing help you "fake it until you make it"? It has been proven that a person can "fake" an attitude to effect change in their daily life, so would a wardrobe change help the process?

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 4 years ago

    I never bought in to the dress for success line that teachers and parents would shove down our throats as kids. In my 20s grunge was in and I was comfy, no one could tell me I couldn't get a job because of my appearance...cut to 20 years later and I totally get it now. I was a stubborn rebel but comfortable, it took me a long time to realize how to be comfortable and presentable all in one. Now I look at the younger crowd and shake my head thinking...they will get it one day. We all have to push our boundaries and make mistakes to learn from later in life

  • m0hu

    m0hu from mohustore said 4 years ago

    This might explain why I can never be productive while wearing pyjamas...

  • PatternsAndPlans

    PatternsAndPlans from PatternsAndPlans said 4 years ago

    Interesting! Thanks.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • blueflowervintage

    blueflowervintage from blueflowervintage said 4 years ago

    Love this! Want one of those lab coats for when I do some heavy thinking!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this interesting article.

  • BCbuzz

    BCbuzz from BCbuzz said 4 years ago

    Great article, the more we learn about our amazing minds, the more we find there is to explore! Even more reason to explore Etsy vendors...

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 4 years ago

    DUDE I loved this, I've always felt this way! THANK YOU!!!!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 4 years ago

    Witness the transformation of people in New York City when donning Halloween apparel. The quiet become bold and raucous wearing their super hero clothing!

  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations said 4 years ago

    Very true. Isn' t it interesting how wearing a particular piece of favorite clothing can change your attitude.

  • AlliePeplinDesigns

    Allie Peplin from BittersweetPetite2 said 4 years ago

    Loved this article! I should put more thought into what I wear.

  • cyasarcan

    Canan from Zembil said 4 years ago

    How true!

  • sandboxcastle

    H Wang from sandboxcastle said 4 years ago

    Yeah this is really food for thought - i'm not surprised though- i was always told when doing something you should dress the part to put yourself in the right mindset. And there's tons of research now on how your habbits form around cues in the environment - such as how you are dressed. Great food for thought :) Thanks!

  • sewingfun668

    Sew Wonder from sewwonder said 4 years ago

    Good clothes not only make us look good, theey make us feel good too.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Interesting! I think jewelry can have that effect for woman too.

  • SweetSincerity

    Bethany Coulombe from SweetSincerity said 4 years ago

    This is an absolutely fascinating article that can be especially helpful for those of us who work from home( seeing how most days we can get away with wearing pretty much anything (or nothing) we want. :) It's intriguing how when we put on clothing it becomes part of how we see ourselves. Then, when we see ourselves differently we change our behavior to fit this new self image. I guess fashion is not such a shallow pursuit after all :) Of course, I never thought that anyway...

  • DGEnterprises

    Therese Magnani from DGEnterprises said 4 years ago

    I have found this to be true for me. I gave up wearing t-shirts for the most part as I never felt put together in them. When I am out in public, I want my clothes to reflect my creative side. If I tell someone that I work at home, I feel better saying that when I am wearing clothes that make me feel good. Great article!

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 4 years ago

    Just as everythingok said, when I wear shoes with a certain kind of heel, that's it, I feel like my best self. Also, a skirt or a coat with a certain kind of swing, that's me. I can't wear red comfortably, and could not even as a child. I think our tastes in clothing are as unique as our tastes in food, and just like food, when you get the what you really like, it's delicious! Thank you, Linzee, great article.

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Nice!

  • bluebirdluxe

    Eileen from bluebirdluxe said 4 years ago

    Wow! Fascinating! Kind of reminds me of the study with violinist Joshua Bell playing in a NY subway. Now that I think about it, I do tend to wear certain colors at certain times. Anything business related, I've always worn black and white. Solid as can be and it's always a white top {and pearl earrings ;) I have an orange v-neck 3/4 sleeve t-shirt that I love and it makes me feel so vibrant and outgoing. Though there is a moment when I think people are smiling back because I look like orange sherbet, but I clearly feel a difference in myself and my day when I have that shirt on or maybe it's just the color. And I'm totally willing to try wearing a chef's outfit if it improves my cooking! :) I really want to read the Times article, too!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    It is amazing what clothes can do to us. The more I work with them, the more I love them.

  • mojospa

    mojospa from mojospa said 4 years ago

    This was so fascinating! I love wearing scarves in bright colors to make me feel good. There is definitely something to this data.

  • retromanvintage

    Margarita from retromanvintage said 4 years ago

    The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her. ~Madeleine Vionnet ♥

  • teacuptinctures

    Lane Edwards from PuraBotanicals said 4 years ago

    Love the quote above- beautiful and so true. What we garb our bodies in has the power to permeate inner and outer image. We are what we eat, but we are also what we dress too.

  • loriplanken

    lori planken from Daysgonebytreasures said 4 years ago

    Way Cool love this blog

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 4 years ago

    Interesting article on how clothes affect your mindset and mood. I always feel great in a good outfit.

  • pinkpoppies1991

    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 said 4 years ago

    Loved this article!!

  • ATLIART

    LIAT kires from ATLIART said 4 years ago

    Very interesting article!

  • misspoppys1

    Marie Allen from misspoppys1 said 4 years ago

    I think this is true - what I wear effects me, my confidence, how attractive I feel etc etc. Very interesting.

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 4 years ago

    Great article,thanks for sharing.

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 4 years ago

    Brilliant! This has got me wondering if some clothes might inspire me more than others when I'm working at the bench - I usually just pull on the most comfortable slouchy old togs, but perhaps I should be dressing to suit the occasion I'm creating for!

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 4 years ago

    This is so true. I always feel comfortable wearing my jeans or loose clothes. Everything else always makes me feel nervous...

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Lovely, thanks!!!

  • smilingfrogpets

    Angelica Ross from smilingfrogpets said 4 years ago

    Will someone do a study on why people insist upon wearing pajamas in public? Pajamas are not clothes!

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin from TheSewingGin said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this informative article. Off to change my wardrobe.

  • riorita

    Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry said 4 years ago

    Love this article! So true how my clothing affects my state of mind ...and I never wear high heels either, even though I am a small woman!

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 4 years ago

    Great article. I'm going out to purchase a white lab coat this morning :)

  • BmadeNEW

    rikki colacurcio from BmadeNEW said 4 years ago

    Nice NICE validation for the idea that every single part contributes to the sum of the whole......as in an ecosystem, or a great meal, or an afternoon to remember. Heavy thinkers (in white coats!) have lead many of us to fragment ourselves and put emphasis on say, 'mind' over 'matter'..... ...........while it's true that weight shifts about depending on the task at hand, it's also true that the dance of life requires so many sizes of jingling, sometimes invisible bells ETC., that none of us can really say we have the whole list of what is called for so that each moment is potentially glorious.

  • MegnificentCo

    Meg from MegnificentCo said 4 years ago

    I feel like the opposite is true as well...that you can tell a lot from a person based on how they dress, the fit of the clothing, style, neatness, et cetera. Not only may you feel "smarter" if you are wearing certain clothing, but I also think that when we are in certain mindframes, we choose our clothing accordingly. Often you can tell when somone is feeling particulary confident or bashfully shy based on what outfit they are sporting on any given day.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    I never really thought about it until I think back to those times when I just "had to run to the store" for something and hoping I wouldnt run into anyone I know as I'm in my "work" clothes (sweatpants and a Kid Rock T-shirt) I do have my special occasion clothing but being comfortable while cranking out 20-30 orders a day just makes me feel better! Great article, thanks for sharing!

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    I love getting dressed up, it does give a person a special feeling! Great article!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    i've been thinkin' about this a lot lately... i think it is true, actually i know it :) nice article, by the way! :)

  • chezza3

    chezza3 said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed this post - particularly as I blog about what people wear to work! And in a nice instance of synchronicity, I actually hopped onto etsy to find some pieces to wear with my own LBD - I'm wearing one to work once a week for the whole year to show all the different ways we can style a LBD for work! As such, I was pretty excited Linzee to see your own enthusiasm for LBDs - thanks for a great piece!

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    I've always felt great wearing white.

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly said 4 years ago

    Love to get dressed up, it does make on feel better! Great article!

  • AmazinMaisie

    AmazinMaisie from AmazinMaisie said 4 years ago

    This is fascinating. I teach at the local college, and across the board we're having trouble with students focusing. Wonder where I can get a set of coats for my classes?

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 4 years ago

    Really interesting notes! I do not have my own LBD, but for me works jeans and linen dress for summer time.. I feel more confident wearing in jeans and black t-shirt. I think it is some classic combination too..

  • AzimuthVintage

    Traci McKnight from AzimuthVintage said 4 years ago

    Great read! Thank you:)

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago Featured

    What a fascinating article. I had never heard of “enclothed cognition", but it certainly makes sense. At the very end of the article, she asks what type of clothes may increase our ability to heighten the creative spirit. That really gets me thinking about my own personal wardrobe and how my flowy, maxi skirts, vintage dresses and shirts with unique prints make me feel much more creative and expressive.

  • DesignsbyIris1

    IRIS WAKEFIELD from 1ofaKindJewlrybyIris said 4 years ago

    You hit the nail on the head !! I find if I am wearing something that I feel good in and feel that I look good in it as well, it affects my personality, I am much more outgoing ( my husband would say, a chatty Kathy ) and strike up conversations with pretty much anyone I see ! Its all about self confidence.

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    Michaelann from VintageFrocksOfFancy said 4 years ago

    Love this blog post!!! I have an adorable vintage apron that is white, red and green and has darling 50s graphics of menus, salt and pepper shakers and oil and vinegar receptacles. Whenever I put this on while I start my dinner I feel like getting so creative! In addition to what I was originally making I look in my cupboard and frige to see what else I can concoct!! This article helps me understand why now!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    Krista from TheBeadtriss said 4 years ago

    Rather interesting! ~Krista

  • ReginasArt

    Regina from ReginasArt said 4 years ago

    Great article! Clothing can totally change your mood and make you feel more confident.

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 4 years ago

    Great article! This reminds me so much of the classic Milgram experiment. Because a scientist was wearing a white jacket and telling the participant what to do, the participant was more likely to lethally shock another human! Another good example is Zimbardo's classic prison study. Once those college students put on the guard uniform, they become a different person. They become the "man in charge" and started treating their fellow students, who were playing prisoner, very badly. It's amazing how clothing can influence human behavior so drastically! Thanks for sharing!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka said 4 years ago

    such a thought provoking read!! Thanks guys!

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC said 4 years ago

    What an interesting article, thank you for sharing! :)

  • misponko

    Liudmila Rosario Ponko from PonkoWorld said 4 years ago

    love it!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Interesting article!

  • CecilandCo

    Lisa from CecilandCo said 4 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • paisleybeading

    LuAnn Poli from PaisleyBeading said 4 years ago

    Terrific article! I am in complete agreement. (Way back) in 1975, John T. Molloy came out with a book called "Dressed for Success". Two years later, his version for women was published. In college, this book was strongly recommended to us. The point was to not only show us how to dress for interviews, but also to help us transition from sweatpants, jeans and tee shirt to smart business attire. Amazing how clothing can not only effect a person on the outside, but also on the inside. Posture changes, grammar improves, voice intonations sound more controlled, handwriting becomes more professional, and so on. Most amazing, however, is the transformation of the wearer's level of confidence. That certain self-assured "can-do" attitude. Molloy has since done "The new" versions of these books with updated ideas. Though thoughts on what is appropriate business attire have loosened up dramatically through the years, this still might be a good book for all of us to read. No telling what tips we may find to help us exude and ingest a more confident outlook on life!

  • CamelsAndCustard

    Holly from CamelsAndCustard said 4 years ago

    Really interesting article! Clothing does have a huge impact on your attitude and behavior :)

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 4 years ago

    Great article! My grandmother taught me that owning a few well-made pieces of clothing was a better strategy than owning a lot of pieces that weren't all that great. Putting on a great dress made of incredible fabrics has always made me instantly feel more beautiful, and it lasts forever. And that feeling can only be achieved by owning something made by hand, with love.

  • billkull

    William Kull said 4 years ago

    So very true. When I was dressed in a flight suit, antigravity g-suit, cold water survival suit, gloves, helmet, goggles & oxygen mask and strapped onto a parachute in an ejection seat, I really felt comfortable in what I was doing. Without these clothing articles, I'm certain the comfort level would have been considerably less. - BK

  • GraysonDesigns11

    GraysonDesigns11 from GraysonDesigns11 said 4 years ago

    Kind of makes me want to send my son to school in a white lab coat. Kidding of course. I do feel the truth in this article. I always feel confident and optimistic when I am clothed well.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Interesting idea, I've thought for a while that our outward appearance affects how other people perceive us but I guess there's also the inner self too. I feel more confident when I'm dressed smart so I guess that makes sense!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    hmmm...I always thought it was a great pair of shoes....

  • CTCosta

    Chris Costa from CTCostaPhotography said 4 years ago

    Great article..thanks for sharing!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    Wow... totally agree! Cooking in an "I Love Lucy" type outfit with a cute apron definitely puts me in a happy kitchen cooking place. I once knew an adorable french woman that cleaned her house in a Cinderella costume to make cleaning up after three men more tolerable.

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

    I never knew clothes had such an influence like that. Great article!

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 4 years ago

    I feel more 'human' in a suit.

  • blmcdaniel

    Blake McDaniel from blmcdaniel said 4 years ago

    nice photo . they look almost like nurses from the 1950s.

  • sarahndipities

    Sarah from Sarahndipities said 4 years ago

    This is very interesting...thanks for sharing your insight!

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 4 years ago Featured

    I completely agree that clothing can make us feel and act differently. To me certain clothing feels like putting on a character, or another side of yourself--work self, date night self, our sporty fit self, etc. Clothing can definitely alter our mannerisms, our confidence--they can help us to empower ourselves, when you think about it. It's the simple difference that 'getting dressed' makes even on a lazy day, or your favorite LBD, or even dressing in a pretty blouse your love for work. Clothes really do make a difference!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    This shows how mind over matter is so true. We can be almost anything with the right clothes on. So imagine what a hat does for your self esteem.

  • dawnandross

    Cody and April Peavy from dawnandross said 4 years ago

    WOW...we were reading thru the blogs today and came upon this one...we didn't know one of our vintage photos was the main photo. how exciting!!! this was a wonderful find and thank you so much for including our photo. Great read too! DawnandRoss

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