Your style says a lot about you. What you wear can inform passersby of your type of employment, as well as your emotions, ambitions and spending habits. And now it’s even launched a whole new type of psychology.

This phenomenon, which experts refer to as the “psychology of dress,” explains not only how psychology determines our clothing choices, but also how to overcome key psychological issues your wardrobe might be bringing to light in your everyday life, or even at work. Shopping and spending behaviors often come from internal motivations such as emotions, experiences and culture, according to top psychologists in this field.

To figure out why clothes are so revealing (of our personalities, that is), what messages they’re sending and how you can use your wardrobe to change how others perceive you—and even how you think about yourself, read ahead.


Americans rely on clothing as an economic and social indicator because there aren’t official marks of rank such as a caste system or aristocracy. It’s what “helps you figure out where you fit in. Especially now, with the economy, with people losing status, maintaining a sense of who we are becomes even more important. Our clothes help place us where we think we want to be.

How To Pick The Most Successful Looking Clothes

Have you ever been told that you can judge a man by his shoes? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. There’s no one piece or style that makes a person look successful. Personally, I believe it’s “the basics” that project the most positive image: the little black dress, the blazer, and pumps. With classics, history has done the work for you. It has lasted throughout time, so you already know it works! They have multiple functions, and it’s appropriate for different age ranges and body types.

On the other hand, there’s no one piece or style that makes a person look unsuccessful. Anything where it looks like you didn’t take the time or make the effort comes across badly. The worst clothing is the kind that tries to undo, ignore or hide where or who you are, or the kind that shows you didn’t pay attention to your body/age/situation…Any clothes that prohibit you from doing your job well just sends the wrong message.


How To Dress To Feel Your Best

When your friend dragged you out of the house and told you, “Get dressed up! You’ll feel better!” after your last breakup/failed interview/lousy day, she was onto something. When you dress in a certain way, it helps shift your internal self. It’s no secret that when we do makeovers, and even actors say that putting on a costume facilitates expression of character, that there is something going on here! That’s just as true for everyday life. To apply this to your everyday life, think about which clothes make you feel powerful? Sexy? In control? Wealthy? The clothes you choose are sending a message to those around you, but also to you, yourself, so choose wisely!

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