Have you ever put on the perfect outfit that hugs you in all the right places, flatters your figure, and makes you feel like your most beautiful and bold self? Maybe it was your wedding dress the day you walked down the aisle, or the power suit that landed you your dream job, or even the LBD that you wore on your first date. That is just one example of how clothes can impact your mood, thoughts, and behaviors.
Scientific research has proven that the clothes we wear can heavily influence all of these areas of our day to day life. There have been multiple studies done on Enclothed Cognition and the power of personal style. The clothes we wear are more than just the clothes we wear. They have meaning. They have an impact. They have relevance to who we are and where we are going in life.
I’m sure by now you have heard of the saying “dress for the job you want”, but I would like to encourage you to take it a step further and dress for the life you want. If our clothing truly has such an impact on our emotional and physical presence, wouldn’t it be wise of us to start leveraging that? To use it to our advantage like a superpower? To help start tapping into that bold and beautiful energy every single day?
We can use this information to our advantage to help us create the life of our dreams by showing up as the woman we are meant to become. All we have to do is cultivate the mindset of wearing the power suit to work every day, not just in hopes of landing one dream job, but to portray the intelligent, capable woman that we are. One that commands respect and attention without saying a word. A woman that is worthy of her dream job and every promotion that is to come after that. A woman who shows up everyday and works to the best of her ability. A woman who doesn’t hope for a job, but expects it. A woman who has been hand picked by her superiors because she has put herself in the right room, shown up in the right way, and effortlessly magnetizes a career she loves. Are you starting to see how important our style can be?
However, it’s not just about your career. You have the power to align yourself with the life of your dreams, the love of your life, the healthy body, or whatever else you desire just by how you show up. Once you start dressing as your future self, the woman who already has everything you want, you begin to act like her, you think like her, you make the moves she would make, until eventually you are her.
In addition to the powerful psychology of personal style, being a well dressed woman is a testament to your self worth and self respect. There is something to be said about a woman who can enter a room and turn heads just by the way she shows up. She is well dressed, yes. But she is confident. Her shoulders are back, her head is high, and she is radiating. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is so authentically poised.
Now that you know all of this, it doesn’t mean that you have to go out and buy a completely new wardrobe. What it does mean is that you will need to intentionally cultivate your personal style and put more thought and energy into how you are showing up. Besides, chances are you already own quite a few pieces of clothing that already reflect your personal style and the woman you are becoming. There are pieces of her already hanging in your closet, they may just need to be steamed out and thoughtfully styled.
My hope for you is that you take this information and you use it to your advantage to help embody the wonderful woman you are meant to be. My intention is to inspire every woman to elevate her style and start dressing for the life they want. Consider your personal style as a transformative journey that will take you from where you are now, to where (and who) you want to be.
Meet Our Contributor — Ashlee Jaine
Ashlee is a FIT Certified Stylist inspiring women to elevate their style and dress for the life they want. Learn more at How to Elevate Your Style.