There are two kinds of people in the world – the ones who can spend hours trying to pick the perfect colored tie or pencil skirt to wear to work, and the ones who would cause a hectic reaction at the office if they ever got out of their t-shirt and sweat pants.
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the latter, it’s been shown time and time again that dressing sharp and smart can bring you more benefits than otherwise. The power of ‘dress for success’ is much stronger than you may think. If you’re one sloppy dresser who refuses to gain more respect just by dressing well, the following points are going to piss you off. But that doesn’t mean you can’t accept them…eventually, anyway. The most fascinating part about all this is that dressing well actually makes an impact on both you and other observers. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here are reasons why you should take ‘dress for success’ very, very seriously.
Reasons To Dress Well That Involve Other People
It attracts positive attention
Basically, when you look smart, successful and confident, the same type of people will begin to enter your life.
It allows you to make a good first impression
People who take the time to wear well-fitted, stylish clothes make a much more positive first impression than those who don’t. Unfortunately, this has everything to do with judgment. As much as we’re told not to judge a book by its cover, people still do every single day. Instead of trying to beat basic human behavior, take advantage of the fact that you have some pretty nice clothes in the closet and stop neglecting them!
It makes you more respectable
This may sound pretty sad, but research has shown that people who are dressed well gain more respect than those who don’t. At job interviews, for instance, those who dress exactly at the level that they’re applying for are more likely to gain the respect of the interviewer and thus gain the position.
Reasons To Dress Well For Yourself
Enough about other folks! Does ‘dress for success’ do me any favors? Absolutely.
So you’re a stay-at-home, self-employed businessman and you like how you can create your own dress code. Great! But let me just quickly tell you that by staying in those boxers all day, you will not get nearly as productive as if you changed into a sharp, well-fitted suit.
It boosts self-confidence
You may have been denying this statement for years now, but when you look good, you feel good – that’s a fact. Dressing well, even when you’re at home, will instantly boost your self-esteem and make you feel a million dollars. The psychological effect that takes place the minute you put on that vibrant silk dress paired with some pumps is amazing. An improvement in self-confidence will help you rise to the challenges that come your way and tackle them successfully rather than being fearful.
It improves mood
People who dress better have been shown to be friendlier and more polite than those who don’t. Surprise? I don’t think so. It makes sense that when you look your best, you start to feel that way too, allowing you to spread more positive vibes.
It keeps you prepared
Going to run some quick errands? You never know who you’ll pass by. When you’re dressed to impress, you will greet these people with a smile full of confidence and enthusiasm.
It makes you more productive
Even when you’re not seen by others, making the effort to dress well can actually boost productivity. Research has shown that those who dress sharp have a higher drive to get things done and are able to focus for longer periods of time. Scientists suggest that this takes place because dressing well makes you take yourself more seriously.
If you’re not the biggest fashionista, don’t take the points mentioned on this article as insults! Instead, try to understand that science has spoken and that changing out of that old t-shirt and jeans will do you more good than you think.