Look Good, Feel Good

Clothes shape behavior and performance

Mena Walker, Staff Writer

Did you know your mood can change based on the clothes you wear? 

Putting on different clothes can impact different mental processes: our mood and performance. We consider clothes to be powerful, fun and so on. Wearing clothes can also build identities and regulate attraction, functions and impressions — it can shift emotions that in turn contribute to self-concept. 

With the help of a variety of clothes, perception can be shaped. We are given the opportunity to find who we might be in a world of clothes and decide for ourselves what fashion sense we want to wear.

We dress up in colors that determine our moods. Kind of like a mood ring. With well-fitting, brighter clothes, personalities are happy, but with dark and plainer clothes, we’re either depressed or gloomy. If we make a decision to wear clothes we are comfortable wearing along with a good attitude, the more self-reliant we become. Mostly, we usually dress in our inner aesthetic. There will be people who are comfortable wearing only darker hues because it’s their signature style together with people who love lighter hues. 

This creativity is not always expressed, however; In many movies, such as “Mean Girls,” people dress like their friends or dress to please their friends so they have some semblance of uniformity and closeness even when they don’t feel as comfortable in that style. 

Not only does dressing fitfully help perceive others’ personalities but it improves and increases confidence. Clothing works as a tool to help you gain ownership. Most of us have that one outfit or shirt, jeans, pants, and shoes we love to wear. I love this one pair of ripped jeans I bought from Scheels and I’m gasped obsessed with them. I’ve seen many girls wear them in and outside of school and I knew I had to have them. The reason why I bought them was not only the popularity but the belief and hold of confidence it gave me as a person. 

Having proper work clothing can affect productivity at a job. According to Hive, studies have shown that 61% of employees are beneficial when the dress codes are running smoothly. 80% responded they don’t find working with a dress code environment useful.

As individuals, we evaluate people whom we meet based on their choices of clothing and reason and also we evaluate ourselves and the roles based on what we are wearing at a specific time; because of the way they make you feel, with the experience of wearing something finely affects our choice of behavior and attitude. 

We are living in a material world. Confident attire is clothes that make you feel comfortable, confident and happy. There will be clothes that will make you wake up in the morning and say, ‘Oh my god, I’m a sexy beast,’ and there are clothes that will not make you feel confident. Clothes are inclined to be a special armour that people use to conceal insecurities or support them on a bad day. 

Believe it or not, this all depends on how you perform at school or your job. Dressing comfortably is shown to increase productivity, even improving test studies. The behind the scenes of increased productivity when wearing clothes that are comfortable absolutely brings comfort which usually corresponds with confidence. Having a less strict dress code gives people the opportunity to express themselves through their type of style of clothing, which brings about creative thinking. Both creativity and productivity bring a positive environment. Clothes have the power to change our minds, and the direct link between your mood and performance is with the clothes you are wearing. 

Now you know the reason why clothes are a huge influence on your actions, moods and behavior. Next time, think about what you are wearing — the better you dress, the better your personality and style will be.