Fashion psychology: your clothes speak volumes

pile of clothes

The clothes we wear are not only a physical manifestation and expression of fashion but go on to reflect our inner thoughts and feelings.

pile of clothesMoods can be reflected by the colours we wear, while wearing over-sized or extremely fitted clothes can be inner conflicts of a fashion flub coming to the surface. You may see them as mere fashion disasters, yet there is a deeper logic operating behind it.

Clothes are subtle ways of expressing a part of us which tell us when, where and how we do certain things.

If you shop against the realities of your age, chances are that you do not consciously realise whether your choice of attire makes sense for you or not. You do not need to be a fashion pro or a fervent fashionista to be aware of the pivotal role that clothes we wear play.

People who don’t know us judge us first and foremost on our appearance before other things come into play. A pleasant and cheerful countenance can deliver positivity and project the self image that we want to display.

The right clothes for the right occasion

Why do certain occasions have a set and defined costume and dress code? Why don’t we wear brightly coloured clothes at funerals or dull and morbid colours at parties? Why do you think would you be viewed with skepticism if you did so?

It’s because it is so deeply engraved in our minds to not break cultural taboos and to also respect the sanctity and sensitivity of the prevailing situation.

The festival season calls for boldly experimenting with all your looks but the same cannot be done in the corporate scenario. Your attire can convey an explicit message to the people around you, so you’ve got to be really careful.

Establishing judgments about yourself on the basis of your clothing

If you feel that the clothes you wear cannot possibly influence the way people judge you, then perhaps it is time for some self reflection.

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Consider how your perception and judgments about an individual may change according to their dressing sense. You tend to associate qualities of maturity and seriousness with people wearing a suit, don’t you?

The reality could be different, but our initial perception of a person is made from that first impression, and it’s a rule of thumb that we tend to apply to the general public. If the same individual was to dress up as a pixie, your judgment would most likely lie towards the other extreme.

Clothes are one of the most striking features that compel people to make judgments. The stereotypes about fashion created in your head are not only applicable to strangers. You dress up accordingly as well.

Furthermore, clothes don’t only help form opinions but also unconsciously affect our behaviour. It’s more like switching roles as you change attire.

Feeling more mature in formal attire and going into a sleepy, lazy mode when you switch into your PJs is an apt example of how your mood can be easily influenced by simply changing your attire.

Think about your wardrobe, and you start seeing yourself in a different light. The psychology behind fashion is at play all the time.

About Christine Rudolph

I am a passionate health and fitness blogger. Currently I am associated with Transitions Physical Therapy, a Lake Mary-based orthopedic and sports physical therapist.