Think of a time when you put on an outfit that you felt so good in. Maybe it was a trendy dress or a great pair of cute jeans that fit you just right. That rush of confidence and feeling you get when styling an outfit that hugs every curve just right and instantly transforms you into a goddess is indescribable. The power of a good outfit should not be underestimated. In fact, studies show that the clothing and outfits we wear have a direct correlation to how we feel and act.
Conversely, think about a time when you wore something you weren’t excited about or didn’t feel good in. How did you go about your day? How did you feel? You probably didn’t feel as vibrant and radiant as you did when you had on the first outfit we talked about.
While clothing relates directly to our confidence, it’s hard to create outfits that are winners and thoughtfully styled every single day. And sometimes we sacrifice style for comfort or wear something we aren’t passionate about because we aren’t in the mood to get dressed up, which is totally okay.
But what if you had the ability to create looks all over the spectrum—from relaxed to style icon—that made you feel just as confident every time? You would be unstoppable because confidence is key.
Here are some of the reasons why it’s important to feel confident in your clothing, as well as some insight into how you can turn most of your looks into confidence-boosting ones!
Clothing Has a Direct Correlation to Confidence
You heard it here first. If you have been feeling down on yourself or in a crummy mood, take a look into what you’re wearing right now, as well as what you’ve been wearing. Chances are, you aren’t wearing clothes or cute accessories that make you feel your best. Our confidence starts with the outfits we create. So to give your self-esteem a boost, you need to start with your wardrobe. Identify key pieces that you feel your best in—whether that’s yoga pants or dresses—and make sure you have access to them or stock your closet full of them. Once you have built up your confidence, you can start to take more style risks!
Clothes Are an Expression of Who We Are
While we don’t advise living to appease others or create a facade that’s liked by everyone, a lot of times, our outfits can be the first impression we make on someone. Whether you’re going out on a first date or heading into a job interview, you want to make sure that you not only feel good in your outfit, but that your outfit puts off the vibe and attitude you want to exude!
Clothing Can Be Transformational for Confidence
Have you ever witnessed a makeover or someone who goes through a wardrobe transformation? If so, you know that clothing can truly change a person’s mindset and appearance. If you’re feeling uninspired or experiencing a negative outlook on your day-to-day life, have you ever thought about changing your wardrobe? When you look good, you feel good. And the power of a good outfit can lift your spirits and spark creativity. Another example of this is going to the beach wearing boutique swimwear that makes you feel radiant and beautiful. You’re more likely to feel confident while wearing something that brings out your confidence.
The Right Outfit Can Get You the Job
When you go into an interview, how big of a role do classy blouses play in you getting a job? Probably a lot more than you think. While your potential employer may not be judging your outfit itself, they are definitely evaluating your personality and confidence. So as they say, “Dress for the job you want…” and your confidence will follow suit, allowing you to ace your interview like a pro.
Confidence and Performance Are Directly Related
Athletes have uniforms, and extensive styling and altering is done to make sure they are outfitted to perfection. It’s important for athletes to feel confident in their uniform and gear so that they can perform to their best ability. And it’s no different than a salesperson wearing a power suit or you wearing your favorite outfit. Whether you’re playing tennis with a friend or going into the office for an important meeting, the way you dress and feel in that outfit has direct correlation to how you perform.
Confidence Dictates How We Show Up for Others
Having confidence and a healthy self-esteem is obviously very good for your well-being, but it also has an effect on the world around you. When you feel confident, you feel cheerful and good. This positive mindset will most likely be transferred or reflected out to others you pass by on the street or interact with. Even a smile or a simple, “Hi, how are you?” can brighten someone’s day. When we are feeling confident, we are more likely to pour that back into others—whether it be your bus driver or your family and friends. But when you don’t show up for yourself and aren’t feeling positive, you’re less likely to have that positive mindset that allows you to reflect love onto others.
As you can see, feeling confident affects so many aspects of our life! Were you surprised by any of these statistics? While there are so many other things you can do to boost your confidence and create a healthy and positive self-esteem, sometimes the first step is looking through your closet for an outfit that unleashes your radiance. And if you’re skeptical about just how much power a great outfit has on your confidence, try a little experiment. Take that dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion out of your closet and wear it around your house or wear it out! Take notice of how you feel and if your mood changes. We think you’ll be surprised at what you may find!