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The Psychology Behind Dressing Well

Posted Jun 14th, 2017 in Style Knowledge

POSTED BY: Aaron Ignacio

There's more to being well dressed than just looking good – it can have a positive impact on your state of mind, as well. Here's how the psychology behind dressing well plays into your day-to-day life.

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Our Master Clothiers are often asked, "Why should I take care of my appearance?"

There is a constant struggle in many men when it comes to taking care of themselves, as it feels like a chore, something seemingly unnecessary in the grander scheme of things, and with all of the other responsibilities of life.

Phrases like,  "I would love to dress fashionably, if I could pull it off" or "If I had more time in a day, I would take better care of my appearance. I have too many commitments," are a common refrain in many men's minds.

In spite of these apparent obstacles, there has still been something of a renaissance in men's clothing in recent years – especially custom clothing. Why is this? 

The truth is, dressing well can make a significant difference in daily life in ways you wouldn't expect. In this article, we explore 3 key ways that dressing well can affect your life in a positive way.

How You Dress Definitely Affects Your Mood

One significant way that dressing well can positively affect your life is by changing your mood. Studies show that there is a direct link to dressing well and your mood as it stabilizes and improves quality of happiness, drastically reducing the risk of depression.

While it may seem like a chore for men, we suggest to try upgrading your style. You will subconsciously start to feel a sense of pride and fulfillment in the smallest ways. Life can throw many things your way and there is a constant need to stay on top of things. It can get rather overwhelming to think about all of your priorities.

However, by staying on top of a simple task like dressing better, you will start to feel a difference right away. It's the same concept as cleaning a messy room. You prolong the chore as it isn't a big priority, but when you finally clean it, it feels fulfilling.

However, dressing well is a daily task that will yield much more reward than a simple feeling of fulfillment. This leads us to our next point.

Custom Mens Suits, TorontoYou are What Others See

Many have heard the phrase 'Dress For Success', but what is the meaning behind it? It's simple.

The way you dress offers a clear visual representation of who you are. It can positively represent you as someone who is confident, sophisticated and smart, or it can negatively represent you as someone careless, indifferent or worse: a failure.

The most tangible benefit of dressing well is that it helps you identify yourself to others without saying a single word.

This is especially important in the workforce. At work, your image is everything. If you carry yourself with poise and confidence, wearing the right suit, it makes a drastic difference in both productivity and probability of promotion. People respect someone who looks put together much more than someone who dresses carelessly.

Your Individuality & Self Esteem are on Display

Adding to the previous point that your image represents you, it also differentiates you from others. Everybody is different, with their own unique sense of style. Truly defining or discovering your sense of style is a part of your individuality.

Furthermore, it helps develop your confidence and self esteem. Being well put together, you will experience a daily reassuring feeling that you look good, which is a step towards truly being happy and comfortable with yourself.

The truth is, dressing well not only provides an avenue for creativity and individuality, it also creates an avenue to feel your best. This is why many men today are rediscovering the feeling it brings to take care of their appearance and are forging their own personal styles.

Especially in the work place, men are starting to realize they should dress for the position they want to be in, rather than dressing for the position they are currently in. In life, dress to be the man you should be: the best possible version of yourself. Always remember that your image is a visual representation of you so put your best foot forward.