The Psychology of Fashion: What Do Your Clothes Say About You

How do you choose what to wear when you get up in the morning? Do you carefully plan your outfits in advance or do you just grab the first thing that catches your eye when you open your closet? You don’t have to be an avid fashionista to understand how important the clothes you wear are, but as you are probably aware, the way you dress is important. Not only are you able to show off or hide something with your clothes, but you can also send a powerful message about who you are.

All-black everything

There has always been a lot of controversy surrounding all-black clothes. At first they were worn only in time of mourning, but things changed and today you have people who choose to wear almost exclusively black clothes all the time. The color itself is mysterious, and it makes other people perceive you as more confident and sexy if you wear it. Also, people who want to feel more confident also choose to wear black, especially when they’re heading on a job interview or a date. As there is not much room for playing with patterns, you might try playing with different textures and cuts: leather pants with knit sweaters and shawls, silk cardigans and cotton tees, washed-out denim and delicate lace…

Bright colors

When your mood is good and your spirits are high, you naturally gravitate to bright colors and bold looks which will draw other people’s attention. On the other hand, people’s definition of bold may vary, say psychology professors, but as a rule of thumb what people see as “happy clothes” are usually well-made and flattering pieces in bright colors. Another interesting thing you should keep in mind: when you’re feeling blue and particularly “down”, you might want to reach for these clothes, as something flowy, bright, and patterned will make you feel better and happier.

Designer logos everywhere

Parading a designer piece every once in a while is a nice way to flaunt your good taste, but covering yourself in different logos and labels from head to toe time after time send a different message. It might be an indication of your idea that the rest of the world needs to see you as someone important, a person of significance and influence. You don’t want to send a message that you’re better than everyone else and that you expect to be looked highly upon. If you use designer items as accents instead, you will show off your good taste and won’t be so over-the-top at all times.

Closet full of neutrals

People who choose neutrals are usually very comfortable and ‘snuggled in’ their comfort zone, and don’t want to draw attention to themselves too much. On the other hand, you don’t want to be invisible, which is why it’s a good idea to add a bit of something to your everyday look. You can start by adding splashes of color or picking a nice pattern: pastels and earthly colors are a nice way to ‘break the neutral look’ without actually wandering too far from it. Dare to buy sandals in bold color such as bright red or emerald green, get a navy tote bag, and drape a light grey shawl over your shoulders and you will change your look without actually straying too far from neutrals.

Oversized pieces

Oversized pieces are worn for comfort, but you can also get lost in them if you wear several at once or you wear them all the time. When you constantly wear clothes that are too big for your body, it might indicate that you want to hide or that you don’t actually see your body as other people do. Bring a good friend with you when you go shopping next time and ask for their honest opinion on which size looks best on you.

Remember that it’s not always the clothes you wear that leaves impression on people, but also the way you wear them. When you’re comfortable in your clothes and when you’re feeling confident, you can wear even the blandest pieces and still make people see you as a supermodel.

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