Quite evidently, our appearance has a huge role to play in the impressions we leave on people and the way we are perceived in everyday life – professionally and personally. Maybe appearances shouldn’t count, and maybe people shouldn’t be allowed to pass judgments based solely on how someone is dressed, but it happens everyday.
The idea is that if appearance has such a huge role to play in so many areas of one’s life, including boosting self-confidence, then why should it be so difficult to do?
When we talk about the importance of dressing well, we are not referring to the professional context only. It is something that extends to all areas of your life since your clothes are a large part of who you are as a person. It not only makes you feel good but can also largely influence your interaction/equation with people.
Here are a few other important reasons why dressing appropriately is important.
It Lets You Focus On Important Stuff
When you are dressed in well-fitted comfortable clothes that are truly meant for you, you’re undistracted. This also means that it keeps you focussed on getting the important stuff done. When you are dressed to impress, you look well, feel good and you’ll be more motivated to get things done and in turn be more productive. If there’s a big day ahead of you then why not dress sharply, you won’t be able to help yourself from getting out and showing off.
Plus, those that are dressed well are perceived to be smarter and more successful. People who are dressed better are viewed as being natural leaders.
Putting the effort into what your wear and how you look will have positive effects on your overall lifestyle. As your confidence grows, along with the self-perception you may just open a gateway to some lifestyle changes.
You Feel The Way You Dress
Would you believe that something as simple as how you dress could affect your attitude and self-confidence? Your clothes not only add to your presentation, but also contribute to your behaviour therefore defining your body language. When you look confident and approachable, you become more confident and approachable. Various studies show that people feel most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire.
When we feel good on the outside, we are more likely to feel good on the inside, which boosts our attitudes and self-confidence leading us to trying our best which in turns brings results.
First Impressions Matter
Visual associations subconsciously go a long way and we have very little control over it. When you dress well, you are simply using this subliminal power of association to your advantage. In this fast-paced world, you’re given precious little seconds to make an impression. Thirty seconds to be precise, if various studies are to be believed. When you meet someone for the first time, the impression they carry of you lasts a while, so why not leave a mark?
The main reason why dressing in proper business attire is important for every business professional is because it gives the message that you are dedicated to your position. Although this may sound cliché, it is true. If you were to walk into an office and see one person in torn jeans and a stained t-shirt and another person in a sleek business suit, you would assume that the one in the jeans does not care about their job. It is true that first impressions are everything.
Having listed so many logical reasons to dress well, the one factor that personally overrides all others is that ‘priceless high’ you get out of just looking good.