The Power of Clothes
When I was younger, I went to a really conservative Christian school. The guys were only allowed to wear jeans on Fridays, and slacks the rest of the days. Girls were only allowed to wear slacks on Fridays, and skirts/dresses that touched the knee (or longer) the rest of the week.
There were a lot of other strict rules about dress code, such as no shirts with words, sleeves had to cover shoulders, guys’ hair couldn’t touch their ears and they weren’t allowed to have facial hair. On Wednesdays they had to wear a button down shirt, and most of them just wore a tie with it (the girls were always excited about that).
I’m not saying these things to put down my old school, because that was the best school I ever went to. The administrators said that one reason they had such a strict dress code was because of the fact that when students dress better, they perform better.
I’ve really taken that to heart over the years and have discovered that to one extent or another it’s true. Clothes have this powerful ability to manipulate our emotions and how we feel, and often times we aren’t even aware of it. That’s why my old school never let us come to class wearing sweatpants and t-shirts, because if we did we would be more likely to slack on our schoolwork. That’s not to say that wearing sweats and t-shirts equates to slacking, but wearing something that resembles pajamas does have an impact on performance.
But it’s not only about fabric options as much as whether or not you feel confident in what you’re wearing. Despite all the fashion trends that come and go, if you don’t feel confident in what you’re wearing, then it will affect how you feel. Clothes can make us feel sexy, powerful, adventurous, you name it, and they can also make us feel ugly, frumpy, sluggish. And the list goes on and on.
Not only do clothes have this ability to change how we feel, but we have the ability to change our clothes. It’s all an effort of tapping in to the power of a garment to feel a certain way as you go throughout your day. You don’t necessarily have to dress up all the time. I have a few staple outfits that I wear over again on those days where I don’t really feel like stepping outside of the fashion box, but when I still want to feel good.
If you feel confident and alert in a t-shirt and jeans, then by all means, wear that. That’s the joy of personal style. It is completely unique to each person. Personally, I’ve found that I usually feel most confident in fun colors and patterns, and while that’s not always “in style,” those are the things that make me perform the best and make me feel the most happy about who I am. When we realize that a simple article of clothing has this power and when we realize that we can use that power to our advantage, then there’s nothing we won’t be able to do.