Psychologists and Sociologists have been able to show links between how people are perceive by others, how people perceive themselves, and perceptions of success based on appearances, including fashion. (For all of my researchers out see studies related to symbolic interaction theory, social comparison theory, sociometer theory, self esteem, self efficacy, and fashion psychology.) There's a reason why you feel like a million bucks when are wearing just the right outfit.
Many of us have witnessed this transition first hand when we have been introduced to wearing a business attire for the very first time. Going from a graphic tee to a silk blouse and blazer and from yoga pants to slacks or a pencil skirt can impact our state of mind. Turns out clothing can make all the difference when it comes to self-perception. This phenomenon correlates strongly with the idea that “Clothes make the woman/man.” People tend to step into roles in order meet the expectations of how they believe they will be perceived. When people dress up “fancy” they shift their mindset to that of “fanciness” and carry themselves as such.
We all know that we have that one outfit that we can put on and instantly transform into another version of ourselves. There are moments when one finds themselves in a feminine mood so they gravitate towards what they perceive as feminine clothing. When we are feeling bold and sexy we can know we can always rely on that one dress or pants outfit in our closets that make us feel sexy and alluring. It’s within those clothes that we find ourselves walking a little bit taller or we even gain a little extra sway in our hips when we walk. It’s those feelings which contribute to how we feel about ourselves, how we act as well as react to others around us.
So yes, it’s true that you should dress comfortably and that should be what really matters, but when I dare interject wear clothing that makes you feel good and makes you feel how you want to feel and be expressed. Your wardrobe acts as your costume closet in the play we call Life. Why not take pride in your own personal style and be sure to treat yourself well by looking the part.