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How to Fashion Your Look

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Looks are very essential in our everyday life and working environment and that’s why a lot of times people spend much on looking good.

But the question begs asking: is it that necessary? Extremely necessary, because your look determines what people think of you the very first time you come in contact. Like it or not, we live in a society where people judge you the second you walk into a place.

So, what you wear on your feet, the type of pants you wear, the type of shirt you wear, the type of watch you have, etc. will definitely attract somebody’s attention on you.

They’re going to evaluate you based on those wears. Their first opinion is going to be based on the image that you project at that moment. They’re going to judge you before you even open your mouth; before you’re even allowed to talk to wow them with your magical and amazing personality.

So, know that whether you like it or not, someone’s going to evaluate you based on your looks. They’re going to evaluate who you are based on the kind of things you wear. You have one chance to make a first impression, so why not make a great one?

You need to approach your image and your look like you are a world-class brand; that’s really what you should do. You are a brand that is coming up– YOUR looks! So, know that the same way you come up with your look is the same way people come up with their brands. Successful brands are careful of how they portray themselves and so is look.

What looks stunning on you may not look great on somebody else. What looks great on somebody else may not look pretty on you. It’s all different, but here’s what I suggest. I suggest you look in your closet and really evaluate what you have in there.

When was the last time you bought a new apparel?

When was the last time you bought a new jacket?

When was the last time you bought anything new?

If the stuffs in there are vintage, then you already know what I’m talking about. You’ve already accumulated a vintage look. This is good. This tells you have stuffs that are good and timeless and absolutely unique for you but need new collections for your closet.

But most people… well, kind of buy things because somebody made them buy such. Their girlfriend made them buy them but they’re no longer with her. Their mom took them shopping one time, and they’re still wearing the same clothes from four, five, six, or seven years ago.

They look as dated as a 90’s Mercedes. And if you’ve ever seen 90’s Mercedes, you’ll really understand what I mean, really dated.

So what do you do after that? If you look at your closet and realize you’re as old as a non-­classic Mercedes Benz, it’s really simple after that. You go shopping. You go to the boutique to liven up with new selections.

How to shop for new selections?

lady browsing through a clothes rail of dresses

You go for a window shopping at first and you must not spend. You go and try different selections on to get different opinions from different sales people. You allow them to pick out the outfits for you and then you try them on.

You try them on and you ask yourself how you feel in each one. Do you feel powerful? Do you feel confident? Because that’s the number one thing you want to feel on a daily basis: powerful and confident. When you feel powerful and confident on a daily basis, you’re going to be able to manifest wonderful, great things in life.

Try it on and take pictures of yourself.

Go home. For the first time, don’t buy a thing, but you take a look and decide which one really resembles the best version of you. You then look at the pictures again and again, then in your subconscious mind you ask yourself non­-judgmentally, “If I saw someone walking down the street in that apparel, what would I think about that person? How would I feel if I saw this person walk into the office in that outfit?”

Do they look cool? Do they look powerful? Do they look presentable? Do they look confident? Do the clothes fit their body size? Is their body exposing? Can I see them?

All these thoughts should carefully be evaluated before a decision to make new buying is made. Everybody can pick up a look, regardless of the budget available. Anybody can craft an amazing look, but you don’t do it by buying and shopping once in every seven years. You do it by going and trying lots of stuff on and seeing what you feel is the best. After you’ve evaluated the pictures, take a look at them, then you go and build your new wardrobe.

For me, I like vintage stuff as well but it must make sense. I try a lot of things but I’ve got a certain look that fits me well that when I go out in it, I feel super confident in what I’m wearing for that day, because that’s me. That’s my look, my image, my brand.

But, if you don’t feel super confident in what you’re wearing every single day, then you have to re-cultivate the look that you have. It’s as simple as that.

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Attention to your fashion details

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If you’ve ever watched the rehearsal process of a play, then you know just how powerful clothes are. Even in the very early stages of a project, professional actors will come to practice in certain clothing pieces that make them feel more like their character. Perhaps, in an old pair of shoes, a long and heavy skirt, or a bandana that helps them get just the right swagger, grace, or edge.

A few weeks later, when they’re closer to opening, they’ll have an actual dress rehearsal with their real costumes. It’s pretty amazing to see how the right clothes bring the performances up to a whole new level and transform the actor into the character!

As business professionals, we can actually learn a lot from this.

Like it or not, your clothes and presentation communicate volumes about you as a person. The question is not whether you care about fashion, it’s more about what you’re communicating intentionally or unconsciously through your fashion choices. Just as the actor in the right costume moves and speaks differently, so does the everyday person.

Your clothes tell a story about you. If you want to show that your work is clean, sharp, and to the point, you need to dress in clean lines, sharp creases, and (yes) points on your shoes and tie. Even the way you wear your glasses speaks volumes about you and your work!

 

What Do the Details Show?

Research shows that you can tell a lot about someone’s personality, politics, status, age and income just from looking at a photo of their shoes.

Did you ever notice that when President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of working class Americans, he would speak with no jacket and his sleeves rolled up? That silently and instantly communicated to the audience that he too was a hard worker.

You might remember when a 44 page dress code published by Swiss bank UBS went viral. The obsessive stipulations detailed everything from the sensible (“If you wear a watch, it suggests reliability and that punctuality is of great concern to you”) to the downright invasive (employees were instructed on how to shower and apply lotion, how to wear their underwear, and told not to eat garlic during the week).

They may have been control freaks, but UBS got one thing right: every detail about your presentation communicates something.

When you’re dressing or grooming, consider what it says about you and whether it’s in line with the message you want to communicate. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all about context. A tie can make you look reliable and rooted in tradition. This might be important at an investment firm, where clients want to know that you’re serious about stewarding their capital. But it can also come off as stuffy and resistant to change, which may be inappropriate for a tech startup.

 

Your Clothing Impacts Your Thinking

Of course, dressing smart is also important for your confidence and sense of self-empowerment. But your style does more than just send messages, to your mind or to others. New research shows it actually impacts how you think. Professional dress, one study found, increases abstract thinking and gives people a broader perspective. So that tie might actually be switching on your creativity button.

“The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on processing style,” the study says.

Professional attire creates social distance. When we are more socially distant, we tend to think in more distant, abstract terms. In socially distant settings we address people by their title, for instance, rather than the more intimate first name.

“Even after controlling for socioeconomic status, students wearing more formal clothing showed stronger inclinations towards abstract processing.”

 

Thin-Slicing

Usually we process visual details instantaneously through a process called thin-slicing. That’s when the brain makes millisecond judgements based on new stimulus. It often happens without us even knowing. We might just get a feeling that we don’t trust someone, or that someone else is steady and reliable. We might not even know why.

That gut feeling, commonly called intuition or a first impression, is really part of the very fast-paced mental process of thin-slicing. It’s how we continually judge books by their covers, all day, every day.

So choose your personal presentation with care. Presentation includes not only your clothes, but your accessories, hairstyle, fragrance, posture, body language, tone of voice, and the level of energy with which you move and speak. Think of the person that you need to be in any particular situation. Then dress, groom, and accessorize in a way that helps you mentally step into that personality.

Are you marching in there to get things done? Put on something red, roll up your sleeves and speak in a commanding voice. Are you making social connections at a gala event? Go for suave, but not workplace formal. Dress to feel attractive. Speak in a smooth tone, and let one shoulder relax.

If you’re loafing around on a long weekend with half a box of pizza, you can probably get away with breaking out the frumpy comfortables.

Taking intentional command of how you dress and present is a good step in empowering yourself, accomplishing your goals, and living a more lucid life at the helm of your decisions. So pay attention! Remember, all the world’s a stage.

 

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