I read or heard somewhere that your clothing can affect the way you carry yourself in social situations. The term “power suit” is accurate – by wearing a sharp, well-fitting suit you will carry yourself with more confidence. Take myself, for example. I bought a new suit two weeks ago. Navy blue, single-breasted, 85% wool blend. I feel like a trillion dollars when I wear it, so much so that I don’t want to wear it too often for fear of jinxing its lucky charm. I should add that it’s my only suit at the moment, since I recently moved from a blue-collar job to a white-collar job.
If people say it’s only ladies who care about their appearance and feel judged on it, they’re lying. For the first month or so at my new job, I wore “dress” pants from Target, which I bought a year ago before I dropped 10 inches from my waistline. They were baggier than MC Hammer’s, but they were all I had had to tide me over until I’d saved enough for a halfway-decent suit. Anyway, whilst wearing my Target (pronounced, ‘tar-jay’) professional attire, I received so many ocular jibes from the women at work it was like greasy looks were going out of fashion. That, and sarcasm about my choice in clothes.
Long story short, I felt like a homeless person who had mistakenly been invited to a high fashion ball, throughout my first month on the job. Well obviously I didn’t smell and my clothes were untorn, but comparatively (price-wise) my clothes were mechanics’ rags. Did you know that a cheap housedress costs over $80? Did you know that one of those cute little boob-tubes costs $70? That’s, like, 50 square centimetres of material, you’d think it was 20% golden fleece! I have to give the ladies at my place of work credit though, they also look like a trillion bucks.
My point is, men can and do dress for success. It changes the way you feel and act.