Confidence comes from within. While self-help books or motivational podcasts can indeed make us feel more confident, did you know that your clothes play a key role in your confidence, too?
Case in point: A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that people who wore lab coats performed better in a series of tests compared to those who didn’t. This phenomenon called ‘enclothed cognition’ highlights how clothes have the power to make us feel capable, secure, and comfortable in the skin we’re in. After all, when you look good, you feel good.
All that being said, it’s important to wear an outfit that exudes confidence so you can live out the best version of yourself yet! Whether you’re off to a job interview, heading out on a date, or simply running errands, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips and tricks to help you dress more confidently.
Stay True to Yourself
In the fashion industry, trends come and go, every season of every year. Although it’s tempting to dress like the models you see on glossy magazines, keeping up with trends will just leave you confused about your own style. That’s why the first step to feeling confident in your clothes is understanding what your signature style is. If you’re still not sure, we’ve previously shared on our ‘No Fashion Sense? How to Reinvent Yourself from Head to Toe!’ guide that you should take a good look at your closet and see what sparks joy. Whether you’re edgy or girly, having a signature style allows you to truly connect with yourself, and thus think more positively about your capabilities.
As we mentioned, feeling comfortable in your skin is a crucial component of exuding confidence. No matter what size or shape you are, you should appreciate your own body for what it is. While this is easier said than done, many women have found that wearing lingerie has done a world of good for them. For many years, men would define what ‘sexy’ is for women. But choosing to wear a lovely piece of lingerie gives you the power to reclaim ownership of your own body — from bustiers to bodysuits and garter belts. And besides, as Pretty Me’s guide to lingerie brands points out, it’s the inside that counts. You don’t have to wear it for other people, as these confidence-boosting effects of lingerie can be powerful even on a regular day. Be sure to find lingerie that fits you like a glove, so you have the comfort and support you need.
Wear Colors that Complement You
The color of your clothes won’t just make or break your outfit, but it can also make all the difference for your confidence. Think of it this way: Wearing the wrong colors can make you look washed out, and ultimately fall into the background. On the other hand, sporting the right colors will help you shine and make you feel like the star that you are. But of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to choosing colors, as we all have different skin tones. To help find the color that complements yours, InStyle’s feature on flattering colors for each skin tone notes that those with warm skin should opt for reds, yellows, and warm green and blues. If you have a cool skin tone, it’s best to go for bright blue and pink shades. Lastly, those with a neutral skin tone should opt for neutral colors in the color wheel to radiate confidence.
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