What Your Style Reveals About You

You might not agree with the old expression that clothes make the man (or a woman), but it’s still hard to brush off the sense that what we choose to wear signals something to our environment, be it conscious or not. Big brand names and expensive accessories might mean we think being rich is a character trait. If on the other hand, you’re sporting hoodies and training suits, it might mean you’re a busy mom who stopped caring about clothes quite a few dates ago. If you want to be intentional with your style, read on to find out how to take charge of what fashion vibes you’re sending out. 

You Just Want to Be Comfy

Are you a fan of loose-fitting jumpsuits? Is finding the biggest pocket on a piece of clothes a success story for you? If that’s the case, your dominant concern is to be as comfy as possible. You probably don’t care (too much) how others see you and the flexibility makes you feel empowered. You want to feel free to sit where you want and how you want and you’re always prepared for an adventure.

That said, being comfy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a sense of style, or that you lack one. If leggings are your go-to asset you can always pair them with a tasteful collar shirt, and a set of white sneakers that fit any occasion. If you need to be extra classy, you can wear heels, but you always have the option to make them thick and short. Otherwise, you can never miss with cozy loafers or the evergreen Converse option. 

You Mean Business

If you open your closet and you’re greeted with shades of grey and corporate pink, cardigans, and pencil skirts, it can mean two things: You’re either immersed in that corporate lifestyle, or you’re dressing for the job you want but don’t have yet. For you, the number 1 priority is to look professional, and you’re most likely meeting potential clients right after brunch with friends. 

That’s why you are always in pants or skirt suits and heels aren’t a problem for you. If you can afford him, Hugo Boss is your best friend. If you haven’t made it yet any brand with a good selection of straight-fit jackets and trousers will do. 

If you’re a man and you dress to impress a client, stylists recommend wearing regular suits and not overdoing the jewelry. Just one bold, popping piece, preferably a good watch, will send the right message. If you’re wondering where to find good deals, visit your local watch store to see what’s trending. 

You Don’t Want to Draw Attention

Or in other words – you’re an introvert, and you don’t really want to make an impression. Any impression. You probably like to slip into neutral colors and wear only tested, well-established brands. You like classics because classics are safe. If you don’t take chances with bold prints and flashy colors, it probably means you don’t want to make an impression with your clothes and value a few deep connections over impressing big groups of people whose names you won’t remember anyway. 

You’re a low-key person. You most likely go for plain or simple outfits. Choosing simple clothing doesn’t necessarily make you’re boring. In fact, plain shirts are a wardrobe staple for both men and women. They’re super cozy to wear and can easily be paired with most, if not all, styles of bottoms and footwear.

Don’t want to draw attention but still aspire to look good? Invest in quality US-made plain shirts! American manufacturers are known to be thorough with their quality control. Thus, you’ll be assured that US-made plain shirts are of higher quality and will last longer.

You probably have all the basic evergreen pieces in your closet and know how to style them. If you want to get out of your shell and show some boldness, you can always go for an exotic print instead of the white blouse, or maybe even a party slogan if you’re feeling extra social. 

You’re an Extrovert

If you find it easy to chat up anyone, find common ground with every person be it your niece or an elderly woman next door, you’re not shy to try some eye-grabbing outfits and draw attention to yourself. If you like to match unorthodox color palettes and textures and break some fashion ground, you’re probably not afraid to start conversations, organize parties, or initiate contact with your crush. Just like your outfit, the interactions might not turn out that great, but that doesn’t bother you. You’re all about trial and error, and mistakes are a natural part of life. 

If you do happen to succeed though, people are going to be talking about that outfit and that party for a long time. If you want to maybe tone it down a notch, look to fellow introverts for inspiration and have at least some of the plain, classic options for occasions that might call for it. That purple faux fur jacket and stilettos aren’t the best fit for a funeral after all. 

What Are You Telling Yourself?

Stories we tell ourselves have a serious impact on our psyche, and our outfit is just one of those stories. We’ve covered what you might be signaling to other people with your style, but it turns out that’s just half of the plot. 

A 2012 study from Northwestern University showed that what we wear very much affects us psychologically. The study found that wearing lab coats made people more concentrated and attentive, so if you’re feeling a little foggy and scattered I guess a lab coat could be an unconventional solution. The scientists termed this phenomenon ‘enclothed cognition’, and showed that you can dress for the effect you want to achieve. Getting dressed up can always help when we’re feeling down or uninspired and now we have proof.

Of course, there are no strict rules, and the content of your closet is hardly a reputable personality test. But we can make some conclusions about people’s habits, profession, status, and preferences by looking at what they wear. Just like clothes, the judgment we make is shallow, so we should only make conclusions about surface aspects of a person’s life. When it comes to deeper emotional truths and character traits we’re better off sparking a conversation with the person and getting to know them better.

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