A personal essay and the facts behind wearing what fits your personality
Upon reading the title of this article I know I am receiving a massive eyeroll from just about every college student out there… but hear me out you guys, I swear, I do have a point.
I will admit, most days I wake up thinking I should just walk out my front door in my pajamas without even glancing in the mirror; but I know that if I do this, I will never truly “leave my bed.” I will just be stuck in this grumpy and tired mentality all day and won’t accomplish as much as I’d like. So here are a few reasons as to why I get ready for class each morning:
1. You just feel more confident. Personally, I have never been one to have my life completely together and running smoothly, so at least by getting ready for school I can fool people into thinking that I do. It’s a given that most college students are struggling to some degree (pun intended) to make ends meet, but that doesn’t mean that we want the whole world to be able to notice “the struggle” when they glance our way.
2. When you find a job and have to wear full-on business attire and be ready at 7 A.M. every morning it won’t seem so bad, because you will already be accustomed to getting up early and looking put-together. It is also a great time to see what types of looks you like and how you can make them your own before you officially enter the workforce.
3. You always want to dress to impress or to attract the kind of people you want in your life. Even if you don’t want to fess up, most humans formulate impressions about others’ characters seconds after meeting them. It’s just the way humans are wired. The way you dress and present yourself really communicates who you are as a person, so you always want to leave them thinking highly of you!
4. Lastly, when you’re in a fashion-related major, the pressure is ON. Not always from just other classmates within the major itself, either. When I am meeting someone for the first time (on or off campus) and I tell them what my major is, they will literally glance me over and make a snap judgement as to whether or not I know what I am doing by how I am dressed. So, it seems I have to always be on top of my game and ready to prove myself at a moment’s notice.
The research behind the madness:
Don’t take just my word for it… there have been countless studies and research backs me up on the reasons that I have provided you. Studies show that when you dress up your psyche will react in a more positive manner than it does when you “bum it out.” The research also showed that students who dress up for exams are more likely to score higher than those who do not. When you feel good, you do good. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Dress for Success”? Well, that applies here folks!
Another applicable expression, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” There is some magical chemical being emitted in your brain biologically when you step into that power suit or certain outfit that you just totally vibe with. You feel that power and confidence start rapidly coursing through your veins and it puts you in total control of your attitude, enhances your performance, and in some cases it even stimulates creativity. An example of a popular study is the lab coat vs. doctor coat experiment. You may have heard of it, so I won’t bore you with the details but when boiled down, participants made far less errors while wearing the doctor’s coat in comparison to the lab coat simply because they felt that it being a doctor’s coat meant that it made them just as smart as a doctor. I am not making this up y’all! With all of this being said, you can still totally rock the leggings and oversized cozy tee-shirts on those days that you just can’t anymore and need to put your comfort above all else.
Just try it! Set your alarms for just 20 minutes earlier, get up, and find that outfit that makes your heart soar with excitement and gives you that boost of confidence that’ll get you that A+. (I will only accept partial credit for letting you in on the secret to success.) No harm no foul, am I right?
Oh and don’t forget to tag us in a photo of you in your power suit and share all of your success stories!
Research source via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103112000200
Words by Bailey Womack
Edits by Reilly Farris and Maia Wilson
Creative Direction by Michaela Bull
Imagery by Criselda Ocon
Modeled by Taylar Gomez
Shoot Coordinated by Carolina Gonzalez