I'm in a psychology class this semester, so naturally (I guess?), I'm thinking about things in a bit different light. For instance, we all know there's a whole lot more to the gestures and postures one uses than just habit or coincidence - it's a psychological, subconscious way of communicating with those around you. Well, have you ever stopped to consider that clothing has become much the same?
I know, pretty creepy. But, let's just take a look at a few interesting notes from some research studies regarding fashion.
Throughout much of history, the key purpose of clothing was pretty simple: stay warm and dry. However, as time has marched on, because of all kinds of industrial and technological advances, clothing has become much more than a practicality. It has become a "social marker: they affect the way we see ourselves."
Most people realize that the clothing we wear affects our self-image. But do you realize that it also affects "the impression that you convey to others and in turn, the way in which people behave towards you"?
That's evident by this crazy "fun fact" - people tend to stand further away from others who wear dated or unfashionable clothing. I mean, let's face it... Clothing has made some drastic changes over the course of time.
Without even thinking about it, our brain recognizes that a certain clothing style doesn't "belong" in the current time period, resulting in the (intentional or not) distance. Though we may not see this in ourselves, we realize others do it, thus convincing ourselves we must dress at least partially "in style."
So, though we may claim to dress without others in mind, our subconscious has been trained to dress for others. Interesting, isn't it?
However, in the midst of all of this, we must remember to train our minds in the right direction, not conforming to the fads and fashions of this world. That's why boutiques like 'Nuggles and many others are such a blessing to those trying to dress modestly, without being frumpy or unattractive.
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." (I Timothy 2:9-10)
So ladies, remember this next time you're standing in front of the mirror and the voice inside your head says you don't look good enough. What's on the inside really is the most important thing.
Ciao for now,
Sources: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karen-pine/fashion-psychology_b_5650424.html | https://www.psychologistworld.com/body-language/psychology-of-clothing-dating-dress