Just how is it that our clothing can act on the way we feel? A study by Adam and Galinsky (2012) examined the effect of clothing on our psychological processes.
The study found that wearing certain pieces of clothing could change our cognitive processes and enhance performance on tasks.
The experiment began with examining the effects of wearing a lab coat. The researchers state:
"A pretest found that a lab coat is generally associated with attentiveness and carefulness. We therefore predicted that wearing a lab coat would increase performance on attention-related tasks. In Experiment 1, physically wearing a lab coat increased selective attention compared to not wearing a lab coat."
The second phase of the experiment examined people who beleived they were wearing a white coat described as a doctor's coat, vs people wearing a white coat described as a painter's coat. Low and behold, the group wearing the coat described as a doctor's coat showed increased sustained attention on a task, compared to the "painter's coat" group.
The authors conclude that the effects of the study were associated with both the symbolic meaning of the clothing, as well as the physical experience of wearing the clothes.
With this in mind, choose your outfit carefully! It just may affect how your think, how you perform and even what you do!!!
Here's some inspiration!
Miranda Kerr, wearing Equipment Blouse
Julianne Hough, wearing Rag and Bone Newbury Booties
Not sure about the jacket, but my pick is this Anine Bing Leather Jacket
Rachel Bilson rocking a fedora - my pick, Rag and Bone
What are your thoughts?