Can fashion make you happier?

Can fashion make you happier?

Getting dressed can have a big impact on your day.

If you’re feeling particularly chipper this month, you’re in good company. August is Happiness Happens Month, in which people from across the world come together to celebrate all things cheerful.

We have more of a say in how we feel than we realise. Your journey to happiness starts the moment you wake up. Could getting dressed be the first step towards a brighter outlook?

Can fashion make you happier? Let’s find out!

Confidence

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Simon from Permanent Style oozes confidence in this snazzy suit jacket.

It’s not hard to see how confidence can affect happiness; it gets you where you want to be. We all need confidence and fashion can provide it. Professor Karen Pine found that students who wore Superman t-shirts not only rated themselves as being more likeable, but also thought they were physically stronger.

But it doesn’t have to be a superhero t-shirt that makes you feel better. Fashion blogger Jay Borg recounts how wearing bulky jackets:

“makes you bigger and causes you to take up more physical space, which makes you feel more intimidating and more protected as a result. I used to wear a motorcycle jacket to school when I was younger and it went a long way to making me feel more like ‘the man’”.

A wardrobe full of clothes is the key to feeling happier. “You will feel happier with your clothes, you will look forward to putting them on in the morning and you will take pride in your appearance,” claims Troy Alexander in a blog post for Forbes.

Clear thinking

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Dressing formally can make you think more broadly.

No wonder happiness can often get buried in the backs of our minds. Every day we think, examine, ponder, evaluate, assess and categorise the things around us, what we’ve already said and done, and what we plan to do later. Buried under a mountain of decisions and uncertainty, it’s not surprising we all feel overwhelmed from time to time.

Numerous studies have found that dressing smartly can help us make better decisions. According to one study, “wearing clothing that’s more formal than usual makes people think more broadly and holistically, rather than narrowly and about fine-grained details”.

Abstract thinking, as the former is called, has many advantages. Fed up of having no money? According to Joe Pinsker, abstract thinking “might lead one to skip impulsive purchases in favour of smarter, long-term savings behaviours”.

Turns out ‘splashing out’ on an expensive set of formal wear or a nice pair of mens trousers could save you money in the long run. Not to mention, as John at The Everyday Man points out:

“You feel fantastic wearing a handcrafted piece made to your specifications. Knowing you look good gives you greater confidence and presence.”

A little attention goes a long way

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Want to get noticed? Dress well!

There’s a lot more to a man’s happiness than just catching the eye of the opposite sex, but that doesn’t necessarily do any harm. Getting noticed reinforces our confidence in our dress sense and makes us feel good about ourselves.

Dressing well is the key to earning those appreciative looks that do wonders for our self-esteem, especially if you wear clothing women approve of.

We think…fashion can make you happier!

Who doesn’t feel better about themselves, and the world in general, when slipping on a crisp shirt, lacing up a shiny pair of shoes, or sporting their favourite jeans? To quote Jai’me at Boy Meets Fashion,

“If you look good then you feel good, and that does wonders for your confidence which in turn helps you become a happier and more productive person.”

The secret to your happiness could have been hanging in your wardrobe all along.

Posted in Men's Lifestyle.