Our overall appearance is what others will see first when they meet us and how we choose to put ourselves together speaks volumes. It is important to convey who we are through many means including our personal sense of style, which is a first glimpse that draws others in to continue to learn more about us. My goal for today’s post is to share with you why it is so valuable to dress well and look your best as often as possible.
There are many times in life when we may not necessarily feel like putting in the extra effort to dress up but whatever our reasons, it is worth your time to put in a little extra effort, which goes beyond just being aesthetically pleasing to others.
No matter what we do for a living or how we spend our day (whether it’s spent in the workforce, at home solo, with our kiddos or even in retirement), the truth is that what we wear, although exterior, matters and as the saying goes you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Like it or not, a big factor in how others perceive us is our physical appearance. We send a subtle message to others with how we speak as well as our non-verbal cues along with our attire.
The good news is, like the other two forms of communication, our attire is definitely something within our control. Dressing well can be made simple if you know a few tricks allowing you to get out the door quickly so a frumpy, disheveled look will never be an option again!
Dressing well doesn’t mean you need to don head-to-toe designer labels nor does it mean you have to be outfitted in a dress or skirt everyday all day, there are many ways to dress up even the most casual outfit in jeans. However, your clothing does need to be well cared for and of quality even though hefty price tags are not required.
Now, you really want to know why you should always look good? These are some of the reasons:
1. People Will Take You Seriously – When we are well groomed we become more approachable to others. Not only in everyday personal life but especially in the workplace, you’ll notice a difference when you up the ante on your outfit game. Superiors at work will pay attention and take you more seriously. When you are new to the workforce and still quite young you’ll appear older and more sophisticated which can be advantageous and the reverse is also true in that as you mature, you’ll be viewed as stylish and ultimately more youthful-both are definitely a plus. On the contrary, dressing without much consideration says one thing only: that you didn’t care enough to put in the effort to dress better. No matter what level of income we earn or our occupation, we can all agree that clean, pressed, well-fitting clothing that is appropriate for our daily routine and is also in good repair just shows that we take pride in our appearance and respect who we are. It all comes down to this: Dress how you want to be Addressed.
2. Your Self-Confidence will Increase – We all know how it feels when we wear a brand new pair of killer heels or a beautiful new dress. It gives us an extra swing in our step and boosts our spirit and in turn we stand taller, lift our head high and exude self-assurance not to mention the fact that you may even receive some compliments along the way. Why wait for a special occasion to look fabulous, it’s something we can do for ourselves each and everyday that radiates to those around us and can positively impact our life in so many different ways. Confidence makes others feel as though we are capable and will only help bring new opportunities our way.
3. You’ll Appear More Trustworthy – This may sound like an odd point to consider, however if you had a choice between loaning your car to a well dressed person for the day or to an unkempt person, who would you choose? Exactly. If it appears we cannot take care of ourselves properly, why would someone entrust us with a great new career advancement that comes with an increase in responsibility? When people see that you take pride in your appearance they know that you’ll do the same in every other area of your life also, they can rest assured that their business (or in the case of friends-personal possessions) are in good hands.
4. You’ll Be More Prepared – How many times have you gone to run an errand looking your worst and that’s precisely when you bump into someone you know? We’ve all been there. What’s worse is that sometimes the person you meet is someone new, you get chit chatting and find out they’re hiring for your dream job or equally as cringe-worthy, you bump into a handsome stranger who you can’t be yourself around because you’re feeling so self-conscious the whole time about your poor wardrobe choice and lack of even basic makeup that you can’t focus or think about anything else. Like setting the tone for an interview before you’ve even opened your mouth, dressing well and early can ensure that your day begins in an organized fashion, so you’re not caught off guard but rather well prepared for whatever comes your way. Personally speaking, the days I’m inside and don’t get dressed into something decent first thing (this is often typical for those who work from home), it just makes the rest of the day drag and I always feel less productive.
5. You’ll Become More Engaged in Life – There have been a number of times that I haven’t wanted to go somewhere or have my photo taken or to be in a group video because I didn’t love what I was wearing at the time or hadn’t put on at least basic makeup that day. Those uncomfortable moments of not wanting to be in front of the camera or just front and center in your own life change when you choose to put in the extra effort to dress well and do so early in the day. You then are essentially ‘ready’ for life and will have so many more wonderful memories and experiences to reflect back on in years to come instead of wishing you had been more prepared, polished and joined in on the fun. Let’s face it, when we look cute, we want to document it! Am I right?
6. You’ll Be Motivated to Get & Stay Fit – One of the side effects of intentionally being well dressed is that you’ll want to wear those pretty pieces that have been hiding in your closet and drawers which are just a touch too tight or that you would feel more confident in if your stomach was a bit flatter or if your arms were more toned (you know, the pieces that have been pushed to the back of your closet for that very reason in the hopes of losing a few pounds). It’s unfortunate to have beautiful garments not being worn due to a few stubborn pounds. This ties into increasing your standards, you set a higher standard for your own health and fitness too because we feel best in clothing that fits us properly and comfortably. Let’s not forget that when you do get into great shape, you’ll want to show off all the hard work of creating your newly updated physique as often as possible.
7. You’ll Be More Focused on Quality vs. Quantity- A good wardrobe has a mix of many different classic pieces along with some trendy statement pieces also, over time some may wear better than others. What you’ll find is that again and again you’ll reach for the pieces that keep their color instead of fading, don’t tend to have loose threads after a few washes, are properly lined, keep their shape, aren’t slightly see-thru, are comfortable and soft, have buttons that don’t need to be re-attached because the washer has pulled them off. You’ll also stop buying cheap shoes realizing that this is truly an area where you get what you pay for. As such, your wardrobe will become smaller as you increasingly become more discriminating in your taste. This is a good thing though! Less clutter lets you get straight to the essential pieces without wading through your closet hanger after hanger avoiding
There are many more reasons to look your best but, for me, the most important is that, I’m the only me on earth, I want to be the best of myself and one of the ways to achieve that is by looking good always. What’s yours? Find your inspiration to always look your best, and it would keep you going even when you don’t feel like dressing up.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fatoye Joy is 300level law student of University of Ilorin. She writes articles for fashion magazines. She is a model and an usher. She also does private tutoring of primary school pupils and secondary school students. She loves listening to music, reading novels and cooking. She is a Christian who loves God.
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