Will you wear sweatpants and a shirt for an exciting girl’s night out? Nope, because you’ll probably wear something that is classy, sexy or something that may spell F U N. A person's “personality” may sometimes reflect on what type of clothing she wears (aside from those who are required to wear uniform, of course). Yes, yes, “don’t judge the book by its cover”, but we can’t deny the fact that our emotional state is sometimes playing a huge role in our OOTDs. Sometimes, we are unaware that we are giving a certain image to people that we don’t even consciously project. You may be presumed as fierce, independent, shy, jolly, smart and sometimes intimidating to look at because of how you dress up. According to Dr. Karen Pine, a psychologist and the author of Fashion Psychology, (Hertfordshire, 2012, March 8) "Clothing doesn't just influence others, it reflects and influences the wearer's mood,". “Fashion psychology is about understanding why people wear what they wear and the effects their clothes have upon other people and on their own thoughts and emotions.”
In the early days though, people do not have the freedom to wear any clothing they desire because it has been a basis for social status, where monarchy and dynasties rule. In some countries, even specific colors of clothing can only be worn by high-ranking officials and other specific colors must be worn by the commoners or people of lower status. Imagine living in that era, where self-expression with the help of clothes and fashion have been suppressed, where your high-spirited self be silenced because of the only color you can only wear. This, however, was changed throughout the centuries as we are now free to express ourselves through whatever clothing we choose to wear. We can now strut the street with a colorful outfit, dress like a princess even if we’re not a royal, and be playful with our daily outfits.
A familiar quote by Shakespeare which is “The Eyes are the window to your soul” is very similar to your clothes, your reflection. What you wear can be and is most of the time, the reflection of how you feel within. We dress up depending on different situations, like, when you don’t feel as confident as before, you wear something dark because it makes you think that your so called “imperfections” can be hidden by those dark clothing. It’s like a blanket comforting your sadness from within. Unknowingly, clothes help us change our mood and our outlook in a daily basis. It can make you feel compelling or powerless, appealing or awful, influential or casual. Like when you are prepping for a long-awaited job interview, you want to look good by choosing smart-looking outfit which may then make you feel empowered and upbeat. You’ll suddenly feel ready for whatever questions your interviewer will throw at you. Nevertheless, the power of clothing has significance in a person’s self-esteem and life, but it’ll still depend on how you’ll handle it. Is it “Dress to Impress” or “Dress for Comfort”? You choose and show the world that YouAreYou!