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How Fashion Influences Our Habits

Have you ever felt that your day was ruined by a poor outfit choice? At some stage or another, every single one of us has experienced an emotional response to an item of clothing, whether it’s gushing in front of a mirror because of the perfect bridal gown, or feeling embarrassed that you’ve torn your stockings on the way to a meeting.

The power of clothing is indisputable, and it influences our decision-making every day. We all know that the clothing we wear can affect our self-esteem, confidence, and sociability, but recent scientific studies suggest that the clothing-mind connection could run deeper than we think.

Dressing for Success

The old advice to “dress for the job you want, not the one you have” actually has more basis in fact than you might realize. Many studies have shown that the clothes we wear to work can dramatically impact our performance, both mentally and physically. Although dressing smartly creates a good impression, the latest science on the power of fashion goes beyond this sentiment.

A 2015 paper on Social Psychology and Psychology Science describes an experiment in which subjects were asked to change into either formal or casual clothing before undertaking cognitive tests. The study indicated that those wearing traditional business attire showed more creativity, increased abstract thinking, and a greater ability to strategize than the participants wearing casual clothes.

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Enclothed Cognition

The connection between what we wear and how we feel is well documented. In fact, scientists refer to this phenomenon as “enclothed cognition.” To summarize, Professor Karen J. Pine, of the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and expert on the psychology of fashion argues that, “when we put on a piece of clothing we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it.” This goes some way to explaining how clothes yield so much power over our behavior.

Clothes Could Help You Quit, or Not

According to numerous studies, those who try to quit smoking are twice as likely to kick the habit if they purchase new clothes to see them through the transition. While the scent of lingering tobacco smoke on a favorite sweater or pea coat is bound to offset cravings, the psychology of clothing goes beyond that.

Fashion affects our self-image. If we’ve thought of ourselves as “someone who smokes” for many years, we may have dressed a certain way to reflect that lifestyle choice. Those who give up the habit usually experience visual changes in their appearance, along with physical changes in their bodies that prompt them to reevaluate their image. As such, it makes sense that those who have overcome a lifelong habit may wish to change their style to reflect this.

Although smoking was fashionable in decades past, we now know that it can lead to heart failure, lung cancer, stroke, and premature death. If you’re looking to quit, why not take up vaping as a trendy alternative that’s much better for your health. You can learn more about Mt Baker Vapor vape hardware and e-liquids online.