What Do Your Clothes Say About You?

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People may not consciously think about the messages their clothes send, but, right or wrong, others often make assumptions or draw conclusions based on what someone is wearing. Your choice of clothes and how you put them together projects an image.


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Think about it in terms of a movie character. One of my favorite tasks working for Giorgio Armani was to help Costume Designers compile wardrobes for specific characters in their movies. The clothing needed to project clues about the character’s personality. And that’s what we do when we dress.


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How we choose to present ourselves tells others something about us. What does this woman’s outfit say about her? Maybe sophisticated, but a little edgy too.


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How about this one? Kind of quirky and bold, right?


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Or this woman: More practical and no nonsense.

How about you? What do your clothes say about you?


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Clothing often reflects aspects of your personality. For example, wearing bright colors might suggest you are outgoing and vibrant, while neutral tones might indicate a more reserved personality.

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The style of clothing you choose can say a lot about your tastes and interests. Whether you prefer a classic, timeless look, a more edgy and contemporary style, or something entirely unique, your clothes reflect these choices.


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In many settings, such as the workplace, clothing can convey professionalism and competence. A well-tailored suit or a polished dress can suggest professionalism and attention to detail.


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Sometimes, what you wear reflects your current mood or how you want to feel. You might wear comfortable, casual clothes on a relaxed day or dress up in elegant attire for a special occasion.


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Values and Beliefs

Clothing can also be a way to express your values and beliefs. For instance, wearing clothing from sustainable or ethically sourced brands can show a commitment to environmental or social causes.


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Cultural Identity

Your choice of clothing can reflect your cultural background or the cultures you admire. Traditional clothing from your heritage or clothing inspired by cultures you appreciate can be a way to express this.


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Lastly, how you carry yourself in your clothes can convey confidence. Wearing something that makes you feel good often shows in your demeanor, sending a message of self-assuredness.


Discover Your Signature Style Course

In my course How To Discover Your Signature Style (And Gain The Confidence To Wear It), we further explore this concept through an eye opening exercise that helps lead you to your style:  one that consistently flatters your shape, fits your lifestyle, and reflects your true personality. See all you’ll learn here.

Until then,


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