Dress for Success
Our Splash print collection is awash with sunny optimism. What you wear can change how you feel about yourself. Read on to find out what your clothes can do for you.
Boost your confidence
Nothing new here: what makes choosing the right outfit for an important meeting such a dilemma is that we understand the power of clothes to pump up our self-esteem. “Always dress as if you were prepared to meet your worst enemy,” claimed Coco Chanel. Feeling gorgeous/desirable/radiant/confident (delete as appropriate) (or keep your options open) is by far the most effective way to BE gorgeous, desirable, radiant and confident. High-heeled sandals add an extra inch or two to your height, but more importantly they’ll heighten your feelings of confidence and femininity. And it shows.
During stressful periods, or when you’ve had a bad day, all you want to do is curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket, cocooned in the warm glow of candlelight. “Our choice of clothing can reflect our need for safety and solace,” notes image coach Isabelle Micottis. “We wrap ourselves up in soft fabrics and enveloping shapes, like a silk blouse or a stole that is comforting to the skin and provides a feeling of shelter.”
Make a statement
Our clothes say a lot about us. They’re the first thing we tell people about ourselves. “Our choice of outfit sends out clues about our personality, or a particular aspect of our personality we want to emphasize in a given moment,” explains Isabelle. A trench coat in sensible tones says smart and understated, while a white coat with a bright splash of color declares a cheerful nature and a sunny outlook.
Fake it till you make it
But the statement you make is up to you. “Clothes have a powerful therapeutic function: they can help us to free ourselves from our hang-ups, and to get past them,” explains Isabelle. But how? When we play dress-up, we give ourselves permission to make a change while remaining true to ourselves. The French word for ‘suit’ is “costume”, but Isabelle points out that it’s not just for actors and businessmen. “A woman will slip on a suit if that works for her day’s agenda,” she affirms. Fiery temperaments can be softened and subdued by a pastel pink jacket. And on the other end of the scale, wallflowers can step into the limelight with an edgy biker jacket – and that feigned confidence will soon start to feel like the real thing. Onwards and upwards!
The look of luck
Our wardrobe is an emotionally charged domain. We subconsciously create mental associations with our clothes. That’s what makes us so sure the interview will go better if we wear a new blouse, and the contract got signed because we had that bag with us that day. The key is in believing! Then you can use these associations to your advantage. Wear that lucky item to an important meeting: that confident spring in your step will really get you places.
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