It’s good to go through life with the belief that appearances don’t matter as much as personality. However, no matter where you go, appearances still matter. People judge based on looks all the time, from your haircut to your shoes.
Especially in business, appearances can make or break an impression. The harsh reality is that within the first 5 seconds of meeting someone, you’ve already made a snap judgment about the kind of person they are based on what they look like and largely, what they’re wearing.
Because this is the reality of the world we live in, it’s important to consider dressing well if you are in a position of power. Even if you aspire to be, you know what they say, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” A well-dressed man tells the world that they are neat, professional, thoughtful, and care about how they present themselves to the world.
Dressing well can lead to:
- A more powerful demeanor
- A better first impression
- Increased performance
- Increased health
- Better time management
- Improved attention to detail
- Better credibility with others
Does Dressing Well Make You More Powerful?
The short answer to that is no. The long answer is yes. Putting on a suit won’t immediately get you promoted or get you a raise the same day. However, dressing well can do a lot to improve your confidence and the way you think about yourself. It can also change the way people think about you; they may take you more seriously, trust you more, or think that you are smarter or more powerful than you already are.
If you dress powerfully, you’ll act accordingly. A well put together outfit can completely change your state of mind and the way you think about yourself. Ever heard of mind over matter? Studies have shown that dressing well can help students do better on test and can even help stave off simple illnesses like the common cold.
What Does a Good Outfit Do To You?
Have you ever wondered why armed officials, like the Marine Corps, dress in sharp clean suits? It has been shown that dressing like this can help improve discipline. Military leaders often will inspect a soldier’s outfit for cleanliness of fabric and for the shine in their boots. Keeping their clothing clean and crisp teaches attention to detail as well as discipline. It’s these things as well as the power that win a war.
It’s All a Matter of Time
Dressing well can also help you take hold of other areas of your life. Taking the time in the morning before leaving for work to assemble an outfit, iron shirts, shine shoes and tie ties takes a certain degree of planning. It’s impossible to roll out of bed, throw some clothes on, and hop out the door and still look immaculately dressed. Building habits like this lead to better time management skills overall. People will recognize this effort you took and will appreciate it.