What not to wear: clothes that make you blue

Happiness: It’s Not in the Jeans

You may throw on an outfit without much thought in the morning, but your choice is strongly affected by your mood. And the item of casual wear in almost everyone’s wardrobe — denim jeans — is what most people wear when depressed, new research from psychologists at the University of Hertfordshire reveals.

Professor Pine said: “This finding shows that clothing doesn’t just influence others, it reflects and influences the wearer’s mood too. Many of the women in this study felt they could alter their mood by changing what they wore. This demonstrates the psychological power of clothing and how the right choices could influence a person’s happiness.”

Source: Science Daily

Anecdotal, I know, but this rings true. Although I have jeans I love to wear and make me feel good. But watch the show “What not to Wear” and see how people feel after they have cleaned themselves up and learn to dress confidently. For years I bought clothes that didn’t fit quite right or weren’t flattering. It took a while to learn that your outward image does reflect upon your inner self. It makes sense but sometimes we need science to confirm certain things with data. Don’t think this is one of those waste of money science studies. I think it’s important to be aware how cultural factors affect the way people behave.

The study found that ‘happy’ clothes — ones that made women feel good — were well-cut, figure enhancing, and made from bright and beautiful fabrics.

Happy International Women’s day. Now go buy something awesome, look great and feel good.