Elegance is about looking good, but it’s about more than looking good. It’s about smoothly and effortlessly moving through your day, always dressed for the occasion, always prepared. It’s about style and grace, not just fashion and price tags. It’s about looking and feeling timeless, feeling ready.
The impact of dressing well goes much deeper than just the way you look. Feeling well put together can influence your ability to be more productive, more social, and generally more attuned to and ready for the world.
Studies have shown that what you wear has a direct impact on how you feel and act. “Enclothed cognition” is the term for a phenomenon that, at first glance, might seem too good to be true: what you think about the clothes you’re wearing can actually change your behavior and your performance.
One study found that the simple act of wearing a lab coat made participants more observant and precise than other participants—even people who wore the same coat but thought of it as an artist’s smock. They acted more like scientists, without even being conscious of it. Similarly, dressing in an outfit that you associate with elegance and success helps you feel and act more elegant and successful. You may find that you are more at alert or more ready to be productive then you otherwise might be.
It’s a well-documented fact that the way you see yourself changes not only how you’re perceived by others, but also your own outlook and habits. In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck says, “For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.” If you see yourself as being able to grow, and if you take challenges as opportunities to learn, you set yourself up to achieve more and be happier over time—not just at work, but in all areas of your life.
Combine that mindset with the powers of enclothed cognition, and you’re really cooking with gas. Wearing clothes that make you feel powerful, elegant, and ready to take on any given situation can help you get into that growth mindset a little more each day, so you can learn more, do more, and be more.
Elegance is not just about how good an outfit looks on you. It’s about how it feels to you, and how you feel and act in it. It’s about knowing that your clothes can keep up with whatever you want to do with your day, whether that’s presenting at a meeting, running to catch a plane, or putting your best foot forward on a first date. It’s about workmanship you can trust, and attention to detail you can admire. It’s about the care that goes into your appearance and into your approach to the whole day.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal” - Yves Saint Laurent