One of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain is “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” This quote is so great because of the amount of truth that is in these two short sentences. If you want to have influence, then you have to be clothed in proper apparel, which is just one of the many reasons for you to start taking your clothes more seriously. This external benefit is not the only thing that you will gain from dressing well, because your mental state will start to change and grow for the better. Taking your clothes seriously and dressing well will result in you taking more leaps in your journey of personal development
You will boost your confidence/self-esteem and garner more respect from others
A big problem all over the world is that we bash ourselves down significantly, which ultimately damages and diminishes our self-esteem. To fix this, there needs to be an avenue that you can channel your energy into. One of the best routes is to focus on dressing well. This idea is supported by one of the most influential people on the planet, Kanye West. This man stated, “Believe in your flyness. Conquer your shyness.” Even though this can be taken as a joke, he is 100% right. You have to believe in the way you dress and the easiest route in having more confidence in your clothing is by dressing well. You can dress sloppily and still have confidence, but you will still look down on yourself more often than a well dressed individual.
You can gain confidence through clothing in mainly two ways. The first way was mentioned before, which is to believe in how amazing you look. This belief will translate into confidence, because you will be impressed by how great you look and that your belief in yourself will bolster your self-esteem. The second way we gain more confidence through clothing is that others will be reaffirming facts that we already know in the form of better first impressions, compliments, and their desire to be around you. This reaffirmation will help bolster in your confidence, because your mind will be constantly be fed with positive thoughts.
With your confidence being heightened, more individuals will want to be around you. They see a well dressed individual, who is confident. This means that more opportunities will be open for you. If we use an example of a celebrity at a special event, their clothes are impeccable. Everything is cut to perfection and they receive huge amounts of praise. Their self-esteem is bolstered and they like they are on top of the world. This same feeling can happen to you as long as you make the effort to dress better. Besides a celebrity, let us use a successful individual in business. When this person has to meet with clients, they are going to put their best foot forward and look the best that they can be, because they want the client to be impressed and comfortable enough to do business with them. By dressing well, you bolster your own confidence as well as others in you.
There is a wealth of resources on the internet for you to learn more
Due to the rise of the internet, there are so many blogs, YouTube channels, websites, and more with information about clothes. There is so much knowledge on the internet for you and a lot of it is completely free. Because of this, you do not have an excuse. You need to start dressing better than how you are dressing now. A simple Google search of “what you should wear this summer” will result in thousands of ideas that people have on clothes for the summer. You can also lookup things such as “fashion blogs for men” or “best stores to shop at for women”. The ways you can discover information about clothes on the internet is crazy.
If you are still unsure where to start searching and reading, then I have a couple of recommendations for you. These tips mainly apply to men, since I am speaking from my own experience. When I first became interested in clothing, I was completely lost until my stylish friend recommended for me to read the articles on a website called FashionBeans. They are absolutely amazing. FashionBeans has thousands of articles for you to read from with it ranging from suit apparel to watches to haircuts to anything to do with making a man appear elegant. If you prefer to watch videos, then there are plenty of amazing YouTubers to watch. Some of my favorites are One Dapper Street (for all around men clothing) and Teachmensfashion (for clothes). Each of these YouTubers has great advice for clothes and how to look better. They even talk about personal development topics as well, which is not that surprising due to the fact they are passionate about clothing. Ultimately, FashionBeans and YouTube are great places to start your journey into clothes and building your confidence.
More opportunities will spring up as you improve more upon yourself through clothes
By being better dressed, your self-esteem will rise and others will be impressed by you. My confidence instantly shot up when people started noticing my effort in clothes and how much more they respected my knowledge. Also, for me, it is not a big surprise when I receive a compliment before, during, and/or after an interview with a potential employer. I strongly believe that I have received more job and internship opportunities directly because of my level of confidence and my style of clothing. Because of this, I strongly urge you to start dressing better. There are truly no downsides when elevating your style, because you are on a path of personal development.
I love writing about personal development and sharing my experiences, but I know there will be times where I might not write about a subject that you really need to hear at that moment. Therefore, please, write a comment about what subjects that you would like for me to talk about. I am always open to suggestions!