There’s more to clothing than aesthetics or making the right fashion matches. The way we dress influences not only the way we are perceived, but also our own behaviour. Scientific research shows that we can actually embody the symbolic meaning of clothes and act accordingly.
The doctor’s coat, for example, generally associated with being attentive and not making errors. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology showed that wearing what was thought to be a doctor’s coat during a test increased attention compared to wearing a painter's coat.
Can we feel more confident and powerful just by wearing the right clothes? Even though confidence is a complex issue, clothing is an important piece in this puzzle. Creating a powerful look depends mostly on your personal style, so it will be variable, but here are some tips that might help.
#1. Wear Black
Black is a strong colour and always a go-to choice for creating a powerful look. It is flexible in its meaning, it can take you towards a refined or elegant look, a sensual one, an authority or business look, it can be luxurious or aggressive.
Jessica Choay – Velvet, £900
Stella Mccartney - Dipped-hem wool blend midi dress, £910
Veera Kerimaa - Long Pleated Dress Black, £425
#2 Choose Straight Lines
Straight lines add a strong feel to an outfit. You can choose a clothing item like a suit, trousers or even a dress, but you can also find them in accessories like minimalist jewellery or bags.
Alexander McQueen - Army green wool jacket, £1.475
Alexander McQueen - Army green wool crepe crop trousers, £595
Emmie McCourts - Alexa Coat, £810
#3 Expressive Jewellery
Repeating the theme of straight lines, minimalist jewellery and expressive jewellery in general will complete a powerful look. Extravagant jewellery can be a great asset in the right circumstances.
Astrid & Miyu - My Best Angle Ring Silver, £50
Catherine Zoraida - Conch Cuff, £658
CF Concept - Aura Ring Silver Diamonds, £1,340
Catherine Zoraida - Dragonfly Ring, £200
Lestie Lee - Fancy Diamond Charms Cuff Rhodium, £857
The elegance of heels, especially stiletto heels, is indisputable and a great choice for a remarkable outfit. Named after what was intended to be a stabbing weapon, a dagger with a needle-like point, the stiletto heel has a powerful visual impact.
Malone Souliers - Tina navy suede and karung ankle boots, £695
A distinctive perfume is one of the most powerful personal signatures. If the outfit seems to rigid, the perfume will balance it, creating an interesting feminine touch.
Penhaligon's London - Iris Prima Eau De Parfum, £88
Creed - Royal Oud Eau De Parfum, £210
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