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Dressed for Success: How Style Impacts Confidence

A closeup of a stylish woman walking on a street in beige linen trousers, blouse with wide sleeves and a black frindged handbag

Dressing well is more than just picking out an outfit—it's about wearing clothes with confidence. Your clothing choices speak about your personality, attitude to life and work, and even your level of self-assurance. In this blog post, we'll talk about the psychology of dressing well and how it can influence success, focusing on different styles and what your clothes say about you.

The Psychology of Dressing Well

Dressing well is a form of self-expression and can significantly impact your mental and emotional state while also playing a vital role in having a positive body image, as wearing an outfit that makes you feel good increases your confidence and projects outwards. A clean haircut and stylish clothes can go a long way by projecting self-respect and ambition. The psychology behind this is quite intriguing: the clothes you choose can not only alter your mood and boost your self-esteem but also affect how others perceive you. 

Enhancing Mood

Wearing your favorite color, fabric, or cut, that is, clothing pieces that represent your personal style, can uplift your mood and make you feel more at ease in different social situations. 

Increased Confidence

Have you ever noticed how a fresh haircut, a crisp, clean shirt, or a perfect shade of lipstick can make you feel confident? Well-chosen clothes and accessories can empower you, helping you feel more self-assured and ready to conquer the day. 

First Impressions Matter

It is no secret that people often form initial opinions based on your appearance. Our fashion choices communicate with our surroundings even before we present ourselves with words. And how much time does it take for people to form an image of you? 

Seven seconds is the period within which people will have a solid opinion of who you are - and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness. This means that dressing well can leave a lasting positive impression, influencing how others perceive your competence and personal traits.  

Confidence Clothing

Confidence connected to clothing is more than just fashionable apparel - it is about choosing outfits that align with your personality and make you feel confident and powerful. Here are some tips on how to choose confidence clothing: 

Find your style

Style grows and changes throughout your life, and it's always possible to tweak it in the direction that will make you feel better about yourself. Think about the outfit that made you feel good lately: was it because the fabric was cozy or felt luxurious? Was the fit flattering to your figure? Was the pattern so beautiful that you received a compliment or two? Was it the color that lifted your mood instantly? Try to recreate that feeling by finding other combinations or pieces that boost confidence. 

Comfort is key

When choosing clothes, choose the ones that fit well and are comfortable. When you're at ease in your clothing, you move naturally and project confidence and poise. On the other end, when you wear uncomfortable clothes - whether it's the unbreathable fabric or a piece that feels too tight, your uneasiness will show. 

Functional and timeless design

For daily wear, work, and running errands around the city, you'd want to look elegant, but you also want your clothes and accessories to be practical. That's especially important when it comes to bags. We at MYSA love Grams28 minimal yet extremely practical bags: crafted from full-grain Italian leather; they have a clean, polished look and hidden pockets and compartments inside. 

Our top pick is their 154 City Pack, made for commuting and work. It's an elegant, understated black bag, perfect for every work occasion. It fits everything from your phone and charger to your iPad, keys, sunglasses, water bottle, book, cosmetics—you name it!

Black Grams28 leather bag

And for those who want to carry their laptop around in style, the 171 Laptop Sling has a timeless, messenger bag design and a neatly organized interior that can fit not only your laptop and charger, but also your compact camera, a notebook, stationery, and even a perfume, for a quick refreshment. We love how this bag effortlessly balances formality with its clean lines and practicality, as an everyday carry.

Grams 28 Laptop Bag

Dress for the occasion

Outfit should always match the situation you're in. Wearing appropriate attire for an event or meeting will not only show respect to the people attending the event but will also boost your confidence and demonstrate your understanding of the context. And whatever the occasion, clean and freshly ironed clothes make all the difference.  

What Your Clothes Say About You

As mentioned, clothing is a powerful non-verbal communicator, relaying messages about your personality, status, and even your profession, and what you wear can significantly influence how you are perceived in various social and professional settings.

Professional Attire 

When you wear crisp suits and shirts, tailored dresses, and polished shoes, you send a clear message of professionalism. As famous Bazaar and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said: "Unshined shoes are the end of civilization." This style suggests you are an organized and detail-oriented person. The tailored fit and structured lines indicate that you value precision and strive for excellence in everything you do. Professional attire is often also associated with people being perceived as more ethical and taking their roles seriously. 

Casual and Relaxed 

Choosing loose-fitting clothes, comfortable fabrics, and simple designs communicates a more laid-back and approachable personality. This style is often associated with those who prioritize comfort and value a relaxed, easygoing approach to life. It is perceived as a sense of openness and approachability, suggesting you're friendly, which can appeal to social or creative environments. 

Bold and Trendy 

Choosing bright colors and unique patterns signals that you are confident and comfortable with standing out. This kind of outfit suggests creativity and a certain level of adventurousness. It reflects a person who is unafraid to express themselves and is often associated with those who are bold in their choices and eager to make a statement. So, whether you opt for a professional, casual, or bold look, each choice speaks about you and contributes to the way the world perceives you.   


In conclusion, the way you dress is a reflection of your inner self and creates the outside perception of you. Understanding the psychology of dressing well and that clothing styles allow you to tailor your outfits to suit the impression you want to achieve can help you project the image you desire and boost your success in both personal and professional spheres. It's about using clothing to reflect your personality, adapt to different environments, and project an image that aligns with your goals and aspirations.



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Elle 12/10/2023

Ooh, Devil Wears Prada comes to mind reading this. It's important to remember that you're the one wearing the clothes, not the other way around!

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dora 13/10/2023

In reply to by Elle


Hi Elle,

thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

We totally agree!! Keep tracking because there will be more fun articles to come!!

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Mike 15/04/2024

In reply to by dora


Hi Dora,
I really enjoyed liking your post!

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dora 18/04/2024

In reply to by Mike


Hello Mike,

Thank you so much! :)

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Michael Snow 04/04/2024

There is absolutely no evidence to support anything you have written in your first paragraph
No mentally healthy person allows their mood or self confidence to be affected by something as ephemeral as clothing
No item of clothing makes you more capable or more intelligent
Confidence comes from within, in knowing your abilities, skills, talents, not from different clothes

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dora 05/04/2024

In reply to by Michael Snow


Hello Michael,

Thank you for sharing your perspective.

We appreciate your feedback and understand that confidence is indeed deeply rooted within oneself. It's important to recognize that clothing is just one aspect of self-expression and does not define a person's worth or capabilities.

While our intention was to highlight the potential impact of clothing on mood and self-perception, we acknowledge that confidence is multifaceted and originates from internal factors such as abilities, skills, and talents.

Your insights serve as a valuable reminder of the importance of inner strength and self-assurance. We strive to promote a holistic approach to confidence-building that encompasses both internal and external factors.

Thank you for contributing to the conversation.

Best regards,


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