Today’s needull is a feature on Dress for Success, a non-profit organization “that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
Research has shown clothing has the ability to affect the wearer’s own mood and behavior too. In his most recent study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal, Abraham Rutchick, an associate professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge, found that people who wore formal clothing performed tasks more efficiently and demonstrated the capacity for clearer, big-picture thinking.
“Clothing has a real effect on how you think in various ways,” says Rutchick. “The effect is most likely driven by feelings of power — clothing can make people feel more or less powerful. If someone is wearing a stained shirt or something that fits poorly, that leads to vulnerability.”