Why I Like To Dress up – 7 Awesome Reasons

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 7 AWESOME Reasons Why I Like To Dress Up Well!

Have you ever thought about what goes on in your mind when deciding on what to wear? Do you dress up for the occasion or your moods? Do you go with the first thing available on hand in your closet? Or you carefully spend time planning the outfit and the related accessories? Do you like to go with the fashion trends or the comfort quotient?

For me personally, all the above are essential & sometimes, one may contradict or complement the other. But for me dressing up every day is an integral part of my self-care routine and not vanity.

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Whether I am working from home or office, weekday or a weekend, I like to be appropriately dressed all the time. Dressing up does not mean that I like to doll up all the time. To me, dress up means to be presentable and comfortable in what I am wearing. My style may be inspired by what I see around in current fashion trends, but it has elements that speak of my individuality & I like that.

You may feel what are the benefits of dressing well when you are a homemaker or working from home.

Why put in that extra effort in the morning when there are things to take care of, kids, to be sent to school and run errands in the morning. And anyway, you are not going anywhere, so you should dress up every day? If you have an office to attend, then its all the above plus additional pressure of office work which puts dressing up last on the list.

If these are your excuses, I want you to sit back, grab a cup of coffee and read on.

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7 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Dress Up Well Everyday

1. First Impression

As much as we may want to deny, this is a fact. The way we dress up makes our first impression on people who don’t know us. 

The moment someone sees us, our dressing sense and appearance catches the attention. People form opinions, right or wrong, which is secondary. It’s always nice to approach someone who is pleasantly dressed. And in sync with the role, occasion or the purpose of the meeting. It immediately puts the other person at ease and is a starting point for conversations.

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2. Improved Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence

The most apparent benefit of dressing up well is the confidence it gives you in your self. As mentioned before, dressing up does not mean I have my best dress on with full makeup. You may say I want to dress up, but I have nowhere to go.

Dress up in the morning means I am out of my pyjamas, and I am ready for the day ahead. Depending on whether I am at home or going to work, I like to dress up appropriately.

Several studies indicate that wrong clothes can negatively affect our self-confidence. Clothing impacts our performance at work and in life. If you feel this is my theory, read on.

According to the findings from a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects who wore a lab coat associated with the doctor’s coat performed better than those who didn’t wear a lab coat and those who wore a lab coat described as a painter’s coat.

Researchers have called this phenomenon “enclothed cognition”, meaning that what you wear has a significant effect on your physical and psychological state. The clothes you put on can make or break your self-confidence level. Here is an interesting article published in the New York Times( Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isn’t Just a White Coat) which explains this study in detail.

Therefore dressing up well is a great self-esteem booster. If you look good, you feel good & if you feel good, you perform even better!

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3. Colours are Mood Elevators

While we may not pay too much attention to this in our day-to-day life, our mood is influenced by the colour we wear. I love wearing bright colours like reds & yellows since they signify warmth & happiness. But there are some days I want to go with Blues and whites as they help me feel calm. Is this my imagination? Well, read on what the research is saying.

Looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine — known as the “feel-good hormone” — which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive. On the other hand, ‘ Cool blues have been linked to the release of oxytocin, making you feel calm. This is called Colour Psychology. Colours have an ability to impact our Moods, Feelings and Behaviours & here is a detailed study for those interested in knowing more ( Colour Psychology).

Let me share an interesting fact from the land I come from. In India, people celebrate the festival of Navratri and worship the nine divine form of Goddess Durga. It is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in almost every part of India in the latter half of the year. Since there are nine different avatars of Goddess Durga, each day is dedicated to one of her forms or avatar. Also, there is a distinct food and colour significance attached to each day of Navratri. And the devotees dress up in different colours specific to each Navratri day. Since the festival is celebrated for nine days, there are nine colours of Navratri, with each colour holding its relevance for a particular day of Navratri. Isn’t this amazing?

So why not use this to our advantage. Depending upon your moods & feelings, pick up a colour to wear and feel the change. It works really well on Mondays ( trust me on that ). Even if you are a homemaker or working from home, I am sure your wardrobe has all these colours. If not, then here is a valid reason to shop which always works irrespective.

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4. Show Respect

To dress up appropriately for an occasion or a role is a reflection of the respect & importance we attach to that role. Let me explain.

It’s always a good practice to dress up formally for important business meetings in the corporate world. Turning up in ill-fitting clothes indicates a casual approach and may not go down well with the other members. While some offices have a casual dressing culture, they still have guidelines defining what casual dressing means.

I am from the old school of thought and believe that dressing as per your role in any organisation is also a fundamental job requisite. It does not mean I don’t have fun while dressing up for work, and I need to dress up in boring blacks, greys and white.

You can always use a pop of bright colour informal clothing as well. For my Indian friends, there is a formal line of Indian Clothing from “W – for Woman” or “FabIndia”, which offer an amazing corporate range. They also ship outside India. For folks living outside India, there are many options available online and in-store for western formal clothing.

The same holds if you are going out for an occasion. Imagine walking into a formal party in your torn jeans. While this may be your most favourite outfit, but its definitely not right for the occasion. Similarly, being overdressed for a casual brunch may be uncomfortable or embarrassing for your host at times. We have to keep the event, the invitees, the venue and the season in mind while deciding how to dress up. Therefore the importance of dressing well goes beyond just looking good.

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5. Inspire Others

When you dress up well, you inspire people around you to match your penchant for dressing up. Soon you will see maybe your daughter or family members taking that effort for themselves.

I have had people coming up to me at my workplace & sharing their lost passion for dressing up. Some mentioned that they had lost the charm of dressing up while shouldering the many responsibilities of managing home and work.

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I remind them that they have to love themselves & feel good about themselves first.  An important Life Lesson (5 Essential Life Lessons you need to know) I learnt from my mom. My mom is a doctor by profession & has been practising till now at the age of 86 years. She finally took a break due to the pandemic risks for senior citizens. Right from my childhood, I have always seen her meticulously plan her attire for the next day, including matching accessories. Pl note this was despite her hectic schedule. And this is her ritual even today. I guess that’s where my sister and I get this trait.

Therefore it’s not about the profession you are in or your age. It’s all about making time for yourself, looking better, feeling better, and thus making that effort to live better.

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6. Declutter your Wardrobe

This is an obvious by-product of your passion for dressing up. Imagine trying to find the right attire in a mess of clothes? Well, teenagers still manage this ( ask my teen daughters) with multiple shoutouts to their moms. But I simply can’t.

I need to have my clothes neatly piled up or stacked as per casual/occasion/ daily wears. De-cluttering not only helps me to do a quick assessment of my inventory ( which is never enough 🙂 ) but also helps me match things together to get a different look every time. And if you are fond of accessorising your look like I am, then organising your clothes helps you make it easier. Planning your look does not take too much time if you have your clothes, jewellery & shoes organised. There are some fantastic Jewellery organisers available on Amazon Site (USA), Amazon site (Sg) and Amazon Site (India). IKEA has a fantastic range for wardrobe & shoe organisers. These are especially useful if you have limited wardrobe space in your room.

When you de-clutter your wardrobe, you will realise that there are so many outfits that you have not worn for a long time. And some not even once as they got pushed back as more clothes get added. You will want to dress up in them now, which will help you feel new altogether. Trust me, it works!!

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7. Your Style Speaks About You

What you wear is an expression of who you are. So be true to yourself. You don’t have to run after fashion trends, but you cannot be living in the 19th century at the same time. Therefor a fair balance of modern contemporary clothing and comfort is what I go for. For me, Fashion is what gives me the confidence to carry myself in a roomful of people. Its also something I am comfortable with when I look in the mirror. So it’s all about me and not about the world outside.

I want to share a fascinating discussion with my younger teen ( all 13 years). As I was writing this blog, I asked my two daughters what dress up means to them. My younger one had a point of view. She said that whatever I dress up in should not stereotype me in a category. For, e.g., if I dress up casually or in tattered jeans, it does not mean that I care less for the world. It’s just my way of “Dressing Up”. “So don’t judge me without knowing me”. Wow!!

Therefore all my 7 points focus on the impact of dressing upon us. I do not recommend what you should dress up in. It is your choice, your style. But keep the above points in mind when you are deciding on what to wear the next time.

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So  Dress up, Life is too short to wear frumpy clothes !!

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Rippy Gauba
Rippy Gauba

I am a working professional and a mom of 2 teen daughters. After having worked in the corporate world for 22 years, I am now a free-lance consultant specialising in project management. I am very passionate about spending quality time with my family, my pet CoCo, painting and blogging.

I write on Mindset, Motivation & Management. These are everyday, practical tips I picked up from my personal & professional life. These learnings have impacted my life as an individual, as a parent and as a working professional. I am sure these will be useful for you too and help create Ripples of change in your lives & that’s my intention.

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7 thoughts on “Why I Like To Dress up – 7 Awesome Reasons”

  1. Dr Minni Chadha

    Totally with you on this Rips ?…I’ve always believed that life is too short to wear boring clothes…and of course jewellery has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique …
    In India, usually, the doctors don’t dress up fashionably In bright colours, put on makeup or wear jewellery as it goes against the normal image of doctors .. (sober & sedate)which people have in their minds about them.But I have never really cared about this supposedly normal mode of dressing in our profession.I wear what I want to unapologetically… For me it’s never about impressing anyone but it’s all about me& myself..
    I love clothes accessories fashion makeup… and make no apologies for that ?
    For me Fashion is an armour to survive the reality of everyday life.
    Another great piece of writing ??

  2. Rightly said Rippy! It’s easy to fall into the trap of yoga pants all day thinking what’s the point of dressing up as we are not going anywhere and then sulk and feel even worse. I have been dressing up ,not the whole nine yards though, keeping it casual and I feel that it definitely lifts my mood.

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