It is true that some people like to dress up, and that some people like to dress down. But most of us like to dress somewhere in between.
Style is not just about what you wear. A dress is not style; a coat is not style. The things you wear are just the visible clothes, but style is what people see when they look at you. Style is about how you carry yourself. This is not about posture or gestures; it's about how you move. It's about how you seem.
Clothing is part of what defines your style, but it isn't all of it. Your style comes from your personality. Style is about how you use your clothing. How you combine your clothes is how you define your style. Clothing is the substance. Style is form.
Here’s your guide:
Wear Colors You Feel Good In
What colors do you wear?
When picking out a piece of clothing, do you consider how well it will match your skin tone?
How about color temperature?
Do you wear black because it goes with everything?
Do you wear red because it makes you look thinner?
Do you wear blue because it makes you feel cool?
People respond most strongly to colors they have some experience with. So when choosing colors to wear, it's good to start with your favorite ones. But colors don't work as pure "visual" stimuli. Some colors work well together and some don't. So in addition to wearing your favorite color, it helps to wear colors that look good together. Let's look at color temperature. Warm colors tend to be energizing, while cool colors tend to be relaxing. Color temperature also affects mood. 😉
Brands’ Inferiority Complex
When someone asks you why you bought those clothes, what do you say? "I like them"? "I wanted to make a statement"? "They were on sale"? If there's one thing I've learned, it's that thinking through why you buy things is one of the best ways to avoid the impulse splurge. In part, because brands are not just symbols. They are brands.
When consumers buy something from a brand, they are buying not just the product, but also the illusion of connection. We imagine ourselves as part of something bigger than ourselves. We imagine having something in common with others. These connections give us a sense of being part of something larger than ourselves.
Dressing is the art of communicating who you are, just like talking is the art of communicating who you are. People make assumptions about who you are based on the way you dress, but they don't always get it right. Your clothing tells a story about who you are, and people make assumptions about who you are based on that story. The assumptions aren't always right, though.
Your clothing tells who you are in three ways:
- Clothing is an external expression of your personality. People make assumptions about your personality based on your clothing. They associate clothing designs, colors, and patterns with ideas about who you are, and that association lasts for a long time.
- Clothing is an external expression of your social position. People make assumptions about your social position based on your clothing. They associate clothing designs, colors, and patterns with ideas about who you are. They may also associate clothing designs and colors with ideas about what other people think you are like.
- Clothing is an external expression of your profession. People make assumptions about your profession based on your clothing. They associate clothing designs, colors, and patterns with ideas about where you work, what you do, and what you focus on. Clothing communicates a lot, and in a complicated way. It's cheap and easy to customize, and that's why it works so well.
People today don't just wear clothes. They wear clothes that are part of fashion.
The fashion industry has become an enormous business, and fashion is now one of the biggest influences in modern culture. But fashion itself is a complex business. The fashion industry's success has come from not only selling clothes but also from selling fashion. Fashion is not just about clothes; it's an entire lifestyle. Fashion is about more than what people wear, and what people wear is only one part of fashion.
Remember, clothing is what you do with substance. Style is what you do with form. People wear clothes for lots of different reasons. Some are practical and some are symbolic: to show someone you are a rich man or a poor man, to be fashionable or conservative. Some are protective: to keep your body safe. Some are decorative: to show your personality. Some are practical, symbolic, protective, and decorative. Different people have different priorities. Some people like to look good; others like to feel warm. Sometimes, however, the two merge. Because clothing is material, and material takes up space, clothing is a way of using space. People do all kinds of things with space. People make rooms. People make cities. People make history. As you use space, you define it. You identify.
Just like us, we create stylish yet unique clothing that is treated to be comfortable, durable, and fashionable. Stop by our store or go online to build your own look. You’ll be smiling all the way.
The clothing you wear is the first thing people see about you. You might as well dress to impress. But, as you probably already know, clothing is more complex than anything a designer can typically do. That was true in Newton's day, too. Clothing was mostly about practical matters. You were either dressed for the weather, or you weren't.