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Dressing for the Job you want actually works

March 21, 2017

if you have fallen into a style rut at work (we see you, hoodie guy) or never really had much 9-to-5 game to begin with, pretending that no one cares or notices your less-than-enviable office wardrobe isn't doing you any favors. Admittedly, it’s our job to say that but, the Wall Street Journal highlighted a few studies that happened to back the notion up. Simply put: It does matter what you wear to work. Not only is your confidence effected by your clothes, but people make snap judgments about your abilities based on what you’re wearing.

One study conducted in 2014 at Yale, for example, revealed that men who wear suits are better at negotiating than those wearing street clothes or sweats. In the study, the more casually dressed participants backed down more quickly and weren’t taken as seriously as their suited-up counterparts.

In another study, published last year, men wearing more formal office clothes tended to exhibit stronger leadership skills than those who were dressed casually. The formally dressed participants were better at abstract thinking and focusing on the big picture while the less dressed-up folks tended to “sweat the small stuff”.

While this isn’t exactly surprising, it’s affirming to see the old notion of "dressing for the job you want” backed up by modern-day research. If only because we happen to think every guy looks better in a suit and also because, as much as we love the possibilities of athleisure, jersey starts to feel a little meh after a while. Unless you're Mark Zuckerberg, that is.




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