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Industry + Insights / July 14, 2014 / Emily Barrett
A Great Outfit Helps You Be More Productive at Your 9-5, Backed By Science

Studies show that how you dress can have a significant effect on your attitude and self-perception. When you dress more professionally, you feel and act more responsible, trustworthy, and capable.

Everyone has that one piece that makes them feel on top of the world. Whether it's your most fabulous stilettos that have a great track record or a favorite sweater that's comfort food in clothing form, we gravitate towards things that make us feel good when we wear them. It turns out that there's now scientific proof to back up those feel-good outfits; studies show that how you dress can have a significant effect on your attitude and self-perception. There's even a fancy new phrase to describe it. Scientists define "the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes" as enclothed cognition. In other words, when you dress more professionally, you feel and act more responsible, trustworthy, and capable. It doesn't matter if you're sitting in a cubicle or on your living room couch, your outfit can make a huge difference on your level of productivity. Never underestimate the power of a great outfit! Obviously the adage of "dress for the job you want, not the one you have" seems to have some truth to it. Balancing your desire to look (and feel!) professional against your desire not to get heatstroke can be difficult though. The key things to remember are light & loose. A silky sleeveless top like this one from Theory allows you to stay cool while the luxe material keeps you feeling dressed up and ready to take on your inbox. Or try this cute swing dress from Missguided. The loose skirt will keep you from melting in the heat, and the collar gives it a more business-like air. Add a splash of color to your look with a purple Earl & James blazer, which lets you have fun with your usual work wardrobe while sitting up a little straighter at your desk. Take some pointers from the ladies above. It's clear they've mastered the art of corporate cool, managing to look both fresh and sophisticated.  

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  Photo Credits: Extra Petite, District of Chic, Style Me Grasie, Saucy Glossie, 9 to 5 Chic
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