Most of us know what a catwalk is or, at the very least, we have seen one featured in a movie. A catwalk is a platform models stride across during fashion shows to advertise the designers’ collections. The walkway acts as a spotlight for them to show off the benefits of style. All eyes at the event are on the models as they walk down and back, showcasing the latest fashion trends and style inspiration.
In many ways, life can be like a catwalk at times or in certain situations. Whether we like it or not, we are all on display most of the time. When we leave the home, people look at the clothes we wear and the fashion choices we make. Even if you’re just running errands and feel as though you are not prepared to be on show, people still check out what you are wearing. Now as branding and designer labels are so recognisable on clothing, which you choose can also make a statement to the outside world. People use style and fashion to connect with others, so if they see you wearing a brand or style like their own preferences, it creates a connection point. The brand of clothing you choose can also set off aspirations in others.
When you go out, you want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward. You want to look at your best so you can make a good impression. You never know on any given day who you are going to meet, potential employers, new friends and even life partners.
Making a good impression on others isn’t the only reason to dress fashionably, stylish and well turned out, even when choosing a casual relaxed style. When you look good, you feel good. Fashion has the power to make you feel like you are standing at your tallest, whenever you head to work or go out for drinks with friends. If you have the propensity to be insecure about your looks or unsure of yourself in general, the right outfit can transform you into a more self-assured person at least on the outside anyway. When you look in the mirror and see flattering lines and well-fitting clothing wrapped up in a style of outfit that you feel suits you, it can cover up some of the insecurities you normally feel.
In fact, a study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that when people wear formal attire, they more powerful. The clothing you wear can influence the way you put yourself forward and change the way you interact with other people. Your clothes also influence how others see you. When you look put together and confident, people will believe you are confident.
One of the easiest ways to accomplish a poised persona is to wear designer clothing and accessories. Luxury items instantly make you feel good about yourself can make you feel in command. Find a designer that compliments your personal style and start collecting pieces that will enhance your wardrobe. You don’t have to buy a new closet all at once but having a few go-to statement items is a good place to start. For instance, a pair of Prada sunglasses will give you a bit of flair any time you step outside, while a suit or dress by Calvin Klein is the perfect power outfit for an important meeting.
Clothing should represent our personalities and make us feel good about ourselves overall. The clothing doesn’t make the person, but it’s still important to realise how the fashion choices we make influence our self-personas as well as how the people around us may treat us.
By acknowledging how powerful wise fashion choices can be, you can arm yourself with a new tool for success and confidence. Walk out there like you are strutting down a well-lit catwalk – with an audience hanging on your every step