Look Good, Feel Good: How Your Style Strengthens Your Self-Confidence
If you’ve ever pulled on a suit jacket that fit you like a glove and looked in the mirror as you buttoned it up, you’ll know that the clothes you wear (and the rest of your overall look) have an undeniable effect on the way you feel.
Tucking in a crisp white dress shirt makes you feel professional and deft.
Knotting your tie feels courtly and dignified.
And buttoning up a well-fitting jacket makes you stand up taller and carry yourself with pride.
Fortunately for those of us who don’t work in the financial industry or star in the hit show Suits, you can get the same kind of instant, confidence-boosting feeling without suiting up.
The same self-esteem-bolstering effects extend to any piece of clothing that makes you feel poised, polished and put together.
Have you ever seen that movie with Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell?
No, not the one that won the Oscar.
I mean the first one – Crazy, Stupid, Love.
In it, Steve Carell plays a guy who finds out that his wife has been cheating on him, which leads to an existential crisis as he spirals into self-doubt and despair.
Ryan Gosling, meanwhile, basically plays Ryan Gosling.
Alright fine – that’s not exactly true. But you could be forgiven for thinking so.
Gosling plays a swaggering lothario with seemingly unshakeable self-confidence – and, interestingly, a heart of gold – who decides to take Carell’s character under his wing and help him bounce back from his depression.
And where’s the very first place Gosling’s charismatic character takes Carell to regain his mojo?
The (mothafuckin’) mall...
In the grand tradition of movie characters like Danny Ocean, James Bond and Thomas Crown before him, Gosling’s character understood that one of the best, most immediate and effective ways to feel better on the inside is to look better on the outside.
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