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Does how you dress effect your mood?

Does the clothing you wear affect your mood, and/or does your mood affect your clothing choices? #auratenyc

 

As I sit here and write this post, I am still in my pajamas (and it’s almost noon on a Tuesday). Thankfully I don’t go into work until 3:00, so I still have plenty of time to get dressed, do up my make-up, put in some gold earrings, spray on some perfume and head out the door. Trust me, I would much rather wear my pajamas all day.

Wearing my comfy pajamas does not make me feel revved up and ready for a day at work.

Do you think that what you wear can effect your mood? I’ll cite some examples of what I am referring to.

Sitting here in my pajamas makes me feel lazy and unmotivated to do anything.

During the holiday season, my husband and I attended a Christmas party hosted by the company I am employed by. I wore a beautiful holiday blouse with rhinestones and sequins. My hair was done by my daughter. At the party I felt happy and “bouncy.” I felt like there was a lot of “pep in my step,” so to speak. Only a few hours earlier I was in my comfy pajamas.

After I finish this post I will be wearing my work clothes. I could easily select sweatpants and a tee shirt (there is no dress code where I work), or I could wear more proper work attire (dress pants, nice blouse, jewelry, perfume…). I always opt to wear traditional work attire because I feel like if I work the sweatpants and tee shirt I will be totally unmotivated to do anything and feel lazy. I work with children, so I cannot be in that state of mind. I need to be on top of things every second I am at work to make sure the children are safe and secure.

I honestly do feel like what you wear sways you into feeling different states of mind (happy, excited, lazy…).

I have noticed a lot lately that what I decide to wear to work also depends on how I am feeling as I step inside my closet. If I’m happy, I wear things that are brightly colored or have fun designs on them. If I’m feeling tired or I have low energy, I tend to pick out clothing that is softer and over sized. If I am feeling overly confident about something, I tend to choose clothing that is more professional looking (even though I work with children and I’m around stick glue, slime and crayons).

Even the shoes I wear effect my mood, or my mood is effected by it. Normally I wear sneakers, but from time to time I’ll feel like dress shoes or boots (like Uggs) are more inline with how I feel. The jewelry I choose the wear and the perfume I spritz on are also affected by my mood (and vice versa).

I have seen research on the subject, but I am curious to know what readers think about the subject? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*This post is sponsored by Nakturnal. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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