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It’s no secret that what you wear can affect how you feel. It can impact how you think, how you process information, and according to some studies, it can make you more (or less) honest, and affect your ability to influence others.
For example, according to a Harvard study published in Psychological Science, those wearing counterfeit sunglasses are more likely to act unethically in other areas. Thankfully, with the ever-changing British and Irish weather, who knows when you’ll next need your sunglasses?!
What about my pyjamas? They seem honest enough...
Since governments in the UK and Republic of Ireland mandated that we should work from home if we can, sales of pyjamas and loungewear have skyrocketed. John Lewis alone have reported a 200% rise in slipper sales during lockdown.
Whilst parting from your new fluffy sliders or your designer dressing gown in a morning may seem like a daunting task, there are some good reasons to ditch them in the daytime...
Waking up at your usual time, showering and dressing for work can help you to stay mentally well by keeping your stimulus control in check. By sticking to your usual routine, you’re sending all the right signals to your brain that it’s time to be productive and own the day.
Tips for a working from home #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)
If it’s something you feel comfortable in, and it's video call appropriate – it’s ticked the only two boxes that you need to worry about
If you’re on video calls a lot during the day, you might want to think like a TV presenter and avoid small prints or stripes that will look fuzzy or distracting on screen
If you’re affected by the sensory aspect of clothes or material – choose fabrics that will help with this, thicker and closer fabrics can make you feel reassured, whilst looser and lighter fabrics can relieve some of the feeling of being ‘hemmed-in’ associated with lockdown.
For a mood boost, wear something of personal significance to you or that has links to favourite memories
And finally: Replace dress-down days in the office with ‘dress-up’ video conference calls. Dialling in to see everyone in fancy dress is quite the end to the working week!
Everyone’s dress-for-success plan looks different. What’s yours?
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