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Why Being Stylish Matters

Why Being Stylish Matters

Being stylish doesn’t matter. Clothes and style are shallow. They are unimportant. Appearance shouldn’t matter as it’s what’s inside that counts, right?

Are you living in an alternative universe?

Not only do studies show that what you wear changes how you think and feel, research over the past decade at Princeton University by Professor Alexander Todorov has shown that a first impression takes less than 1/10th of a second to make! How others perceive you is decided in the blink of an eye, and that’s well before you’ve had the time to get a word out of your mouth. Whether you are more or less trustworthy or competent is judged on how you appear.  And empirical evidence from being out and about clearly shows that being stylish results in better treatment from others.

And for a trans girl, are you female or some caricature of a woman. Physical giveaways are an issue but assuming you follow our advice to minimize or disguise those mannish characteristics, then what you wear does have an impact on others impression of you. Yes, there are the jokes about the short tight skirts and 6 inch stilettos in the grocery store. Conversely a stylish trans girl as we see in these pictures from the Stylish Crossdresser series on Sister House proves the point that your appearance does make a difference.

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What You Wear Impacts What People Think Of You

Style matters, because your intellect and personality are not what people see first.

We have to get pass the outside to get to the inside and find out what a great personality you have, how smart you are and discover your integrity and value.

We are very visual beings, our brains have developed to take in visual messages and clues very quickly to help us survive and thrive over the millennia and this is why you need style.

What is fabulous is that you have the power to change people’s perception of you.  The clothes you choose to wear, the way you groom and whether or not you choose to smile are all within your control.

This doesn’t mean you have to dress up in suits or really formal clothes all the time.  Just that whatever you wear looks well put-together, fits, flatters and is appropriate for the situation. Your clothes represent your inner motivations and feelings and this forms a feedback loop in your brain.  So when you wear clothes that make you look good, you also feel good.

And if you think what you wear has no affect on how you think, then think again, as studies have proved the exact opposite.

What You Wear Impacts How Smart You Are

In a study done by Dr Adam Galinsky at Northwestern University where participants were given a white lab coat to wear, then asked to perform a test for selective attention (the ability to sustain attention on a task over a period of time).  Half the participants were told they were wearing a doctors coat, the other half a painters coat.  The result?  Those who thought they were wearing a doctor’s coat performed twice as well as those who were wearing the painter’s coat.

This  ability to influence how you perform and feel in clothing has been called “enclothed cognition” is showing that what you wear can and does, change your life.

Think about how you feel when you’re dressed in your worst clothes, when you’ve not bothered to do any grooming?  You catch sight of yourself in the bathroom mirror and you get that sinking feeling and it can shift your mood for the worse. Frankly, you don’t want to be around other people and I would postulate that most women feel this way.

I’ve seen this in action, take someone who has been wearing loose active-wear and put them in a smart suit and their entire body language changes, they straighten up and become more confident within seconds. Your clothes represent your inner motivations and feelings and this forms a feedback loop in your brain.  So when you wear clothes that make you look good and are stylish, you also feel good.

Then we get an  interesting offtake on fashion from Jessica Boehme who wore the same dress for a year (yea, really). Fashion encompasses our identity, how we communicate to others and how we relate to our clothes. Jessica says, “Fashion is about appearances, yes. But it’s more than that. It’s about revealing our personality to the external world and expressing who we are”

Which girl do you think will be better perceived by the world?

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Based on article from Insideoutstyle blog



DonnaKelli says:

Tasi..wonderful commentary in Style and fashion…I could not agree more. Today I’m casual in jeans and a top but “put together” …sandals with 2 1/2 inch heels..and running errands…you can always wear something that will accentuate the perception you are female….BTW thanks for using my images…be safe

Rita Doyle says:

I absolutely agree with you. If you go to the supermarket you can always go in jeans, tennis shoes or flats. a nice blouse or sweater. Your hair in a pony tail, if you have natural long hair, not too much make-up. You will seldom see a GG in cocktail dress, or mini skirt and stilettos at the super. In fact, many women dress terribly at the super, so even if you’re casual you’ll be the best dressed female there.

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