A Gentleman’s Guide to Fashion

We have all heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”.  Or felt the undeniable biological change when we put on a new outfit that we know we look good in!  However, did you know there is actual scientific evidence behind this?  Below are three recent studies that show the correlation between the clothes you wear and your mental & physical performance at work.

Suit up!  In a paper published in August 2015 in Social Psychological and Personality Science, participants were asked to wear either formal or casual clothing before a series of cognitive tests.  Those wearing formal business attire experienced higher increased abstract thinking than those dressed more casually.  This level of abstract thinking is an important aspect of creativity and long-term strategizing concluding that big ideas come from those wearing a suit.

Compromising attire?  In a study reported in December 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, male subjects wore either suits or sweats.  These men then engaged in a partner-negotiation exercise.  The most profitable deals were obtained by those who dressed up.  In addition, those who dressed down experienced lower levels of testosterone.   Therefore, informal clothing may have a negative effect on negotiations or, in other words, dressing less formal equates to getting less of what you want.

Laser Focus.  In research published in July 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects were asked to wear a white lab coat while performing an attention-demanding task.  Those who were told their lab coat was a doctor’s coat performed better and made fewer mistakes than those who were told it was a painter’s smock.  The indication is that the importance of the clothing, not just the clothing itself, can affect performance.

Whether you realize it or not, clothing has a significant impact on your job performance.  Confidence, power, and focus are all affected by the clothes we wear, and the clothes worn by others.  Remember this next time you are standing in front of your closet asking, “What should I wear?”

Check out these Summer 2018 Menswear Trends from FashionBeans.

Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes are officially the go-to pattern for men this summer.  From jackets to t-shirts and joggers to socks, summer is all about the stripes!  However, limit it to one vertically striped piece at a time.

Tonal Dressing

Gone are the days of referring to the color wheel to match complimentary colors when getting dressed.  This summer try the monoaromatic look with navy, tan, grey, or even pastels keeping in mind the magic number 3 as the number of tonal pieces per outfit.

Tropical Print Shirts

Fashion’s biggest surprise this season is the arrival of the usually gaudy, always ill-fitting, and typically attached to the overbearing “fun-guy” …Tropical Print Shirt.  This trend requires subtlety which, ironically, is lost on the actual shirt.  Finds designs with a muted back color and pair with a tailored jean for an upscale take on this causal look.

Checks

While technically checks never left, this new wave is all about wearing the right type.  This season experiment with different sizes, styles, and color motifs on outwear and knitwear.  Make sure you keep the rest of your outfit “in-check” by toning down the other pieces in your outfit to avoid giving others a headache.

Dad Denim

Say goodbye to the circulation-restricting “Skinny Jean” and say hello to comfortable “Dad Denim”.  Think loose fit, light wash, unfussy, and straight up & down, but with an understated sense of style such as a cropped or pinroll look.  Comfort is back!

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