Men's Fashion

Why a Shower, Shave or New Suit Makes You Feel Better

You know the old saying, “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” The bossman’s suit actually does have some power attached to it. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology divided people into three groups: One wore a suit, one dressed in sweats and the third group kept their original clothing on. They were then put in a scenario where they had to negotiate. The subjects wearing suits routinely out-negotiated those who were dressed down. Perhaps what’s even more interesting, is that the men in sweats actually showed lower testosterone levels, further reducing their aggression and power at the negotiating table.

It all seems to boil down to the value we attach to being well-kempt. It conveys an investment in oneself. Think about it like this: when your life seems to be spinning and your stress is piling up, your motivation and self-worth can take a serious hit. You can feel like control over your life is slipping away but one of the things you can control is tidying up—your home, your body and your wardrobe. It’s a short-term fix, of course, but it’s one that can get you into a good place to take stock of what’s important and guide you to what should be tackled next.

After you’ve maximized your best features by cleaning up your appearance, you’ll be able to wash away the negative self-doubt that can get in the way of your ability to make things happen for yourself.