Can dressing for success lead to success? Recent studies, as noted by a recent Wall Street Journal article, suggest dressing up for work in a suit or blazer will improve employees overall productivity.
We have said it before and we’ll say it again; Ladies, suit up!
We already know that wearing nice clothes to the office affect how you’re feeling and boosts your confidence. But dressing well also positively affects how people perceive you. What you wear sends a message to people around you. When suiting up, you will feel more powerful which in return leads to higher chances of success. When you feel good, you do good.
In a 2014 study at Yale university, researched had participants partake in mock negotiations of buying and selling. Those who were dressed in sweatpants and flipflops averaged a theoretical profit of $680,000, while the group who had suited up averaged a theoretical profit of $2.1 million. The ones dressed ‘naturally’ averaged a $1.58 million profit. The study showed that the ones dressed poorly deferred to the suited ones, and the suited ones in return felt more respected than what they otherwise might feel and backed down less.
Plus or Minus One Rule
This dress code can help guide you on how to dress well, and still follow the company dress code. Dressing well does not necessarily mean to slap on a suit, it means to dress well while following the set dress code. It basically means that if most people in your office wear dress shirts, then you should add a blazer to your look. If most people already wear blazers, then it’s a good idea to put on a suit. You get the idea, right?