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How You Dress Impacts Your Ability to Be Productive

How You Dress Impacts Your ability to Be Productive
Neepa Sikdar
Written by Neepa Sikdar

The way we dress affects the way we feel.

Do you agree, how the way we dress affects our ability to get things done?

In a study by the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, two professors did experiments with a doctor’s white lab coat.

One of the experiments, students who wore a doctor’s white coat to perform different tasks made half as many errors as students who wore regular clothes.

Students who dressed like doctors were less likely to make an error —
even though the tasks assigned in the study had nothing to do with medicine. 

In another part of that study, students who were told they were wearing a doctor’s lab coat outperformed those students who were told they were wearing a painter’s coat.  

The professors took their findings and introduced the term…

“Enclothed cognition” to describe the systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer’s psychological success.”

CarlRichards

The way we dress affects the way we feel.  And the way we feel affects our ability to get stuff done.

HOW CAN THIS BENEFIT YOU?

Do you own experiment: 

TRY wearing pajamas or sweatpants for 3 days straight and then put on a shirt and pants the 4th day (it can be jeans, dress pants, leggings, or a dress.)

LMK if your mood improves, if you feel better about your situation or if you get more DONE.  

Dress the Part
Image via Newsweek

My clients hire me because they want to 

  • increase their visibility
  • get more clients
  • get promoted or land a new job
  • be taken more seriously
  • increase their confidence

Have you been putting off investing in yourself and your wardrobe?

In response to our current economic conditions and the reality that life will be remote for a while, I’ve streamlined my services so we can work on your style virtually in an affordable way.  

With Online Styling we communicate via video calls and share updates via your private customer portal.  My digital lookbook is the perfect resource for the current climate, you can upload images from your closet, I provide you with specific links to pieces I think you’ll love, and create fresh outfits with your new & old pieces all in one spot.

It’s been a lifesaver for my clients and has allowed me to style women all over the country. 

I’m offering special Quarantine pricing so you can take advantage of this time in isolation to focus on your wardrobe.  

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Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-AcceptanceAppreciation, and Personal Achievement.

We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have writtenIn that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.

I used to think everything I was doing was about being the woman I was supposed to be. I’m constantly working on self-improvement and figured SOMEDAY I’d be this put together and amazing woman, she was calm and self-assured and woke up at 430am had time to do everything one does in a perfect day, always had a smile on her face.

Then I realized nope, I already am the woman I want to be.  I’m pretty darn wonderful because I’m me, flaws and all.   Saying that out loud, owning my greatness, that’s been a huge shift in my self-discovery and mindset recently.  

2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?

I appreciate that I am a kind person, that I love with all my heart, that I am a giver and someone who helps others on a daily basis.  I appreciate that I’m a fighter although it can get me in trouble, I stand up for what I believe in.

3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.

The life I’ve created for myself is what I’m most proud of.  I’m proud that I’ve always gone after what I wanted and never let anyone stand in my way. I married the guy I wanted despite my family’s reluctance, I choose a career in fashion even though the pressure was there to go into medicine or science.   I’m proud of my daughters and know that I’m a great mom who always goes above and beyond for my kids despite not having the best example.

I’m grateful that as a personal stylist, I help my clients define their personal style and gain confidence so they can go on and do great work.   When they succeed, they thank me and I’m humbled to have played a small part.  

Photo by Caitlyn Wilson on Unsplash

About the author

Neepa Sikdar

Neepa Sikdar

Neepa Sikdar is a New Jersey based personal stylist and wardrobe consultant devoted to making women feel beautiful inside and out. She’s an entrepreneur, best selling author, and speaker on style. Her fashion philosophy is that, great style isn’t just about the clothes, but the way you feel when you’re wearing the right clothes.  Style is not a luxury only indulged by the rich, the famous or those with the seemingly perfect body. Rather, style should be — and can be — accessible to everyone.

Through her company, Accessible Style, Neepa helps women unlock their signature style and build a dream wardrobe. Her services include closet editing, outfit styling, personal shopping, event styling and brand styling. Her consistent record of profitability, diverse knowledge of apparel and accessories and focus on customer service allows Neepa to navigate her clients through the sea of brands and styles in the retail landscape.

She enjoys cooking, traveling, and laughing with her family.

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