An interesting study came out in the Daily Mail this weekend. According to the report, a survey claims that by Friday, England’s working women throw in the sartorial towel and trade their “smart” ensembles for relaxed, dressed-down looks. Information about the pool of women polled was not included in the article, and I’m a little curious to whom, exactly, they spoke.
I’m not disputing the accuracy of the data collected, but in my personal experience, dressing up provides that extra kick of energy at the end of the week that so many of us desperately need. I often tell my friends and colleagues, “You can always guess how tired I am by how outrageous my outfit is.” Not sold? Well, there’s research to prove that dressing your best makes you feel top-notch. While writing an essay about fashion and fairy tales back in 2012, I stumbled upon a study by Northwestern University’s Adam D. Galinksy and Hajo Adam, which explored the transformative power of clothing. Their experiment essentially proved that what we wear has a significant influence on our behavior. Whether we’re in a costume or an LBD, we subconsciously embrace the traits that our garments suggest.
With that in mind, if you’re feeling drained, why give in? Oftentimes it’s best to counteract exhaustion or stress with a little playful dressing. If someone feels better about him or her self in jeans and a T-shirt or sweatpants and trainers, I say, fine, go for it. But despite the Mail‘s data—and my typical end-of-week fatigue—I plan to adhere to my mantra: Every day should be a game of dress-up.
—Katharine K. Zarrella
Photo:Moviestore Collection/Rex/REX USA, Melanie Griffith in Working Girl