Today is World Book Day and excited children everywhere are getting ready to go to school dressed up as their favourite book character. As the day was approaching and I, like many parents, asked my little boy who he wants to be dressed up as, it got me thinking about the power of our clothes.
Our children choose their hero or book character and as soon as they put the costume on, they're in character!
My little boy always chooses to be a superhero (thankfully comic books are allowed!) and will dress as whichever character he's in to at that time. His first costume was Spider-Man and as soon as he put it on including the mask, he was jumping off the sofa, off the steps and tried to 'climb the walls'. He flicked his wrist as if to create a web like Spider-Man no matter how many times his wrist was dry without a web to be found!
He was like this for hours until he took the costume off and was himself again.
As adults, we can do the same, but somewhere between childhood and where we are now, we don't. We think that we have to dress a certain way. Or we put on our clothes and we feel like we have no identity. But if we are like our children and know the power of our clothes, we can choose to be whoever we want to be simply by the choice of outfit.
When we go to a party we have fun and we dress up accordingly, laugh and socialise. When we go to a funeral, we typically dress in respectable dark clothing and our mood is sad and sombre. Even if there was something funny, we dare not laugh out loud.
If we workout or go to the gym, we get in to the mindset of exercising and training our body. You see some enter the gym and walk with a swagger flexing their arms a bit! Depending on the job interview, we dress in a presentable and more importantly, likeable way, to be taken seriously by the interviewer. If the interview went well, you come out of there feeling really confident and you know you’ve nailed the job and feel good that you dressed the part.
So why is it that we struggle to be who we want to be in our everyday life and how we show up? As well as dressing the part, we dress how we see ourselves. Your clothes influence how you see yourself. When we dress up and how we want to be seen, we feel confident. If we're not feeling so great, that can be reflected in how we show up too. Equally we can reverse this and look confident even if we don't feel it.
Our clothes are powerful and this power is often underestimated.
So the next time you see an outfit or another lady wearing something that you like, don’t say "I couldn’t wear that" or "I’m not the sort of person that can wear that".
Remember that the power of our clothes mean we can wear whatever we want to wear and be whoever we want to be. Let your clothes act as your costume and feel the difference!
Just think of the children and Teachers celebrating World Book Day. The Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Horrid Henry, they all decided who they want to be today and you can do the same.
Who are you dressed up as today?
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