The Psychological Effect of Fashion
The society we find ourselves in today is certainly not the most uplifting. There’s anger, war, protest, and despair; especially among college students. In the United States alone, depression is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15-34. College students face many different challenges, pressures, and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed. However, there are many remedies that can help the uneasiness of living alone or suffering with depression in general.
The one remedy that always goes overlooked is dressing better. Many people view clothes as pieces of cloth that we drape over the body for modesty’s sake. This is not true at all; take it from me, if you dress good, you will feel good. One could wake up in the morning feeling like nothing has a purpose, but if they put on a nice dress with heels or fresh jeans with a Polo shirt, there is almost an instantaneous mind change. They will walk with more confidence, smile more, and just all around feel better about themselves.
It doesn’t even have to be heels or a fancy dress, it could be a nice pair of jeans and your favorite band T-shirt; anything that makes you happy is perfect. By doing so, you’ll be expressing who you are as a person without even realizing it. This is also a good technique for meeting new people and making new friends; because, being alone is never good. For example, someone may come along and love the band on your shirt, one thing leads to another and you have another friend; another person to make you laugh and forget about your troubles.
Fashion is one of the most effective ways to help yourself feel better. Whether it’s as small as nerves before finals or something much larger and more life-threatening like depression, dressing well makes you feel well.