For the first few years of my adult, professional life, I didn’t pay much attention to what I was wearing. I bought an ill-fitting suit off the rack, threw on any random shirt and tie combo, and went to work not realizing just how out of place I looked. I didn’t think fashion was something I needed to care about, and I assumed that most people felt that way. However, as I continually had to dish out more money to replace unraveling suits and flimsy dress shoes, I started to do my research on what clothes I should be buying. I began to pay more attention to other people and notice that there truly was a major disparity between my look and theirs. Something flipped in me, and fashion became far more important than it ever had before. I’m glad that this happened, because otherwise I might still be lugging around my baggy suit and wearing a low-quality, non-matching tie.
It’s not that you have to stick to any particular type of style or fashion to fit in – it’s that you should find your own style and be comfortable with it. Once I started customizing outfits and finding looks and fits that I really liked, I gained a ton of confidence both in my decision-making skills and my personal image. This confidence transferred to my personal and professional lives. I don’t know if the suits and clothes themselves actually got me promotions, but I do know that my confidence helped me to work towards them.
When you start to pay attention to these things, you don’t only look better, but you also feel better. A nice fitting suit is a completely different world than something off the rack, and there’s really no way to explain it until you get one for yourself. Walking, sitting, and moving are far more comfortable and effortless. You won’t be sweating through thick material and feeling generally uncomfortable when you have the right suit, and this will make your day just that much better.
This holds true even through my casual days. I don’t have to wear a suit every day, but that doesn’t mean I just throw on old clothes and shoes. I’ve put a lot more thought into even the t-shirts that I wear, and that provides me with maximum comfort and durability. People have complimented me on my looks ever since I started showing passion for my style, and to be honest, that feels good and inspires even more confidence. Whether I’m sporting a hoodie and jeans for an Autumn hike or a full-on tux for a black-tie event, I look and feel better no matter what it is that I’m doing.