Get Real With The English Sisters - Mind Health Anxiety

Dressing with Intention: How Your Wardrobe Can Empower Your Identity and Mood

March 13, 2024 The English Sisters - Violeta & Jutka Zuggo Episode 109
Get Real With The English Sisters - Mind Health Anxiety
Dressing with Intention: How Your Wardrobe Can Empower Your Identity and Mood
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Ever find yourself standing in front of your closet unsure of what to wear, only to later regret your choice? We've all been there. But what if your wardrobe could be a powerful tool for self-expression and confidence? Join us, The English Sisters, as we unwrap the complex ties between the clothes we wear and the identities we embody. We divulge how our coordinated style is more than a fashion statement—it's a psychological strategy that benefits our therapy clients. And we'll let you in on a secret: how dressing with intention can transform your posture, mood, and interactions with others, even on your roughest days.

Now imagine slipping into your favorite outfit and feeling the immediate shift in your spirits. Sounds magical, right? In this discussion, we reveal the undeniable impact of dressing to impress—yourself! We share stories of how a simple addition, like a stylish jacket, can elevate not just your look but also your sense of self-worth. So, why not conduct a little experiment? Choose an outfit that you adore and observe the difference it makes. We sign off with our trademark love and smiles, encouraging you to harness the power of fashion as a tool for personal empowerment. Join us for a heart-to-heart that might just change the way you view your closet forever.

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Speaker 1:

dressing to impress Right, or dressing for the right occasion? I would say yeah, and the psychology of clothes in general. That's what we're gonna be talking about In this week's episode of Get Real With the English Sisters, right? So, yeah, so we know that clothes do reveal a lot about a person. Well, it's body language, isn't it? I mean, if you're watching us on YouTube today, you can see that we're wearing matching outfits.

Speaker 1:

Yes, we are, and we decided to do that a long time ago, didn't we? You may have heard already, but you know, yeah, it kind of developed over time. I mean, we've always liked to dress the same, because when we were little, we would we're real sisters, we're not twins but we did like dressing the same. So we've had this thing, but we never used to be like. You know, as we grew apart and grew older, no, no, we dressed differently, didn't we? We had more or less, we had our individual styles, even though we always used to like for each other's wall. Yes, we did. But then, when the brand grew, when we decided to create the English sisters and then it became more of a brand, we thought, well, let's sort of like, give us a bit more of an identity. Yeah, a bit more of an image here and we're just dressed the same. And then also, when we did therapy with our clients, it was helpful. I think it was helpful for them to know that we were Even though there's two of us, we were acting as one In their interest. In their interest, yeah, absolutely. So that also became helpful. And there you go. I mean this is all the psychology of clothes, yes, and not just clothes accessories, as we've talked about in past episodes Clothes and everything else that we decide to put on our bodies, and you're expressing something about yourself. Like a nose ring or an earring, a ring, a tattoo, tattoos, everything does express something about yourself and about your personality.

Speaker 1:

I think, yeah, and sometimes I think we forget the importance of it. I think we forget how important it is to dress, to feel good, and we might neglect ourselves at certain times in our lives. We kind of forget about it, I think. I think we do yeah With, especially when you get busy and you may have kids or you've got a really busy lifestyle and you're doing, oh, maybe you feel a bit down. When you feel a bit down, you tend to neglect yourself too, yeah, and I think that's the moment when you really have to give yourself that little extra push, isn't it? Yeah, and a rise, because you are not feeling like that great, because of whatever it is. I think that's when you really looking good and dressing to impress yourself is important. Well, I think that's when you're feeling vulnerable.

Speaker 1:

They always say that women dress to impress men. They used to say that. They used to say that, yeah, it's the opposite. You dress to impress yourself and to make yourself. There's a lot of controversy about this, because they say that women don't actually do that. They always do it to impress somebody else, or the women mainly yes, mainly it's all the women, but it's probably a healthy balance between all of that. I think it probably is true. You do dress to impress all the women and all the men and whoever it is, but you also do.

Speaker 1:

There is a very big part of it that's important for you, because you will change. If you're dressed in a certain way and it makes you feel good, your body posture will change. Yeah, your body posture will change. Your whole body posture will change. Your how you speak will change. Your head will be a little bit higher. You'll appear more confident. You'll probably want to be in that meeting for longer Exactly You'll be or on that date for longer, yes, yes. Then, if you feel as if you've like underdressed, or you feel as if you didn't dress, you know you didn't make that effort Exactly, yeah.

Speaker 1:

And a lot of the time we think, no, I can't be bothered to make that extra effort. I just can't be bothered. Why should I? Yeah, why should I, yeah, why should I? No one else bothers, like you might be with a group of people that no one else cares, or maybe where you work, they're really casual and no one's bothered. Yeah, they're a bit like a messier or whatever. Yeah, but why should I bother? That's a question. Well, there are many reasons why you should actually bother. Yes, because, as we do and we've come to learn and understand that the way you look is going to have a big influence on your day and the results of that day. It's going to make you either want to go home and crawl into bed or go out and have a party with your friends.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, what was that thing they say to ladies when they have the blow, the blow-out, the blow-out. Yeah, the hair. When you go to the hairdresser and you have a lovely hairstyle and you've paid. You can only put it on when it's cool. Yeah, well, in English A blow dryer is cool. Yeah, I couldn't remember it. Yet A blow dry, that's it. I think in America it's a blow out. Well, whatever, I didn't want to go down that road too much because I didn't want to make a mistake saying it, but in Italian it's called a piega, which means to actually fold, to piegare, to fold. So it's like your hair is nice and it's been styled by a professional. You've paid for that.

Speaker 1:

You don't really just want to go home and hide and watch TV all night. You're more inclined to want to do more when you're looking good. So, in general, if you're looking good, it's gonna make you Well. It affects our psychology a lot more than we think it does. That's what I mean. Yes, it's not just about being vain and looking pretty and wearing makeup, or if you're a man or whoever you are, whatever you want to be. It's not just about that. There's a lot. Well, it's part of your identify. Whatever you want to identify with or whoever you want to identify with Exactly, your clothing is gonna be confident, in that it's gonna make you feel more confident or less confident.

Speaker 1:

Exactly. I know for sure, if I go out in a tracksuit, no makeup on my hair's, looking scruffy, I don't feel half as confident. So no, I wouldn't want anyone to see me. For a start, if I bumped into Some people say that would be low self-esteem, wouldn't they? They would, but for me maybe that is low self-esteem, but it's also part of how it makes me feel that I can't help it. I just don't feel as Well. I'm the same. Yeah, we're both the same. I just don't feel as if I'm gonna be. I don't feel as if I'm gonna represent like who I want to represent. Yeah, I don't know if it's more like a mask that I put on for the world, but yes, but even if it is a mask, if it makes you feel good, so what? We all wear masks anyway.

Speaker 1:

If it's gonna make you feel better and want to go out and do whatever you want, you know, with your life, I believe, I believe, yes, that certain clothes give you the freedom, give me the freedom to do what I want. And the same way, if it's a nice doesn't matter casual outfit, that'll give me the same kind of freedom. Oh, yes, yeah, it's the same as the shoes, isn't it? If you wear high heels, you can't go on it. You can't go around jogging, can you? No? But if you wore trainers, maybe to a really posh wedding or something, you might feel out of place, unless it was that kind of wedding, yes. So, yes, obviously, the clothes we wear are gonna it's gonna influence how we feel.

Speaker 1:

If we feel overdressed or undressed or if we haven't made the effort and everyone else has. Yeah, and so many times we don't bother making that effort and then feel bad when, yeah, that's a worst thing. That's a worst thing If you're at home and you say I don't feel like making the effort, I'm not gonna make the effort and I'm still gonna feel good and I still wanna go out and I feel confident. Yeah, yeah, that's fine, you feel great. And then you're fine, but not like, as we've had many a time. So many times, yeah, people say to us oh, I don't feel, you know, no, I think I should go home and change, or you know, they don't feel absolutely 100%. So just make sure you make that effort and dress to impress yourself and then you'll feel better throughout the day. You'll definitely feel much more confident. You will. You'll be surprised.

Speaker 1:

It's so amazing, it's quick, it doesn't matter what it is, you know, if it's a T-shirt and jeans, and for men or women as well, just putting a jacket on can already make you instantly confident, absolutely. I think that's why it was invented. One of the reasons Well, wearing a jacket, yeah, you can wear a jacket with a casual pair of trousers, no matter what it is, but instantly feel more and you feel more with it. Let us know what you think. Are you ready to dress to impress yourself, because it'll have wonderful repercussions on the rest of your day? Yeah, you may feel, you may be surprised. You think, wow, that really did. Just try the experiment, put something on you really like that day and see how you feel. I'm sure it'll make you feel better. It will definitely Lots of love and smiles from the English sisters. Bye, bye.

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