Dress Code: What You Wear Matters
What you wear matters: increase mental acuity and form a lasting first impression
Thoughts on Montana
Politicians in Montana buckled under critical editorials and social media attention and adapted a softer dress code. The first draft was a full, one-page detailed dress code that condemned jeans, sweatshirts, open-toed sandals, and flip-flops for all members. However, the new one-liner is much less specific and has now been reduced to this:
“We ask that members of the House and other professionals working on the floor dress in professional business attire that is befitting the honor of the institution of the Montana House of Representatives.”
Just a quick thought for today: why is it that when someone is looking for a job, detailed help on “what not to wear” is welcomed, but when you have a job a dress code is suddenly rejected?
Like it or not, people access us and form a lasting impression within the first 7-seconds of observing our outward appearance and body language. Do you want that impression to be positive on a daily basis?
Studies have also shown that what we wear has an effect on our job performance. In the study, participants were given identical white coats to wear. Those who were told it was a doctor’s jacket showed a marked increase in their mental acuity, carefulness, and end outcomes. Those who were told it was a painter’s jacket did not. If we feel empowered by what we’re wearing, our mental state and physical actions change accordingly–increasing or decreasing our execution and final outcome.
What we wear impacts not only whether or not someone is hired but what salary they are offered, impacts our mental state, and dictates the instant impression people form about us. Doesn’t it make sense to dress with that in mind?