Whether you decide to dress up or dress down, what you wear can impact your performance. Although it may seem irrelevant for anything outside of the usual job interview, dressing in what you are comfortable in, or what makes you feel good, can boost your confidence.
It can also possibly even help you with testing or presenting.
“I think that our confidence levels are definitely affected by what we wear,” said professor Kimberly Assad McAdams, Ph.D., of the psychology department. “Anything that you can do to make yourself feel more confident in your abilities or to help you feel better about yourself is going to benefit you in terms of your
This idea of being benefitted in your performance also goes along with
McAdams said if you prefer certain clothes on exam days or have a usual routine you do, you especially want to wear those clothes or continue that routine on test day.
“I prefer to wear something that is comfy on test days,” said sophomore communication major Meredith Carlsen. “I also like to get a coffee and then read over my notes as I’m walking to class.”
According to McAdams, wearing something you believe will make you more confident or more relaxed on test day is
important. The same goes for continuing the routine which you find yourself doing nearly every day.
Dressing in something which makes you confident can also be applied to the everyday life.
Harry Penate, a freshman english major in the ROTC program at Boise State, said he believes wearing the Army’s uniform helps him with his everyday performance.
“Wearing this uniform makes me feel proud and very confident,” Penate said. “It makes me want to work harder because I’m representing the Army.”
Another aspect of this is dressing up for presentations.
“We tend to view people who are dressed for the job or who are dressed better as being more assertive and as being more confident,” McAdams said. “I always tell my students before giving an oral presentation that, ‘you guys don’t have to dress up, but I strongly encourage you do so because then it seems like you know the material better.’”
So how do you decide what to wear?
McAdams said you want to wear something which you feel good in, and also you don’t want to feel like you’re wearing something which is “not reflective of your personality.”