According to a recent study by researchers from Penn State, Notre Dame and the University of Kentucky, workers who wear brand name clothes to work were found to have more confidence and performed better. Previous research found a similar correlation between attitude and clothing. For example, dressing up for work in a suit or blazer could do wonders for an employee's productivity, whether making a sales call or participating in a videoconference with other associates. The studies offer indications that wearing nicer clothes may raise one's confidence level, affect how others perceive the wearer, and in some cases even boost the level of one's abstract thinking.
In an office with a relaxed dress code, that's where wearing formal clothing can have a bigger effect. The kinds of clothes that qualify as formal, of course, can depend on the industry. It's important to take a look around your office and to observe other associates when considering your attire. You do not want to overdress to the extent that others in the office feel uncomfortable. For more tips and details from a recent Wall Street Journal article, click here!