Clothing protects your body. It helps keep you warm when it’s cold. Help keeps you cool when it’s hot, helps prevent injury and increases the ease in which you can do activities. Clothing is great.
Fashion however, fashion lets you express who you are. It’s a way to show the world your identity, your humor, your ideals and your ideas. The saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by a cover may be true, but with fashion you become the cover designer. And what you choose to wear and how you choose to wear it gives you the chance to tell the world all about you in one glance.
Talk To The Shirt
So, what does your t-shirt say about you? A plain tee shirt in a solid color may be taken as meaning you are uncomplicated. However, often people who wear solid colors are really so complicated they have just given up trying to express themselves through bold patterns, as by the time they’ve left the house they’re already feeling different.
Plain t-shirts can be used to compliment other aspects of your clothing. And require little thought to make them work with an outfit.
If you’re wanting to make a subtle statement but still keep things pretty easy then look to a few tee shirts that have sayings on them. Maybe click here for ideas.
Back in the 80s t-shirts with a large happy face became all the rage. And although emoji are popular, they can’t always say exactly what you want to express as easily. A short saying or quote can often sum up your emotions better than a series of emoji.
How Clothing Makes You Feel
Getting dressed in the morning can set the tone for the whole day. If you put on a shirt that says “In my defense, the moon was full and I was left unsupervised”. You will generally feel more positive and perhaps a little cheekier than if you are wearing a shirt that says “life sucks”.
Every time you catch a glimpse of your reflection you’ll read or remember what is on your shirt. An can’t help but smile (even if just inwardly). In fact, there are studies that look at how clothing makes you feel, like one published in “Translational Neuroscience”.
Although what is written on your shirt is important. If you are pretty sure that the people who made your tee have done so in underpaid, overworked, cramped ‘sweat shop’ conditions, you are less likely to feel as positive than you would if you have purchased an ethically manufactured tee.
Wearing something that says “In a world where you can be anything, be kind” is not lip service for most of the people who sport something similar. It is a goal to inspire ourselves as well as encourage others. Part of that is trying to source clothing where workers are treated fairly and ethically. Knowing that you are doing something, even something small that your privilege allows you do to, helps create a kinder world . And the upside helps create a kinder, stronger, you.
So, You Need A Boost?
Positive affirmations have been shown to increase self-esteem, increase a sense of joy, and decrease stress levels https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/5/500. Put your “I’m a warrior, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been” t-shirt on, stand in front of the mirror, and say it aloud!
Being ready to take on life’s challenges is often a case of attitude of ability (you only need to look at politics to see that). Imposter syndrome is a big issue for many completely skilled and capable people, and it can be hard to overcome. But if this is you, you need to know that you can do it.
If you can’t wear clothing that loudly declares your awesomeness. Then try a yoga bra or singlet under your very staid and professional suit. Something that will give you a secret smile and a quiet confidence boost.
Sharing The Love
The other advantage to wearing clothing with says is the boost you give to others. Yes, you will need to be able to ignore passersby glancing at your chest (unless you get a cool back panel instead), but it is great seeing someone read Shine Like The Universe Is Yours and then seeing them stand a little taller, smile a little bigger.
Your clothing doesn’t just change the way you feel, but it can make the world a better place.