Thursday, April 19, 2018

Day 3102 - The Lovin Life Linky - Everyday Style Edition

What are you wearing today?


Our clothes say a lot about who we are and what we're feeling on any particular day.  People can make assumptions about where we're at in life based on our outfit. A smart suit, set of heels and red lipstick might suggest we mean business, whereas trackies, a hoodie and Ugg boots might suggest we're in for a lazy day. 




As someone who "works from home" I can easily get into the habit of not giving a shit about what I wear.  Especially when I'm experiencing a bout of care-factor-zero.

We all know that the care factor and the willingness to get stuff done can actually be affected by the effort we put in (or don't put in) to our appearance each day.  Getting dressed to impress can actually impress and motivate ourselves.

According to Forbes.com, a study at Northwestern University Illinois examined a concept called "enclothed cognition" which involves the "systematic influence that clothes have on the wearer's psychological processes" which Forbes describes as being "what your clothes are saying to you, not about you and how they make you feel".

For a few months I was getting incredibly lazy with my dressing habits. I was wearing the same clothes for a week and would only make an effort if I was going to an actual meeting or event where I needed to look decent.  This then reflected on my daily output.  I was focusing on the same daily to-do list for the entire week. I just kept circling it and rehashing it in the same way I was circling and rehashing my appearance.

Recently you may have noticed that I've been back on Instagram doing the whole #everydaystyle #realmumstyle #ootd thing.  I've done this to push myself out of the care-factor-zero zone and back into the let's-do-this category.



As you can see, I'm not exactly dressed for business in most of these photos.  But I'm dressed, and I'm happy to show you what I'm dressed in, which is a great start.

While sharing our wardrobe and posing for social media may seem very self absorbed, I'd categorise it as self motivating.  I can safely say that getting up and putting effort into our outfit, whether we share it with the world or not, can change how we approach our day.

Our wardrobe and what is says about us has launched a whole new psychology.  Clinical psychologist Dr Jennifer Baumgartner wrote a book about it which she refers to as the "psychology of dress".  You can check out "You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You" here.

Anyway, that was a long way of saying GET DRESSED!  Even if you have nowhere to go or nobody to see, do it for yourself.

What are you wearing today?

What do your clothes reveal about you?

What are you lovin' about life this week?

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Without further ado, it's Lovin' Life Linky time.

The Lovin' Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, DebbishSeize the Day ProjectWrite of the MiddleAnd Anyways50 Shades of Age and Lifestyle Fifty  







20 comments :

  1. Lovely outfits, Leanne! I'm wearing jeans, a striped T and trainers. Off to Wollongong today!

    SSG xxx

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  2. I think there's a lot of truth in this. My husband works in both suits and tshirt & jeans, but you can tell on the day he wears suits that he 'means business'. I also think that's the way school uniforms work....

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  3. My clothes reveal that they're getting old and worn out and that shopping is needed but also that I won't go because I hate shopping haha.

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  4. Well done, Leanne! Take advantage of the nice weather where you live, too.

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  5. You look great in all these photos! You've made me realise that I'm in the 'care factor zero' state of mind at the moment. Same clothes for days. Daggy and comfy clothes too. No makeup. Hair shoved up lazily. I guess I've been sick which doesn't help but I think I'd feel much better if I put in more of an effort! #TeamLovinLife

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    1. The day you do it no matter how you feel, you will be amazed at the psychological difference it makes. It has helped me greatly. D xx

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  6. It's interesting! I do find my clothes influence how productive I am and different clothes encourage me to be productive in different areas of my life.

    I do consider what I'm going to wear in the morning as to what I need to do that day.

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  7. Yay for you getting back into #ootd. As you know it is something I "dared" myself to try last year as I know I was 'stuck' in post cancer recovery mode and had no real reason to 'get dressed'. I wrote a blog post after a while about why I decided to do this and I called it "Appearance Matters". I know my psychological health benefits from me doing this but I also know some days I don't want to 'get dressed' but make myself. I am always better for it. I am doing a blog post at the end of the month celebrating 6 months of doing this almost every single day! Have a good one. We are having one of our kids bringing up 3 of hers (1 lives in the snowy mountains now) for a family lunch, and tomorrow the other kid is bringing up his 4. Busy ...only happens in school hols of course! D x

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  8. Of course I believe this 100 fold, Leanne!! I can't tell you how much confidence that my mom and Nancy have gotten just from helping me on my blog!! The compliments and the feeling that you look nice, may be pooh poohed by some, but it's truth!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  9. You always look so wonderful. Very chilled look but just what I need around the house for work.

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  10. You look lovely in every single pic - I don't look that good even when I'm dressed for work! I think some people are just cool - and you're one of them! I'm working on it :)

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  11. That's a great idea! I tend to wear the same thing around the house too. Maybe I should start making more of an effort!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  12. Hi Leanne I'm wearing a red t-shirt and black yoga pants today. I have a heavy cold so am feeling a bit low! I agree it is easy to get into the habit of not caring what we wear around the house - especially once you have retired from the corporate world! I think the Instagram pics are a great idea because they encourage you to take a little more pride in how you look. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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  13. I fall into the category of wearing shorts or yoga tights that I walked or exercised in for the remainder of the day. In fact it's 4.30pm and I'm still wearing them! Somedays I do make an effort, but only if I have to go out shopping or for appointments, meetings, etc. I know I should make more of an effort but I think who's going to see me anyway? I like the idea of #everydaystyle and #ootd and have attempted posting outfits daily. But the pressure was too much for me! You're right though - it does make you feel better about yourself when you're dressed nicely.

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  14. I totally believe in the importance of 'getting up and getting dressed', it makes a huge difference to how I feel about myself and to my motivation. Having spent a week or so unpacking in our new home there has been very little #everydaystyle for me but we went out to a meeting this morning and it felt so good to be a bit frocked up. I am looking forward to getting back to it next week (PS just followed you on Instagram) x

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  15. I have worked from home for 10 years and it's so easy to fall into bad habits. I learnt quickly though that making an effort (a.k.a. getting out of my pjs) made a huge difference to how I felt about the day. Now, while it's jeans and t-shirts most days there is also make-up on and hair brushed.

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  16. That is one of the things I love about getting up and going to work, as long as a uniform is clean, I am good to go. None of the struggles with what to wear.

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  17. I love your style...casual with a bit of attitude! I want to be comfortable with what I wear but also give it my own style finishes to make me feel good inside and out.

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  18. The one thing I hate about packing to go away on holidays is trying to decide what to pack as I can't plan weeks in advance what I might feel like wearing! Have a great week and thank you for the link up.

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  19. Yup I am guilty of this especially as the last couple of months have been frantic!

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