Image via The Devil Wears Prada.
Washed your hair, ironed your smartest dress and even polished your heels (well done you) to prepare for that important meeting?
You might want to hang your A-line dress back in your wardrobe. A study has found that if you really want to dress to impress, you might want to consider dressing down rather than up.
Yes, despite all the time we’ve spent believing that a crisp white shirt, black pants and heels are the way to nab the corner office, new research suggests that yoga pants and sneakers could actually be the winning ticket.
The study conducted by Harvard Business School found that in certain situations dressing like you don’t really care can work to your advantage. (Post continues after gallery.)
*Runs to grab old hole-y hoodie*
The team behind the study explained that dressing down made others believe that you’re powerful.
“Wealthy individuals signal their position by giving up financial resources to purchase expensive luxury items. Similarly, by giving up the social benefits conferred by conformity, individuals show that they do not need these benefits because they already possess high status.”
When Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg addressed well-to-do bankers before his company went public, he dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, and it got people talking. But he was onto something. By dressing differently – normally even – he gave himself an aura of power.
He gave off the idea that he was above society's sartorial rules and it was exactly that that demanded respect and lent him credibility.
While it's certainly good news for those of us who spend most of our leisure time in workout clothes (regardless of whether we actually plan to do any exercise or not) it's not a deal sealer for all situations unfortunately.