A Girl and her Clothes...
Every day I have the same fight with my two year old daughter. She wants to wear her favorite dress everyday and I have to explain that it is dirty and try to talk her into wearing something else. What usually happens is I have to get out her 'dirty' dress, show her where it is dirty and then she is somewhat willing to wear something else. However, I am always limited to skirts and dresses. On the other hand, her twin brother loves to pick out his own clothes as well and unfortunately he is not as fashion savvy as his sister. Yesterday he wore basketball shorts with a thermal long sleeve shirt. Not very fashionable, but he was happy.
|Ladies Fashion in the 60's|
I decided to see if this is true across the age spectrum. What is the correlation between women being happy and clothes? I had to find out.
First, I found an article from Time.com where it stated, "A new series of studies shows that attractive people earn more money and marry better-looking spouses, and that the economic benefits of being good looking make them happier than their homely counterparts." Well, this was a start. This study basically was finding that beauty equaled success which equaled money and happiness. Interesting, but what about us average ladies who have to work to look beautiful? The article went on to say that plastic surgery, designer clothes and make-up didn't prove to make people happier. But rather it stated, 'it’s the people who obsess about their personal wealth and/or attractiveness that are less happy.'
As women, we want to look our best as it makes us feel our best. I found another article on ScienceDaily.com which did a study about what clothes women wear when they are happy versus depressed. The entire article is quite interesting, however, I was only concerned with if certain clothes make women happier. This is what one professor from the University of Hertfordshire found, "Many of the women in this study felt they could alter their mood by changing what they wore. This demonstrates the psychological power of clothing and how the right choices could influence a person's happiness." She went on to say, "The study found that 'happy' clothes -- ones that made women feel good -- were well-cut, figure enhancing, and made from bright and beautiful fabrics."
|Chloe in her favorite dress|