Are You An Emotional Dresser?

emotional dressingI’m procrastinating on writing the second part to the 2-part post “Two weight loss strategies that guarantee failure”, so I figured I’m going to write something light-hearted in the meantime. 🙂

I want to discuss some interesting stuff I found on the Internet  the other day.

Science Daily reviewed some recent research on a phenomenon I dubbed “emotional dressing”. Psychologist Karen Pine investigated the relationship between women’s emotional state and what clothing they choose to put on in the morning. The main result was that the majority of women ( 2/3) ) wear jeans (and a baggy top) when they are depressed, and only 2% said they would wear a baggy top when happy. Your mood state also affects what accessories you use.

The researchers also suggested that you should intentionally trywearing something other than jeans when you’re feeling low.

After mulling over the research for awhile, an alarming thought popped into my mind: “I almost always wear jeans and often a baggy top too! Should I draw the conclusion I’m chronically depressed? “ I do admit I tend to wear baggy clothes, feel frumpy and am honestly pretty fed up with my life. Just today I was sitting in a train thinking I should wear more colourful clothes because they feel more like “me” than the baggy blue/brown/khaki green stuff I usually put on. Eek, where did I hide all my skirts?

Could you change your life by changing what you wear? I don’t know the answer, but people often change their looks and their wardrobe when they make important changes to their life.

My questions to you: How often do you consciously try to cheer yourself up by choosing fancy clothes? How often do you choose looks over comfort?


  1. I’m definitely an emotional dresser Satu… I wrote in my blog the other day about dressing in loose comfortable clothing so I feel less self-conscious (and less fat). BUT, often they aren’t complimentary and make me look bigger than I actually am!

    I also wear a lot of black. I think that says something about my constant moods!


    • Satu says:

      Wearing loose clothing is a weird thing. Some people are able to wear tight clothes regardless of extra rolls etc. I think the problem is being self-conscious like you say.

  2. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! I am a notoriously boring dresser. I avoid stripes and loud prints. I try to match my blue-green-gray eyes with blue, green, gray, or purple. Red goes good on me. Mostly, all of my clothes look like the next outfit, unless I really try hard to find something “different,” <<which is always something the daughters thinks is hideous. The last blouse I purchased that one of them hated, I saw myself in a picture in it, and it indeed was hideous.

    I hate dressing in a suit–a lot. I haven't worn panty hose since…..

    I also try to wear something that does not drown my mild features out. I think I'd hate one of those makeover shows. Btw, I nearly always think that new hairdos are not are good, and I feel I could do makeup better than their professionals.

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion! I think you’re just being internally bossy about those makeover shows. For some reason I love them, especially the one with Trinny and Susannah. 🙂

  3. Lori says:

    Haha – I wear jeans when I want to look sexy! Mine are fitted, so I don’t schlep around in them.

    If I want to wallow, I will wear sweats. Or jammies!

    • Satu says:

      I think fitted jeans are a borderline case! 🙂

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