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Things That Happen To You When You Start Dressing Well

I'm walking out of a subway station the other day when this young lady (obviously a tourist) comes up to me and asks for directions.

I help her out, then I think:

“This happens to me a lot…”.

Is it because of the area (downtown, near the subway)? Or is it me?

The thing is, I was never the guy getting stopped for directions. No one ever used to ask me for help.

So why now? Do I look older? No. I look the same as I did in college, so that's not it.

Then it hit me. It's because I started dressing well. You see, when you dress well, you exude confidence. People, even strangers, pick up on this. In return, they give you respect, and trust goes hand in hand with respect.

When you dress well, you look like you have your act together. Imagine you're in a foreign city and totally lost. Who would you rather get directions from: a sharp dressed man or a sloppy guy in ill-fitting clothes?

Regardless of which person gives the best directions, the well dressed man clearly looks like he knows what's going on. After all, if you can't even get your clothes right, how can you be trusted with bigger things, like navigating a city?

I know this is kind of a random example, but there are lots of things that happen to you when you start dressing well. I reached out to some of my favorite stylish gents to see what happened to them when they decided to step up their style.

The response was overwhelming. So, in no particular order, here are few things that happen to you when you start dressing well:

1. Women check you out

2. Men check you out

3. Cars stop to let you cross the street

4. Your boss let's you slide on that deadline

5. You get the job (even though it wasn't your best interview)

6. People inherently trust you

7. Some people dislike you

8. People laugh at your jokes (even when they're not very funny)

9. Your friends start copying your style

10. You notice style mistakes everywhere

11. You acquire more accessories (bags, ties, pocket squares)

12. People expect you to be well spoken

If you never thought dressing well could impact your life in so many different ways, it can. It's not easy, but it's definitely worth your while.

Have any of these happened to you?

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