The psychology of self-esteem and style is the focus of this show. Stylist Kitty Ault, photographer Gabriella Marks, and hair and make-up artist Jess Evans — the KA Style team — all share ideas about the importance of how we present ourselves to the world.

This is a lively show with a terrific team of women who work well together. And Melanie discovered academic research on the psychology of fashion and self-esteem, sharing it with listeners and asking for feedback from the KA Style team.

In doing research for this show, Melanie found the following from psychologist Carolyn Mair, Ph.D.:

” … it’s stressful for us if we don’t feel comfortable in what we’re wearing. If we’re really worrying that it’s appropriate or it’s suitable or we don’t feel confident in what we’re wearing, it stresses us and this means that we don’t have the cognitive capacity to deal with the problem at hand. This is why lots of very successful people tend to wear a work uniform … [people] who wear the same items every day to allow this freeing up of cognitive capacity for more important issues.” []

How we show up in the world can have a significant impact on our psychological/mental/emotional health. Because how we show up in the world can be both a reflection of how we’re feeling or how we want to feel, as well as signaling to others how we expect to be treated.

“Your fashion style can determine if you ace that interview and get that dream job. Once you are on the job, your wardrobe can determine if you get more responsibility and get promoted. Your clothing choices can make or break your career, your ability to make friends, and develop the romantic relationships that you seek.

“Just as dress radiates outward to your surroundings, it also moves inward. How you dress affects your mood. Your wardrobe choices have a psychological impact. Karen Pine demonstrates in her book Mind What You Wear that there is a science behind fashion and that psychology and fashion are indeed linked.

“The next time you choose what to wear, think about why you chose that outfit. Allow more understanding for others when considering why they dress the way they do. And most of all, use the opportunity to have fun and bring pleasure into your life. Self-care is an important aspect of mental health. Looking and feeling good is not just an advertising slogan, it is a viable aspect to your wellbeing.” []

Dressing “up,” meaning dressing for how you want to feel and how you want to be seen by others — with healthy self-confidence and strong self-esteem — is a simple technique to change your cognition and emotions.

Cool, no?

KA Style website here

Gabriella Marks photographer website here

Jess Evans, The Beauty Bar website here

Dr. Melanie Harth website here