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Here’s how you can Appear More Competent Through your Clothing

Secret to appear more competent hidden in your clothing

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A richer clothing can help you look more competent. Lifetime Stock

People tend to instantly judge others as more competent if they come dressed in “richer” clothing, says a study that warned that such economic cues are hard to ignore.

In nine studies conducted by researchers, people rated the competence of faces wearing different upper-body clothing.

Clothing perceived as “richer” by an observer — whether it was a T-shirt, sweater, or other top — led to higher competence ratings of the person pictured than similar clothes judged as “poorer,” the researchers found.

Given that competence is often associated with social status, the findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, suggest that low-income individuals may face hurdles in relation to how others perceive their abilities — simply from looking at their clothing.

“Poverty is a place rife with challenges. Instead of respect for the struggle, people living in poverty face a persistent disregard and disrespect by the rest of society,” said study co-author Eldar Shafir, Professor at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University in the US.

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Competence is often associated with social status and it is reflected through clothing. Lifetime Stock

“We found that such disrespect — clearly unfounded, since in these studies the identical face was seen as less competent when it appeared with poorer clothing — can have its beginnings in the first tenth of a second of an encounter,” Shafir said.

The researchers began with images of 50 faces, each wearing clothes rated as “richer” or “poorer” by an independent group of judges.

Based on those ratings, the researchers selected 18 black and 18 white face-clothing pairs displaying the most prominent rich-poor differences. These were then used across the nine studies.

Participants were then presented with half of the faces wearing “richer” upper-body clothing, and the other half with “poorer” clothing.

The researchers found that across the studies faces were judged as significantly more competent when the clothing was perceived as “richer.”

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This judgment was made almost instantaneously and also when more time was provided.

When warned that clothing had nothing to do with competence, or explicitly asked to ignore what the person in the photo was wearing, the biased competency judgments persisted. (IANS)

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Ways to Style Jewellery for Men

How to style men's jewellery for different looks.

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Here are ways to pair and style up men's jewellery for different occasions. Pixabay

Jewellery can be a mans best friend too, especially on his wedding day.

Rohan Sharma, RK Jewellers South Extension, New Delhi suggests how to style men’s jewels for different looks.

Wedding look:

Many couples set dress codes for a wedding day, and there can be three broad wedding styles for men: Indian, Indo-Western and Western. If you are going with Indian or Indo-western outfits, accessories can upgrade your style statement.

Pick a polki or colored stone necklace and ‘kalgi’ on turban with kurta-pajama and sherwani. Rings are a big part of men’s jewellery, you can match rings to your other pieces of jewelleries.

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You can pair up a necklace/ chain with other jewellery. Pixabay

Wearing Indo-western sideline kurta with color contrasted nehru jacket and matching turban? Accessorize it with a bracelet and brooches for a complete look.

Suiting up is the safest option for a wedding. Complete the look by wearing a stylish tuxedo with a pocket square, patent black shoes and fancy cufflinks.

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Everyday look:

When wearing a white t-shirt with regular fit denim jeans, with heavy sole white shoes, pair it up with a simple pendant chain and a bracelet. (IANS)