Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently: Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Confidence
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Anyone who has worn any suit can tell you this. Especially if you live somewhere where it isn't common.
I think it has to do with the confidence aspect. You tend to carry yourself a bit higher when you look sharp. Plus it probably has to do with the idea of power and wealth too, people tend to assume you're more important if you're dressed the part. Wearing a modest suit around, taking pride in how I presented myself caused a huge change in how others treated me. Suddenly store clerks were nicer, strangers were friendlier, and women would approach me to talk more often. It was a lot different than my usual jeans and a tee-shirt.
Results will vary. I live in a pretty high end suburban area with very low crime.
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