Dress Well, Test Well

OrhanYilmaz.MajorDeclarationDress well, test well – ah, the well-known phrase that prompts eye rolls and scoffs from yoga pant lovers who doubt the mantra’s magical test-acing powers.

Non-believers, behold: statistical evidence actually proves this concept is the real deal. A 2012 study done by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University showed that study participants sporting a white lab coat responded more accurately to tests than those who were not. Researchers said that their findings represent that it isn’t the experience of wearing the clothes that helps one to do well, but the meaning that they hold.

What do these findings mean to us? It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.  If you feel confident in a kick-ass blazer and jeans, then that confidence will shine through in your test-taking abilities.

“Taking the extra ten minutes to add a statement necklace or throw on a dressy blouse really doesn’t take that much effort,” said Meredith Jayme, a member of the State Style club and past blogger for Nordstrom BP. “It makes me feel so much better knowing that I look presentable and somewhat professional for class.”

Jayme suggests laying out your outfit the night before a big exam in order to eliminate time in the morning searching through the closet. Aim for comfortable, yet presentable.

Although you might look great, avoid uncomfortable clothing – it makes for the worst distractions. Pants that are too tight around the waist are not only awkward, but painful. Itchy tags and shirts that are too tight around the bust can be irritating, too.

Need further proof of this trend-setting theory? Try it for yourself! The evidence is in the G.P.A. You can thank us later.

Photo by Orhan Yilmaz

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