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Written by: Stephanie Glennon
As summer finally winds down and we’re treated with the beautiful yellow-orange-reds of autumn, we’re left looking at our closets and wondering how the heck we acquired so many t-shirts, and where did all our long-sleeve clothes go?? Or maybe you’re just ready for a refresh with the new season - some folks understandably wait all year to break out their fall and winter fashions.
The other fantastic thing about the plaid-and-dark-jeans combination? It looks good on everyone. Literally everyone. We’ve never seen anyone it looks bad on...so imagine how fantastic it’ll look on you. There’s no barrier to entry - there’s a design and a cut for everyone, and you’ll be amazed how together you feel wearing this outfit, even if you and your cat are the only ones around to see you in it.
There’s something to be said for feeling “together”. With fall comes colder weather, darker skies, and in some cases, Seasonal Affective Disorder. And that’s without the global pandemic to worry about! Mental health has never been more important, and it’s critical to do things that make you feel good, because any little bit of positive energy can help you get through the darker periods. The National Alliance on Mental Illness celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week as the first full week in October, but that doesn’t mean that week is the only time to be aware of your health!
If you’re wondering about why we’re talking about mental health in a fashion blog, be assured, it’s not as much of a tangent as it seems. Wearing “better” clothes (or clothes that make you feel confident) is psychologically proven to positively impact a person’s self-worth and mental health. When we’re feeling down, we tend to dress down, because we don’t feel “up” to dressing better - which leads to us continuing to feel exactly the way we’ve been feeling.
However, like we’ve covered in previous blogs, your clothes and the image you present to the world can have a huge impact, not only on how others perceive and treat you, but on how you perceive and treat yourself. Even if you feel lousy on the inside, showing up looking cute can make others treat you better, which in turn can help you feel better about yourself. Feeling cute when you look in the mirror can boost that feeling further, until it’s a never-ending cycle of positive, helpful feedback, tricking your brain into feeling better than it actually does.
And sometimes, tricks are what we need to do to get by. It’s similar to the concept of ‘retail therapy’, where buying new things brings the rush of endorphins and serotonin that your brain craves because they bring the warm-and-fuzzies. Having something new creates an illusion that you are new, and you don’t need to worry about your old problems. And that’s okay! It’s okay to try and cheer yourself up; far be it from us to condemn retail therapy, right? It’s alright to splurge every now and again, especially when it’s something that will make you feel better, long term.
Being warm and comfortable doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, or go around looking like you just rolled out of bed. Here at Dapper Boi we take pride in the quality of our products, because it’s important to us that you can rely on us, and on our products. We want these flannel shirts to get so worn in and easy around your shoulders that you can hardly remember a time you didn’t grab it out of your closet on the first breezy day of autumn.
More than anything, though, we want to help you feel like yourself - exactly as strong, exactly as fabulous, and exactly as comfortable as you can possibly be.