Can We Guess How Successful You Are Based on Your Fashion Preferences?
By: Patrick Hyde
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About This Quiz
Judging how successful someone is by their fashion choices may seem surface level at first, but recent psychological studies show that when it comes to fashion preferences, there’s more than meets the eye. A recent Columbia study found that your clothing choices not only influence the way others view you and how you think about yourself, but they also impact your cognitive functions and the way you think. In short, your fashion choices might broadcast how well you are doing in your career and influence your future success.
So it’s time to take a look at your style. Are you already at the top of your game, with a perfectly organized closet full of bespoke outfits for every occasion? Are you currently struggling to turn things around, but following the credo of “dress for the job you want, not the one you have”? Or are you bumming around in your old college hoodie because what’s even the point? If it's the latter, maybe this quiz this will serve as a wake-up call to go search for some bargains and get some new threads. This quiz should help you take a moment to reflect on your fashion preferences and how things are going right now.
So can we tell how successful you are, based on your style? Time to find out.
What are you wearing to your next interview?
I give the interviews, so I need to look intimidating.
The same thing I've worn to every interview since graduation
Wait, I have an interview??? Do I have to go...
I'll hit the mall and pick out something new.
Band T-shirts, yay or nay?
I'd rock one if I ever went to a concert.
If the thrift shop has any bargains
Your boss invited you out to a casual lunch. What do you wear?
I'm my own boss, but I'd wear my latest Dolce & Gabbana number to flex on the employee I invited.
My job isn't too glamorous, but I'd still try to present my best self.
Haha, yeah, my boss... Need a job first.
Cocktail attire, like a nice button-down or short-sleeve lace dress
What would it take for you to dress up in formal wear?
The clock to strike 6 p.m. on any given day of the week
I haven't worn formal wear since prom, but I can't wait until I get another chance.
I wear my tuxedo T-shirt twice a week!
A formal event, like a wedding or gala
Snow day! What are you wearing?
My favorite ski 'fit when I hit the slopes and then something stylish for après-ski at the chalet
The super cozy fleece I got on clearance at Patagonia
The same sweatpants I wear around the house every day
My stylish new overcoat and a warm knitted sweater
Your artist friend invited you to a hip gallery party. What do you wear?
Vintage couture that is classic but impeccably stylish
Throw together an avant-garde outfit from thrift-store and Ebay pieces - inexpensive, but bound to turn heads
Artists are like, starving, right? I don't need to wear anything special.
A designer top and some edgy accessories
When you're getting down in the club, you'll be seen in what?
A flex piece, like my tailored Tom Ford suit or Alexander McQueen dress
Sneakers and a tight-fitting top. Sexy and comfortable is the move.
That old Forever 21 dress that's balled up under my bed
Something subtle but sexy - usually black
You HAVE to dye your hair. What do you choose?
My hairstylist can do no wrong. I'll leave it up to him.
I've always wanted to see what I look like with auburn hair...
Neon blue! Or green. I want shock and awe.
One shade lighter or darker than my natural hair color
Coachella!!! What's your main stage look?
I'm an Insta influencer, so I need to develop a new and original look.
I'll borrow the flowing dress with sky-high slits my friend wore to Ibiza.
I spent all and I mean ALL my money on the ticket, so whatever is in my closet.
My favorite Insta influencer is wearing a crochet mini-dress and visor this festival season, so probably something like that.
What's your favorite fashion event of the year?
Your one piece of jewelry to rule them all is...?
The ruby necklace I got for my tenth anniversary
Pearl earrings I inherited from my grandmother
Knockoff diamond earrings; they're HUGE.
What is the tackiest clothing item you can think of?
Let's get some shoes. What is next on your to-buy list?
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pump or custom Italian loafers
Nice flats or athletic shoes
Knockoff Louis Vs or Jordans
Quality boots, like Doc Martens or Frye
Time to decide what watch you are wearing today?
Something functional and stylish, like a Timex
The nice watch my partner gave me for my birthday
It suddenly starts pouring on your walk. How do you handle it?
With the bespoke umbrella I bought in Florence and my Burberry rain jacket
The cute umbrella I got on the cheap at Target
I simply endure the rain. I need to start checking the forecast.
Rain boots and an umbrella I bought at a Seattle boutique
Do you have any vintage items in your wardrobe?
Just my collection of 1960s French New Wave-inspired outfits
I found some killer '70s denim at the thrift store.
Do my high school soccer sweatpants count?
I love my vintage Ray Bans!
What's the most fashionable city in the world?
Time to get the heart rate up. What are you wearing to exercise?
Matching tennis apparel always stuns at the (tennis) club.
My favorite soccer club's jersey
An old T-shirt and some basketball shorts or leggings
Some nice activewear, like Lululemon or Ivy Park
What's your most daring clothing item?
An avant-garde piece from the latest season's release
Those old jeans with a big rip in the back
What's the least fashionable item in your wardrobe?
An ugly sweater my grandma knitted me
The elephant pants I got in Thailand
Sun's out, shades on. What do you reach for?
Gucci glasses block haters' shade.
Something trendy from Zara or H&M
The plastic ones that the apartment rental office handed out
A big party is coming up and you want to make a statement. How do you do it?
I have something custom-made.
A fly accessory, like sunglasses or watch
Skip it. Silence speaks volumes.
A bold patterned jacket or dress will turn heads.
How do you use fragrances to accentuate your outfit?
I have a large collection of boutique frags that can fit any occasion.
I only have one scent, but it's my favorite.
Body spray or perfumed lotion
I have a summer fragrance and a winter fragrance.
How would your friends describe your style?
Trendsetting haute couture
How balanced is your wardrobe?
I have an outfit for every occasion.
Quality over quantity. I have a few nice pieces that work most of the time.
I have casual covered. Mostly.
A nice blend of professional and casual clothes
What clothing do you feel most comfortable in?
My favorite shirt and slacks
Cocktail attire. I feel at home on a good night out.
Do you accessorize your phone case with your outfit?
I have several designer cases I match with my bag or watch.
I have a few cute cases from Etsy I like to swap out.
My phone has a cracked screen, so no.
No, I have one elegant phone case that works on all occasions.
What do you think of clothes with bold brand names on them?
Your money is better spent elsewhere.
I do this, but with knock-offs.
Depends on the brand - I have a few designers I like to rep.
How often do you update your wardrobe?
I try to get a new a wardrobe a few times a year, keeping my favorite pieces for next season.
I don't have a big shopping budget, but I try to hit the sales a few times a year.
Whenever something is so full of holes I can't wear it anymore
I try and get one or two nice pieces a season.
How often do you self-care with manicures and/or pedicures?
My nails are always fresh out of the salon.
My nails are always taken care of, but I don't go to a professional.
Biting my nails is about as much maintenance as I get up to.
I take great care and paint my nails at home.
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