Simply stated, it matters what you wear. Whether male, female, adult or child, everyone faces the “nothing to wear” dilemma more than once or twice in a lifetime. In most cases, the problem isn’t that you really don’t have something to wear. The real problem is that you don’t have something to wear at that moment to support your energy needs for that day or occasion.
Clothing provides you energy
The concept that clothing provides you more than privacy might not be the way you approach your closet every morning. But in the world of Feng Shui, clothing is another piece of your personal environment that surrounds and impacts you on a daily basis. It is the “do” part of the Feng Shui life philosophy, as in “everything you think, say and do matters because that is how you create your future.” The things you surround yourself with — whether home furnishings, office equipment, automobiles or clothing — all provide you either positive supportive energy or get in your way by providing you negative draining energy.
Think about how you feel and look when you dress to go out for the evening on a first date, to a meet-up, a holiday party or to a special restaurant. Consider how you dress, look and feel when you go on a job interview or meet a very important client. In each case you take great care in determining what to wear and how it will impact those in your presence. But do you ever consider how your clothes impact you and your personal energy on a day-to-day basis? The colors, textures, pattern and even design of your clothing can make you feel confident and in control or weak and unimportant.
For example, if you go to an important event wearing khakis and muted earth tone colors, you are likely to feel low energy and possibly go unnoticed. Those colors provide very neutral energy and allow you fade into the background. Something similar happens when you wear soft pastels – you lose energy and are taken for granted. If the pastel is really low energy such as soft pink, you will fade into the background but you will also lose any feeling of being in charge. On the other hand, a bright hot pink shirt, blouse or necktie will boost your energy and your confidence.
Carefully selected clothing improves productivity
The following Feng Shui color and shape basics provide simple guidelines on how to energize yourself with the right clothes for the day or the event you are attending:
Accomplishment – wear neutral colors on busy days if you want to get a lot with minimum interruptions
Productivity – wear bright colors on days you are on the go, need to be very prolific, and have energy to spare all day
In-control – wear fitted clothing in darker colors on those days when you need to be in total self-control mode, these will help you stay on track
Relaxation – wear loose fitting light colored clothing on days when you want to unwind and regenerate
Energizing – wear black when you want to absorb the energy of the moment, black is the combination of all colors so it is powerful
Attention – wear red when you want to be noticed and take command of a situation or event
It doesn’t matter whether your plans for the day are in the corporate board room, chauffeuring the children or sitting on the deck reading a book. Dressing appropriately for the energy needed for the day will make your day more productive and enjoyable. The clothes you wear, their shape and colors will make a huge difference in what and how you accomplish the tasks ahead.
Dress to change your energy
Pay attention to how you feel when you wear certain colors and designs. Take note of how your day went while you wearing them. Do you feel drained at the end of the day or do you still have enough energy left to enjoy your evening with your family or friends? For example, if you have a down day or if you find yourself struggling at work, change into clothing that has a strong energy uplifting color like red, emerald green, bold blue or hot pink — think bright jewel tones. If your day is already too energized and stressful, change into something calm like khaki or pastel blue or light green – their energy will provide calming energy to you and your surroundings. Everything you say, think and do matters — including what you wear. Clothing does influence your productivity and therefore your prosperity. Evaluate the clothes in your closet to see if they are providing you the energy you need. If not, perhaps you should do a thorough closet clean-up and get a clothing facelift.
© Pat Heydlauff, All Rights Reserved Pat Heydlauff, president of Energy Design, uses Feng Shui design principles to eliminate chaos and stress at home and within oneself. More than a Feng Shui expert, Pat is a consultant and speaker who helps remove clutter and negativity while encouraging personal growth, improved relationships and prosperity. Her new book, “Feng Shui: So Easy a Child Can Do It,” shows how to achieve a better tomorrow. For information on her consulting, speaking and artwork, call: 561-408-2708.