You Are What You Wear

Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner is “a psychologist who analyzes closets” makes girls “think more deeply about the patterns surrounding the way they dress. Baumgartner is trying to make connections between clothing and state of mind.

“Our clothing is a reflection of what we are thinking and what we are feeling. Often, wardrobe mishaps are simply our inner conflicts bubbling to the surface.” she states. Baumgartner maintains that clothing is not just about a look but about life.

Consider Megan a physician, lived in her scrubs. Both in and out of the hospital, she wore heart-and-puppy-dog-print smocks with white rubber clogs everywhere and anywhere. Megan worked in her scrubs, relaxed in her scrubs, did errands in her scrubs, and even slept in her scrubs”. And, according to Baumgartner, it wasn’t just Megan’s wardrobe that needed more life—Megan’s life needed more life. Megan didn’t just need new clothes; she needed to have a little more fun. By the end of Megan’s Inside Out makeover, she had not only a new wardrobe, but also a new identity that included playing kickball and speed-dating.

On the one hand, it doesn’t seem like someone should need a psychologist to tell them that wearing scrubs all the time or wearing an outfit that showcases your bra to work isn’t a good idea. On the other hand, we’ve all probably seen people at work, at the grocery story, or even just walking down the street and wondered, at least briefly, what they were thinking.

Baumgartner states, “Here we are at the end of the journey. I hope it is that your closet contains so much more than your clothes. It holds your story. In this small unassuming space, you can find where you have been, where you are, and where you need to go.”

Can your wardrobe change your life? Many of us certainly believe so. The rest of us may have to wait and see.

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