WHAT YOUR CLOTHES SAY ABOUT YOU – MIRROR EFFECT
When we meet someone we scan them in our minds. If we agree with them we mirror their body language. It is a way of bonding. We do it in clothing as well. We dress similar to those with whom we agree.
In a group of friends you will see many similarities in the way they dress. They might not be able to see it themselves. They see the differences, but for outsiders they look the same. Mirroring someone is a way to fit in and it is often done at an unconscious level.
The mirror effect is a form of imitation. We are used to imitating. We imitated our parents when we were children. As we grow older we keep imitating our surroundings.
Dressing similarly gives us a feeling of belonging and it gives a form of security. It is a sign that you share some of the same values, attitudes and behaviour. When we are in the company of someone with whom we agree we tend to be more positive and comfortable. We feel understood.
Mirroring happens naturally and it is an indication of friendship and equal status.