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Enclothed Cognition: Surim Kim

July 31, 2017

Surim Kim

Enclothed Cognition describes the concept in which the clothes you wear has an impact on your cognitive process. When you wear something you genuinely love, it is an instant confident booster. That being said, this phenomenon is important to me because getting dressed is something everyone faces each morning. If aware of this concept, one would be able to dress more confidently and have a positive impact on his or her own day. This is part of the latest installment on my blog:

Not only do I want to emphasize the importance of self-confidence in women, but men as well. This interview is dear to my heart because it features my boyfriend, Surim. Not only does he bring a fresh male perspective to the table, but he's also one of the most confident people I know. Between the two of us, he is undoubtedly the one that is more outgoing. As far as style, Surim prefers a more minimal look with tasteful touches of streetwear influence with pieces such as a Supreme waist bag and Nike Flyknit Racer

Why did you decide to wear this outfit to go hiking?

I just purchased the olive bomber jacket(similar) the other day, but it was too hot to wear it. However it cooled down significantly the day we went, so I got to give the jacket a test run and based my outfit on that.

How do you typically decide what to wear?

I pretty much have set outfits in my mind and choose one based on the vibe I want to give that day and what I am doing.  

Do you have a style influence or icon?

Not really. I don't look at one person to see what they are wearing. However, I tend to look at product launches and lookbooks if I need style inspiration. Specifically, I go to Hypebeast, the Cos lookbook, and /r/rawdenim

Anything else that inspires you stylistically?

I am really drawn to western looks like Clint Eastwood. Also, the classic rock era has a big influence on me.  

Do you think streetwear has gotten too mainstream lately?

I have been into the streetwear scene since 2007, and have witnessed the rise of the obvious big labels such as Bape and Supreme in mainstream media. As well as seeing brands such as Stussy and The Hundreds go from being in boutique stores to being in suburban malls. However, I understand these trends come and go and no one should base their purchases off of what is mainstream and what is not. I mean, I still love Supreme even though it is considered the quintessential "hypebeast" brand. I believe it was extremely beneficial that streetwear became mainstream, since it forced designers to push the boundaries and evolve, leading us out of the graphic-tee era to the more minimal/tech inspired looks out now. 

How does what you wear affect your mood? Confidence?

Dressing well definitely corresponds with how I feel for the rest of the day. When you know you are dressed well, your attitude reflects that - not in a cocky way though. Simply put, when you look good, you feel good. 

Do you think there a lot of guys who lack confidence? What advice would you give to them?

Of course there is a lot of guys who lack confidence and I feel like this is something that isn't touched upon. Men can have confident issues too and I wish it was more normalized. But everyone deals with it a lot of different ways. Personally, my way was reaching out to new people and learning how to spark conversations. One does not have to be outgoing to be confident, however, confidence is a double-edged sword and can be confused with arrogance. 

51 comments on "Enclothed Cognition: Surim Kim "
  1. This is a good interview. I really liked it.

  2. What a great interview! I couldn't agree more hat when we're dressed well, our attitudes reflect that, this is so true! I always feel more confident when I'm put together than when I'm not. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week!



  3. First of all, your boyfriend has great style. Second, I love hearing about self confidence from a male's perspective!

  4. Great interview ! Thanks for sharing !
    Much love !

  5. I usually decide based on my mood and where I'm going. I prefer comfort over style though!

    Angelie // Grilled Greek Chicken by KOOK Manila

  6. Such a cool idea for a series! So cute how you interviewed your bf for this one :) You guys are such a stylish couple!!

  7. You style is so stylish and you look very nice, loving the style!

    My Vogue Style |

  8. Nice pictures. And the nature Fabulous:)
    And your look it's realy nice.

  9. OMG what an awesome look, Keri! Love your photos of nature. Amazing photography!
    Love your shoes as well. Great styling!
    Have a wonderful week!
    much love, Len

  10. Good interview ! nice pics in a beautiful location

    1. It was sucha pretty park to take photos in :)

  11. This was interesting to read, and I absolutely agree that when we look good, we feel good as well.
    Nina's Style Blog

  12. Love this post, great interview!

  13. What a great interview of your bf! He's so stylish just like you!


  14. These photos look great! Amazing outfit!
    Have an awesome day,
    xx Kris

  15. Haha its so sweet of you to interview your own boyfriend! Love this look!! xx

  16. What a cool interview and pretty pictures! Loved this post :) I am so inspired by the COS lookbook too, such beautiful pictures and looks! <3


    Claire from Dresscape

    1. They really have such nice stuff :)

  17. Cool interview. The way I dress definitely affects my outlook.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  18. I completely agree with what I wear affects how I feel. This was a great interview to read. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


  19. Aw, loved hearing a guy's point of view. Good interview!

  20. Great post! I would love to hear your thoughts on my last post. Have a lovely day! xoxo Cris

  21. He has a great sense of style. I love reading this and also like the way you edited the photos x


  22. Cool outfit! :)

    Happy Wednesday!

  23. Love getting a mans perspective on fashion. Great interview!

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