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The New Enclothed Cognition

I have been running Enclothed Cognition for about 3 years now and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. Not only was it a creative outlet and a form of expression, but it acted as a resumé supplement since I wanted to get into the fashion industry. As you know, Enclothed Cognition is a place where I share my personal style and what products I am loving at the moment. Yet, I have always wanted it to be more than that.

In the past year, I focused more on defining what Enclothed Cognition is and have even conducted two interviews (Claudia Jordan and my boyfriend) regarding their take on dressing with confidence. I adored this new segment of my blog…but it still was not enough for me.

Related: Enclothed Cognition – My Boyfriend

The Epiphany

My friend and fellow blogger, Sheila, had a post dedicated to the rebranding of her blog and how fulfilling the change has been. She used to focus on fashion and lifestyle, but decided she wanted to be a boss babe and worked so hard to turn her blog into a business. Reading this post was incredibly inspiring to me and it made me reflect on Enclothed Cognition and the direction it was moving in.

I knew I wanted to provide more meaningful content to my readers, without letting go of my passion for style. The fashion industry and the role of the blogger specifically, can get a bad rep for being superficial and does not contribute to the overall good of society. I am not saying all brands, influencers, etc. are like that, but it can be perceived this way by some. 

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Fashion & Self-Love

Thus, I decided to rebrand into Enclothed Cognition: Fashion & Self-Love. I will still be providing the same content (OOTD’s, product wishlists, etc.), but will also be interweaving a lot more lifestyle and social related topics. For instance, I want to delve more into things such as body image, career goals, feminism and even happiness. I’ll be delivering this content through personal experience and through the eyes of a few people I will interview. That being said, if there is anything you want me to touch upon, please leave it below in the comments!

Related: A Thought on Self-Confidence

Thank you so much for growing with me and Enclothed Cognition. It means the world to me that you come to read this little blog of mine. I promise more frequent and fresh content coming your way very soon!

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Enclothed Cognition: Surim Kim

 

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. 




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Enclothed Cognition: Claudia Jordan

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:
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Claudia Jordan is the epitome of all around talent as she is a model, actress and TV personality and host. Her list of accomplishments include winning Miss Rhode Island USA, modeling on Deal or No Deal and The Price is Right, competing on The Celebrity Apprentice, and appearing on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Recently, she just finished promoting her latest venture starring in the new movie, Jason’s Letter, a powerful film addressing unarmed police shootings in America. In addition, she also has her own business entrepreneurs with her wine, Just Peachy, and Claudia Jordan handbags.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Claudia while she was enjoying her breakfast and recovering from a 2 AM flight to the East Coast. Despite this, she was poised and beautiful as ever.

 

Congrats on the premiere of Jason’s Letter. Did the fashion from the movie have an impact on your character?
Yeah, especially because of the roles I usually do – pageants, modeling – it’s just about putting on something for them. For this role, I had to dress down because it wasn’t about looks. It was about being a mother who lost her child. So, I had to go back to the basics.
You won Miss Rhode Island Teen USA in 1990. Do you remember what you wore?
 
I don’t know the designer, but it was a light green chiffon dress and my makeup was totally wrong, but I guess it was right for then because it was the late 80s – early 90s. I forget the dress I wore once I got to nationals, but it was like an old school designer. I was trying to be so conservative. Especially, since a black girl won Miss Rhode Island. I thought I had to be extra classy, so no one could say it was inappropriate. It was lavender and strapless with a lacey, glittery bodice. If I could do it over, I would probably go with something a little more sexy because when I got to Miss USA, the girls were really coming with it. And I was so conservative and had the most natural makeup on.
How old were you then?
 

I was 22.

You were a model for Deal or No Deal and the Price Is Right. Did you like doing that?
 
It was so fun! The Price Is Right was only 3 hour days, so you could still go out all night if you wanted to, haha. But a lot of times, with the wardrobe, they would find little, cheap dresses and that’s where I learned how important it is to have a good tailor. They would get dresses size 12 and the way they would amend them to make them into a whole different dress was amazing. They looked expensive too!
Did you have a say in your wardrobe?
 
No, they had a wardrobe person. In both shows, we always had to dress alike, so that’s kind of interesting when you have to wear the same thing as 25 other models or 2 other models. That’s where you have to make your personality stand out.
You have your own handbag collection, Claudia Jordan Handbags. How’s that going?
 
It’s okay! I launchd it about a year ago. It’s harder than I thought to get going, especially because I am not known to be a style icon. But, they’re made in Italy and I partnered with this guy who has done a lot in the fashion world and together we’re just trying to figure it out. We’re in the really early stages of it.

 

 


What made you want to start a handbag collection?
 
People approached me actually and they thought it would be a good idea. It’s around the same price point as a Michael Kors bag, but I always want to make things more affordable for the masses. I feel like then you’re super big, you have the audacity to have super expensive product. I don’t see myself like that. Plus, I want to make it so the average person can buy it.
Who is your style icon?
 
I love J-Lo and I feel like Halle Berry always gets it right. She is always so feminine and pretty, know what I mean? And J-Lo is just sexy, beautiful, and putting a lot of these young girls to shame. I like that more mature glamour. I feel like everyone is so naked now. You go online to go shopping and everything is about a fake body. Then, you buy that outfit and it looks nothing like it did online.
What would you tell a girl who is lacking self-confidence?
 

Do not compare yourself to everyone else. Be proud of who you are and no that it’s okay to be different than what you see on TV. I would also say, sometimes people are too obsessed with the name brands. A lot of women on reality TV are dripping in designer brands and the reality is, they might have 3 or 4 roommates in real life. Don’t try to break the bank to try and copy these looks. I feel like we should be responsible role models. Personally, I might throw on a nice shoe, but my outfit  is more affordable.

What are you wearing today?
 
This red jumpsuit is from Pink Boutique UK. Really affordable, yet trendy pieces. I got a really nice dress form there and it was like $50, but it looks red carpet ready. I’ve done this over and over. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look good. As long as it’s the right color and fit, you’ll look good. Clothes are also meant to be repeated and not to be worn once just for an instagram photo.
You definitely look confident in that red jumpsuit. What do you wear when you want to feel more confident? 
 
Something that flatters the body and accentuate something you do have. I like bold colors and pieces that are sexy, but still classy. An outfit you can still wear around the parents, but still catch someone’s eye.
What was your favorite fashion moment in your career history?
 
 When I hosted the Miss Universe Pageant in 2009, myself and Billy Bush. They gave me this chocolate sequin gown and a beautiful necklace. I felt so glamorous at that moment.

 

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