Sometimes it’s just one of those days. You want to win someone over in a job interview, impress with a work presentation or just look more alert than the three hours of sleep you had the night before will allow.

So you want to dress to impress. But what sort of look will give people that best impression?

You should dress more revealingly if you want to look more intelligent.

Yes, contrary to popular belief, research has found wearing more revealing clothing can make women appear more intelligent. Men, you’re on your own with this one, unfortunately.

Researchers asked 64 people to rank two women for traits including intelligence, perceived job status and morality. One woman was wearing a short skirt and low-cut top, while the second picture showed a woman in a longer skirt and more modest top.

They found that the women only ranked differently for two things: intelligence and faithfulness.

Dr Alfredo Gaitan, the study’s author, said:

Contrary to our predictions it was the sexualised clothing which resulted in higher intelligence and faithfulness ratings.

Have attitudes changed so much that people are not making negative judgments based on a woman’s dress? We think there are still negative attitudes out there, but perhaps people are seeing the sexy look more positively.

So there you have it: if you want to wear a skirt, wear a skirt.

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