We often think of our clothes as things, as possessions separate from ourselves when in reality, they act as a second skin. Your personal style can help you befriend your body and manage your moods, meaning that your choice of outfit can have a profound effect on how you feel. So, to celebrate the power of clothing to help you lean into who you truly are the FiP team have started a new series called #mysecondskin where we’ll be speaking to people from all walks of life about the role that their wardrobe plays in their everyday life. For our fourth instalment, we’ll be speaking to Fashion is Psychology’s very own Maisie Allum. 

Maisie Allum

Maisie is a passionate Psychology of Fashion undergraduate at London College of Fashion, she applies her analytical and inquisitive skills to fashion business with the aim to positively enhance wellbeing. She is also the Editorial and Social Media Assistant here at FiP! 

Here’s what Maisie had to say when we asked her about her relationship with clothing:

1. How do your clothes make you feel?

I suppose I aim for my clothes to make me feel good about myself! I want my outfits to enhance my body and to be empowering. Or if I’m feeling not so good they can act as a sense of comfort.

2. What is your most treasured item, that brings you joy? 

My most treasured item might actually be my latest buy! I think it’s because it’s the first time I’ve splashed out and brought from a small business, and I’m proud of myself for that! It’s this gorgeous Khaki velvet jumpsuit that I can dress up or down and I know I will have it for a very long time!

3. Do you believe your clothes are political/ define you in any way?

I think people would get a pretty good sense of who I am based on what I wear but I’m apprehensive to say it defines me. I probably dress more depending on my mood at the time so the clothes I choose can be varied. In some ways, they can be political because I try to avoid wearing brands that go against my morals.

4. Has Covid-19 changed your relationship with your clothes?

I’d say yes! Since Covid I’ve gone months without buying anything, it has definitely made me slow down in lots of different ways! Also, I appreciate getting dressed up more, I’m sure you can relate! Having a good outfit for the park has made me so happy!

5. What are you planning on buying next?

For a while now, I’ve had in the back of my mind that when everything opens up I’d really like to invest in some more statement pieces. I want to be feeling myself once we can finally enjoy the things we’ve been robbed of again. I’ve got my eye on bright summer knitwear at the moment!

Follow @fashionispsychology on Instagram and use the hashtag #mysecondskin for your chance to be featured. 


Shakaila Forbes-Bell is a Fashion Psychologist and writer who has been featured in Marie Claire UK, i-D, Who What Wear, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, Fashion Bomb Daily, The Voice Newspaper, Gal-Dem, Black Matters US and more.

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