I went grocery shopping today. Nothing extraordinary in itself, but as I was wandering around the story trying to find Thai chilies, I immediately noticed a family group. The women were all wearing simple denim skirts, simple Mary Jane style shoes, and button down blouses. The men were wearing denim jeans, plain colored button down shirts and oxfords. I immediately recognized them as being Christian and particularly conservative. This family stood out for the way they were dressed and, by me, labeled based on the way they were dressed.
Once I noticed them, I began noticing others as well; girls in short shorts and skinny strapped tank tops and others in long flowing summer dresses. There were men in dirty t-shirts and grunge shorts and others in tees, button downs, and jeans with sandals. While there were tons of men and women in a vast array of clothes and styles, there was one thing that immediately stood out to me. I was making character judgments based on how each person was dressed and I was certain they were doing the same to me.
We live a culture of contradictions. We declare that we shouldn’t judge others about the way they dress and we judge others on the way they are dressed. From job interviews to the grocery store, how you dress determines what others will think about you.
Coco Chanel said it best, when she stated that we only get one chance to make a good first impression.There is even data to back it up. When you meet someone for the first time, 55% of that first impression is based entirely on your body language and your attire. Our attire, from head to toe, makes that first impression, and we don’t even have to say a word. With this in mind, it is important to make sure we take the extra effort to dress well and decent. Dressing well is a form of good manners and self-respect. When we take the time to dress well we show those around us that we respect ourselves and the people we meet.
Dress in a manner that speaks to how you want to be treated. Dress in a manner that labels you with the best possible adjectives.Share this post: by