Does What We Wear Say Something About Who We Are?


There are over seven billion people in the world, each with their own unique personality and, though we don’t think of it as often, style. Every day we walk down the streets and see hundreds of different people with a variety of looks. You’d probably be lying if you said that you didn’t judge or assume something about at least one person you passed by in the past week. Regardless of whether your thought about the person was good or bad, you were putting a label on someone that you have never even spoken to.

Is there any validation in these actions? What can we really tell about a person from what they wear?


It Matters 

“When people don’t put effort into the way they look, they’re sending the message that they don’t care what people think of them,” Gabrielle Wasserstein, 19, of Hofstra University stated.

The way we dress asks for a certain level of attention. Not many people dress up for a night out in the hopes that they will go unseen. And on the other side of it, you wouldn’t wear sweatpants to a party, unless you were suggesting that the event does not matter to you. Dressing a certain way can act almost as a public service announcement: “Where I’m going right now matters to me” or “I don’t really care about how people perceive me right now.”

That, of course, is not to say that wearing sweatpants is always unacceptable. Hanging out with a group of friends for a movie night is the perfect occasion to dress super casually. Just don’t wear sweatpants for a job interview.

Clothes can also be worn to attract specific attention. A band T-shirt could be worn so that a person may find others with interests in the same kind of music. On the other hand, going to a sports event and wearing the T-shirt of the opposing team will attract the wrong kind of attention.

“People who dress practically are usually practical people,” Victoria Rotondi, 19, of Rutgers University stated.

Clothing can also express what matters most to a person. When going on a camping trip, it can be pretty easy to tell by the way someone is dressed whether they know what they know and are prepared for the trip or if they instead care more about the way they look.

Clothing can say a lot about a person.


It Doesn’t Matter 

“Certain people are attracted to certain colors and styles because of what they like. There’s no other explanation,” Amanda Bahn, 20, of Hofstra University stated.

Just because someone dresses a certain way doesn’t mean that they’re completed defined by their style. I can attest to this, as my friends often joke that I always a wear bright colors and floral clothes, yet I love dark movies that involve psychopaths and murder. You would never be able to guess my interest based on the clothes I wear.

Assuming something about a person based on what they’re wearing is judging a book by it’s cover. This is a bad habit to fall into. I, myself, have inferred that a person was tough and menacing just because he wore dark clothing and had many piercings. It turned out that he was really nice guy. Just because a person is fond of a particular style, doesn’t mean they’re personality matches it.

Making false conjectures about people just divides us all. We may never give people a chance if we automatically assume we are different than them, without ever speaking to them.


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