Clothes: How Much Influence Do They Really Have?
Dear Friends, I bring you another post as a Scribble from a Catholic Teen. Since Anna is unable to post today, I have the privilege of writing for all of you. I decided on picking a bit more of a serious topic rather than one that is a fun read. I hope it gives you something to think about.
The title says it all, I think. Fashion is constantly surrounding us, whether we go to a private store or a mall. There are always new trends for both boys and girls and many people find it important to keep up to the newest summer fashion and the like. There is nothing wrong with this unless done for the wrong reasons. Does it ever cross your mind that what you wear affects the way people treat and behave around you? Many people often don't think about this when they buy something, and most people don't realize that they too could be judging someone based on how they're dressed.
Here's an example: You get into an elevator with two people. One is a nurse that works with many patients in a local hospital. She's worked there for over fifteen years. The other person has the appearance of an emo or a goth person. Dressed in black and chains; every place on their face pierced. Who is the person you are most likely to trust or start a conversation with? Answer honestly. Most likely the nurse, right? I mean, who wouldn't trust someone who has people every day that look up to her to make sure they get the proper care? It's just a subconscious judgement that everyone makes. This is a perfect example how they way you dress affects the way you get treated by other people.
The way you dress affects how people act towards you on many different levels. It can affect how much a person trusts you, how a person talks to you, how a person behaves around you, and how open they'll be to you. Think about three different groups of people. Perhaps a man in a suit and tie, a woman dressed in sparse attire, and a person who wears very baggy clothes and assess the different levels for each of them. Do they change for each person? Is it because of what they're wearing? If you answered yes, congratulations, you are like everyone else on this planet. We all judge people based on appearance, and clothes are just another part of that. Too bad a lot of this is a stereotypical assessment and automatic for most of us. Since we cannot avoid it, we must be aware of it every time we wake up in the morning and decide what we are going to wear for the day. Next time you see someone in the city, check yourself. Are you putting a stereotype on that person because of their appearance? Perhaps if we can all do this check on ourselves, we can learn to have a gentle personality to everyone, no matter what they look like. In this way we can become more like how Jesus would want us to be, open and kind to everyone and not judging.
What you wear can also affect the way you act in public. Going back to the nurse and the goth, if you were to see them on the elevator, how would they act? It would seem likely that the nurse would be very open towards you, while the stereotypical goth would probably be more introverted and not as outgoing. Of course, this is not always the case, and I'm not putting the goth/emo people down in any way. This is merely making the point that what you wear does affect everything that is around you. No matter what you wear, it tells something about you. From baggy clothes to high heels and short shorts, it will always make a statement on how you act and thus changing the way people act around you.
So next time you get dressed for the day, think about this. What kind of person do you want to portray yourself as and how do these clothes actually portray yourself? As they always say, "Don't judge a book by its cover."
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope the Scribble from a Catholic Teen inspired you.