01 September, 2009

Clothing: the Look you can Control

For years, I felt guilty about judging people based on what they were wearing. For some reason, I felt that it was as bad as judging based on skin colour or race. Recently though, a close friend said something that completely changed my perspective.

We choose what we wear. We may not be able to change the colour of our skin, but we can always change our clothing.

With this realization came liberation. And terror, because once I realized this, I realized that what I wore would have an impact on how people perceive me. Most of the time, I dress however I want, and don't care what anyone else says. There are sometimes, however, that you want to be seen in a certain way. For example, while I have no problem going to school wearing ripped tights with a faux fur coat, and a skirt obviously; I would not want to show up at a job interview in the same outfit.

Why not? For the reason mentioned above: at a job interview, you want to come off as responsible and capable of working hard. This does not mean that you have to be completely generic, it just means you have to know when to wear what, and how to express your style in moderation. I am not going to tell how to spice up a basic suit, or anything along those lines, since there are already a plethora of guides on these subjects.

I am going to finish by summarizing a bit:
It is not wrong to judge based on clothing. Just remember that you are being judged too, so wear what you like in situations when it doesn't matter, and learn how to project the right image for different moments in life.

Thoughts? Requests?

Love, Rosie

(PS: Remember that this is a scheduled post, and while I will eventually reply to any comments or questions, it might take a while.)
(PPS: Sorry about the text heave post, but there will be tons of image heavy posts once I get back.)


  1. this is definitely an interesting point that you have raised! i think everyone should be free to express themselves as long as they are not causing harm to anyone else in society.

    and everyone has different taste, tolerance is essential for a more diverse and creative world.

  2. Hope you had a great vacation!=)

  3. Nice to hear that you had a great vacation and that you did some shopping.=) Will you be posting any pictures later on?

  4. Looking forward to seeing the pictures sometimes in the future then.=)

  5. I don't know if most will agree with your side of the subject matter, but I am afraid I must be one TO agree! It's just human nature to judge, whether we admit it or not... now some just more harshly than others, but I am quite sure that it is not completely avoidable all together. That is because most often, someone's thoughts, feelings, attitude and perhaps even religion show through what they are wearing... so of course, the result is that people will label that person as such (the wear they are displaying towards others).

    I am not sure if I feel comfortable admitting that I am included in all that... but at the same time I feel like I am just being "PC" by stating otherwise.

    Interesting subject... and brave. I like it! :)

  6. I absolutely agree. Obviously judging people is not the best use of time, but we all do it and need to be aware of it ourselves. What we wear says so much about us, so dressing should be done with care.