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.
(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.)