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What Do My Clothes Say About Me?

Your clothes say a lot about you, so consider what kind of message you want to send. Your clothes say a lot about you, so consider what kind of message you want to send.

Whether or not you want them to, your clothes have a lot to say about you. When meeting someone new, first impressions may be based solely on what you’re wearing. Your clothes have the potential to get (or cost) you jobs and affect future relationships. So what do your clothes say about you?

We live in a world that values freedom to make our own choices. This is why we see so many different styles of fashion. From Goth to preppie to grunge – the possibilities of what to wear are endless. This also means the possibilities for fashion disasters are endless. Just because we have the freedom to wear spandex, does that mean we should? In most cases, probably not.

Our choice in clothes should be important to us. Society judges us by what we wear, so everyday when we get dressed, we send a message. What is your message? If you wear clothes that are too big or baggy, you could be sending a message that you are careless, undependable, or disrespectful. Studies show that sloppy dressers are often viewed as irresponsible and even dishonest. Is that what you want your clothes to say about you?

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself with regard to your wardrobe:

  • Do I like my clothes?
  • Do I know what looks good on me?
  • Have I got a good sense of style?
  • Do my clothes fit my body type?
  • Are my clothes too baggy or too tight?
  • Am I confident when I leave the house?

Your answers to these questions can help you discern what your clothes are saying about you. If you like your clothes, you’ll feel good wearing them and your message will be one of self-respect. If you aren’t comfortable with what you have on, your entire demeanor will reflect insecurity and doubt.

Knowing what looks good on you may take some time to determine. The ideal way to figure out your best look is to ask a trusted friend to give you their honest opinion. Typically women have a better fashion sense than men (sorry, guys) so you may want to consult a female friend. Try on a couple of your favorite outfits and ask her what she would think if she was meeting you for the first time. You may be surprised at what you learn.

If many of your clothes are black, you may come across as boring and predictable. On the other hand, black might mean adventurous, amorous, dangerous. Add some bold colors or interesting patterns – even if it’s just a tie. Clothes that are big and baggy may give the impression that you’re trying to hide from something. If it’s a weight issue that has you dressing in loose clothes, remember – wearing sizes that are too big will only make you look bigger than you really are. By the same token, someone who wears clothes that are too tight is giving the impression that he thinks he’s smaller than he actually is. Neither look says “I have a good sense of self.”

If you leave the house in the morning feeling confident, you’re happy with what you’ve got on. Your clothes will say “I took my time getting ready today and I feel good.” Dressing to impress is especially important for job interviews, first dates, and other important social occasions. Your clothes reveal your attitude about the situation you’re in, so it’s vital that you choose your wardrobe accordingly. A potential employer won’t hear “professional and respectable” from a T-shirt and ripped jeans; just as a woman won’t hear “potential lover” from a too-tight tank top and low-riding sweatpants. Consider carefully what you want your clothes to say about you, and you’ll get the right message across.

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