Editorial: Appearance is key
Judge not, lest ye be judged.
Never judge a book by it’s cover.
It’s not what’s on the outside, but the inside that counts.
All of these are things are lessons everyone is taught from a young age, however, if 90 percent of communication is nonverbal, can any of that really be true?
The fact of the matter is whether or not it makes us uncomfortable to admit it, every day we constantly make snap judgements about the people we encounter.
And that’s OK, because it makes sense.
Appearance is one of the quickest and easiest ways to communicate your values to a stranger. While it’s entirely foolish to judge someone based off genetically predisposed traits like skin color or facial features, why should you disregard the fact that they look like they haven’t showered in a week?
The way you dress communicates your level of readiness to face the day, sets the tone for the people you will encounter and puts you in a frame for either success or failure.
There isn’t a person alive who feels genuinely ready to win at life when they’re dressed in baggy sweat pants and an old t-shirt with questionable stains.
Your choice also conveys a certain level of respect. Why else would you dress up to visit your significant other’s parents or a potential employer? Dressing nicely says you matter enough to me to put in effort. I care what you think of me.
When you think of it that way, you realize you are subtly insulting every person you meet when you leave the house looking like a rag doll.
Life is a battlefield; don’t forget to leave camp without good armor.