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Clothes Make The Man

Updated on January 11, 2010

"Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express’d in fancy; rich not gaudy
For the apparel oft proclaims the man"

Polonius to Laertes HAMLET, Act I, Scene III

Dress For Success

I looked at myself in the mirror and after I stopped laughing I thought I might seek out some clothes that would "suit" my persona. Fashion is a very serious subject as we will all see soon enough.

The Art Of Sucking Up
The Art Of Sucking Up

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression" Will Rogers

Behavioral scientists say the "first impression" is very strong. The process of sizing you up is a subconscious and emotional function of the brain. A stranger can take 30 seconds or less to cultivate an opinion, and can be so strong that it could take many years to erase. We’ve all heard the expression "You can’t judge a book by its cover". However, quite often, the cover is the reason that we pick up one book over another.

An example of "your appearance being more important than what you say" is the first Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate. If you are unaware of who Nixon and Kennedy were, it shouldn't matter what you wear. You should go back to school.

Research shows that people notice the following about people:

Skin color, Sex, Age

Bearing-This can mean height. Taller people start with higher pay. Head movement and body language say a lot. Nodding can be seen as a negative but with a regard to acknowledging authority. If over done, smiling can be thought of as weakness. Know when to "suck up". Smile sparingly as if amused when the interviewer or employer is trying to be funny. When your superior tells a joke, just laugh your butt off as though it were indeed funny.

Appearance is 90%. If you are covered by clothing, and Lord we hope so, the clothing you choose will make a significant impact.

Direct Eye Contact- Don’t stare, but look others in the eye 40 - 60% of the time, or else you might be thought as having something to hide or that you may not know of what you are speaking. If it should be a rival in the work place, you might raise your eyebrows or roll your eyes when they speak. Never do this if your employer is speaking- at least not if they can see you.

Speech- 55% of communication is unspoken. It will not be what you say, but how you say it. The art of backstabbing will require the "arching of the eye-brows and rolling of the eyes".

Your appearance makes a difference in how you influence the world. Take a look at most morons that have held public office.

Dressing improperly could be construed as contempt for a situation or other people. Clothing is a way to show others that you have respect and consideration for the situation. You shouldn't show up in T-shirt and shorts to go to the opera.

We are judged thousands of times everyday. How many times have you heard or used the phrase, "look at that jackass?" So it’s not a question of being judged.

It’s a question of whether we want to have influence on that judging or not.

Let's see if we are ready to see what we can do to present ourselves in the best package to project a professional image.

Do not wear short sleeve shirts with ties. Short sleeve shirts can be thought as lower utilitarian apparel. It can be fine as a uniform at McCrap fast food restaurants, but not if you want to project a professional image.

Do not wear your underwear on the outside of your pants.

Shoes are important. Your shoes should be clean, shined, in good repair and right for the occasion. Lace-up shoes go with suits. Avoid wearing the same shoes on consecutive days and put your shoes in shoetrees when you’re not wearing them. If you don't have shoes- paint your feet a different color every day.

Wearing both belt and suspenders make you look insecure. One or the other please. And if you opt for the suspenders, make certain they are the kind that fasten inside your pants with buttons. And why do firemen wear red suspenders? To hold their pants up (baddaboop).

Trousers should cover your socks, and socks should cover your shins even when you cross you legs. Pants are long enough if they have a slight break in the front. Pleats and cuffs are traditional and functional. Pleats let you sit down comfortably and cuffs can add weight to allow for proper drape.

Do not wear your pants below your butt unless you are a plumber.

Belts should match shoes in color and texture.

Socks should match your pants.

Ties should reach the belt line.

A properly knotted tie has a “dimple” under the knot. Clips and tacks are out of style.

Suit and Sports jackets are symbols of authority.
However the bottom buttons of men’s jackets are not designed to be buttoned, since King Edward VII gained weight, and started the fashion trend.

King Edward VII, “Bertie”, was the son of Victoria. King Ed lived between 1841 – 1910. He was the "grand poobah" (King) from 1901 to 1910. Ed was a bit chunky. How chunky was this monkey? He was so chunky that he could not get the bottom button fastened on his vest. His flunkies took it as a fashion statement and followed his lead and unbuttoned their vests. Even today most men’s suits, sports jackets or vests come with a bottom button and if you button the button, people will laugh and point at you.

One day Ed (the grand poobah) showed up without any clothes and everyone took their clothes off. This didn't last though as it had just snowed and things got very cold.

Suit and Sports jackets should fit properly and show ½” of “linen” or shirtsleeve at the jacket sleeve. Don't look like a macaroon and have too much sleeve hanging out. People will laugh and point.

Do not put pens and pocket protectors in shirt pockets. Pens go in the inside pocket of the coat out of sight. Today, using pocket protectors is the equivalent of having a "kick me sign on your behind". Don't wear telephones on your belt. Having your cell phone visible will make people think that you will be answering it all day like people do. Think about a nice valise! If you do not know what a valise is then go ahead and put the pens and pocket protectors back into the shirt pocket. You won't get the job anyway.

Hair should be shoulder length for women. Hair should be over the ears for men. Longer will diminish perception of authority, but increase accessibility.

Wear your hair like more serial killers- see Ted Bundy. Remember- Ted was able to murder dozens of young women by "not looking like Jesus". Remember- even serial killers respect the situation and dress for the occasion. Most elite criminals know that most of us trust well manicured and well dressed people with great hair.

We live in a complex, but dumb, society where considerate people dress appropriately for places and occasions. Proper dressing is showing respect for your fellow idiots and their institutions. Proper clothing and the proper look can get you into many situations where you can take advantage of other morons.

The navy blue suit is often chosen for bankers, congressmen, and others who wish to rob the country blind.

Dress better for an interview than you would as an employee. Remember- putting forth a false image is important. Employers will notice that you know the fine art of "sucking up".

Men’s clothing is more traditional and less fashion oriented. It may take several seasons for designers to even slightly change the width of a necktie. When the tie is changed, by all means -jump on it. years later you can break out your old ties for the "retro look".

The business suit has virtually not changed in 70 years! This is a progression that has resulted in attire that looks great on most men. Once you reach perfection, don’t mess with it! The business suit will allow you to commit criminal acts but you'll get more comfortable lodging when you're caught!

"Do the clothes suit you? Do the clothes suit the occasion? Do the clothes suit each other?" Richard Plourde

Want a better outcome in a court of law? Wear a dark suit. Judges such as Julian B. Ness of South Carolina would banish lawyers who wore "plaid suits".

Remember- if you want to make a mockery of our court system -dress for it.

Searching for the right look!

I checked out several sources for a "new look".

I just wasn't convinced by some of the fashions I was coming across.

Some of the clothes, especially the pants seem to have a lot of "wind drag". The new designs didn't seem very afro-dynamic!

The suit above caught my eye. As a matter of fact if you were hitch-hiking at night it would really come in handy.

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months” -- Oscar Wilde

I just didn't seem to be finding "me" out there in "fashion world".

"Fashion passes, style remains." -- Coco Chanel (1883-1971), founder of Chanel

I briefly considered this "night suit" with matching luggage.

Can you believe this? This suit did not have enough buttons. There is no bottom button to leave unbuttoned! He obviously never heard of King Edward VII.

"Suit and Sports jackets should fit properly which includes showing ½” of “linen” or shirtsleeve at the jacket sleeve."

How is this person going to find adequate employment when his sleeves are way more than the "½” of “linen” or shirtsleeve at the jacket sleeve."

What bicycle shop, carpenter, or plumber is going to hire this guy?

This lad appears to "show contempt for other people or the situation" by the way he casually allows his shirt tail to loosely "hang out".  I was sold but for the heavy metal around the neck. I just couldn't carry that around all day. Bending down while working on a bicycle could wind up with a chain in the chain. If I were doing some roofing on top of some house it could be the leverage to cause a fall. If I had to run in some of these outfits I'm not sure how far I'd get. But really it was his casual "contempt" that ruined the outfit for me.

The Western Look!

The chaps would be warm for these winter days but I thought I'd be dressing up too much here.

Real Cowboys

 I bet these guys do a lot of roping, herding, cow punching, and what-not.

Nope, I was just not sold completely on the western look.

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society" -- Mark Twain

I have this outfit, but really, who needs underwear with it? For heaven sakes it's underwear!

Finally I thought I'd try to find clothing that my heroes wore!


It's kind of simple but it goes with everything!

It comes in any color as long as it's white. You can make it yourself.

Sai Baba of Shirdi
Sai Baba of Shirdi

Perhaps to dress more like these fellows than any of the above is what my soul is asking for.


Jesus praying in frustration?
Jesus praying in frustration?

These aren't my clothes.

These clothes don't fit- but I'd rather wear these clothes than all the clothes that presidents have worn.

I want the simplicity.

I want the truth.

Perhaps, someday, I can hang out with these guys.

Regardless of what can be and will be - I'll be the best I can be.

For now, you can see me in this garb!

Giufa, From Italy

As Giufà was half a simpleton no one showed him any kindness, such as to invite him to his house or give him anything to eat. Once Giufà went to a farmhouse for something, and the farmers, when they saw him looking so ragged and poor, came near setting the dogs on him, and made him leave in a hurry.

When his mother heard it she procured for him a fine coat, a pair of breeches, and a velvet vest.

Giufà dressed up like an overseer, went to the same farmhouse, and then you should see what great ceremonies they made! They invited him to dine with them. While at the table all were very attentive to him. Giufà, on the one hand, filled his stomach, and on the other, put into the pockets, coat, and hat whatever was left over, saying: "Eat, my clothes, for you were invited!"

Hodja, From Turkey

One day Nasreddin Hodja went to a bridal festival. The master of the feast observing his old and wretched garments, paid him no consideration whatever. The Hodja saw that he had no chance of notice; so going out he hurried to his house, and putting on a splendid pelisse, returned to the place of festival.

No sooner did he enter the door than the master advanced to meet him, and saying, "Welcome, Nasreddin Hodja," with all imaginable honor and reverence placed him at the head of the table, and said, "Please to eat, Lord Hodja."

Forthwith the Hodja taking hold of one of the furs of his pelisse, said, "Welcome, my pelisse, please to eat, my lord."

The master, looking at the Hodja with great surprise, said, "What are you about?"

Whereupon the Hodja replied, "It is quite evident that all the honor paid is paid to my pelisse, so let it have some food too."


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    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      lyssa -God bless you!

      glory- you're spot on! God bless you!

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      8 years ago

      true clothes make the man but clothes that make a woman break men

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      lol... simply loved it

      u siad clothes make a woman-cold!(during winters only n then there are some courageous souls too)

      but for men...desirable, hot n what not

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo shirishkoid! I'm glad you caught that! God bless you!

    • shirishkoid profile image


      8 years ago

      If u don't have shoes,,, paint your feet with different colors everyday.. Says.. MD lol

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Turkey Man Epigramman, the beautiful mess! I love you brother!

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      ...clothes may make the man - but THE MAN IS ONE WHO MAKES THESE HUBS!!!!! No matter what the hub subject is - you always put 100% into it - and make it definitive - again - just another testament to your greatness and your uncanny ability to entertain but also educate at the same time!!!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Please plumbers of the world - just pull those pants up. Maybe that's how a good plumber is recognized. I await the next Peggy hub with great eagerness!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great picture of you! I can see the kindness in your eyes. Loved all the bits of humor you wove into this hub. Example...Do not wear your pants below your butt unless you are a plumber. Poor plumbers have been type cast even by MD! Haha!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless Heart Felt Book!

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      Cheri Taylor 

      8 years ago from New York, NY

      I just Love A man Who Has Style And lOve To Dress ...Oh Yea! lol..Thanks for This Great HUB!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for seeing my heart Ghost. I love you too Dear. Thank you!

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      ghost whisper 77 

      8 years ago

      Clothes do not make the man...

      A good heart makes the man...

      That's why I love you Michael!

      You have a good matter what...I know this!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you drpastorcarlotta. You're doing a lot of homework on this crazy man. God bless!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Funny and interesting! I also agree with Unchained Grace's comment. GREAT HUB!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Are you looking at me? ;}

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      A sharp dressed man does make for a great impression! Love all the great fashion examples. Love and Peace :)

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago


      Thank you Luv!

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      nope! hehe

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Gee Sa'ge! I'm glad you're wandering around here. I forgot I made all these hubs! God bless Girl! And you noticed "Eat my clothes". Ain't nothing short about you!

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      8 years ago from Barefoot Island

      afternoon MD, I look at shoes. I can tell alot about a person by their shoes! :D I love the little stories especially the two at the end. Eat my clothes! hehe

      aloha luv :D

      PS: you would look great in a sarong!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hey Petra! Clothes make the man! I'm a fraud! Thank you!

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      Petra Vlah 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is great! How did I missed it for so long? You understand fashion, but even more so human nature and everything you said is right on. Love it! Just voted UP, useful, funny, awsome, beautiful - because it is all of the above

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Yo Epigramman!!! "Do not wear your underwear on the outside of your pants!" See you at your place!

    • epigramman profile image


      9 years ago

      clothes may make the man but the man clothes the hubs!!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Clothes make the Man! (Psst-I'm a fraud!) Thanks MFB.

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      9 years ago from United States

      wow...great article on dressing for success. I am already boxing up my closets for the nearest Salvation army. I enjoyed this, and so will all the needy folks who will wind up wearing my castoff poetic garb...LOL~~~MFB III

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      It didn't cross my mind. Thank you GoldiString

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      9 years ago

      Do not wear your underwear on the outside of your pants. -Hahaha! Right, but Superman does it!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thanks you Randy Behavior for stopping by. It's factual and silly.

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      Randy Behavior 

      9 years ago from Near the Ocean

      We had fun looking at this, thanks.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      It is, no doubt- truth. It's natural for our incredibly unnatural society. I'll hang out with Jesus, Gandhi, and that other fellow.

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      sooner than later 

      9 years ago

      You are now my favorite writer. I can't help but laugh at your humor, but this read holds heaps of truth. All is vanity. Sooner than later.

    • Isabelle22 profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Lol this was a great read. Thanks heaps for sharing.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you UG. Clothes make the men and men make the clothes. Fashion makes and is made. People can't decide where I stand in their scenario. I've been (and you) where people know it would be a shame. I'll repeat this later-People want to know if I believe in Jesus. Do I fit their program? I do not fit anyone's "program" so far. Believing that Jesus was real, existed is the easy part for me. Absolutely a man studied the scriptures. He tried to live a perfect life. He suffered a somewhat humiliating death (certainly for his era). His friends left him in his darkest hour. This was the real Jesus. Nothing made up for a book or movie for Dan Brown or some other intellectual to make money on or dissect. People in the billions are dismissing or following false prophets or cruel leaders with clout. I'd surely more quickly follow a man in sack cloth and ashes. Keep on keeping on Unchained Grace. Maybe it's a small thing we do, a small step we take, but I want to know what I'm stepping in.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Hi Fastfreta. You know the guy in the union suit and the other in the shorts were doing their runway gig. A lot of that is good advice but it really goes to far in judging people. Honestly- people become chameleons to deceive, get over, get something, or more for nothing. I can't cut my hair. This is part of my faith and religion. Thank you for liking my outfit!

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      Unchained Grace 

      9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Mick, I read this earlier, though I felt a distinct need to return and reread but this time from a different perspective. The given statement of "Clothes make the man" can also be reversed. It is when "Men make the clothes" as you mentioned with certain individuals whose attire was fervently copied by underlings. We think of the impact movie stars, Jacqueline Kennedy and now Michelle Obama have made in fashion. Regardless of our politics, they can either "set" a style or "substantiate" it. Meaning?

      Mick is a prominent bicyclist and has amassed a fanclub who have listened to his advice on different issues and considers him the "goto guy" when it comes to bicycling. Joe the bicycle rider shows up at a race with his helmet set a bit differently with a whole new way of setting up his hydration system. People look and say,"What are you doing, son?" Then, they see Mick. One who has been "in the biz" for quite some time and a respected practitioner.

      He shows up with the exact same setup, thereby lending credibility and creedence to the first guy who is now linked with an authority figure within the sport. See where I'm going with this?

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Micky Dee, I can't believe that I read this entire hub,(not scanned), but I did. It was so interesting and funny, ordinarily mens clothing would not interest me, but because you wrote it I had to read it. Looooved it. Good advice with levity, how great is that.

      The guy in the union suit and the one in the shorts and sports coat is a joke, I hope. Hey your outfit is great.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      We'd have to put a chamois in there but -maybe.

      Thank you Greensnob. There have been a lot of "hits" on this one but I think it's being scanned and not read- or not read between the lines anyway. Thanks for dropping by. I'll check out Greensnobville soon.

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      9 years ago

      Love your sense of humor, can you ride in a wrap Ghandi?

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      Thank you Maita. That's right- no clothes make the woman-cold!

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      9 years ago from US

      hehehe, I like the pics, how about for women, does no clothes make a woman, just kidding I love this one, Keep smiling , Maita


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