Does being fashionable make you more successful?
There were articles this past weekend about what clothing should do for a person. What do you have to say about what people wear.
As sad as it sometimes might be ..but I think in today's day and age appearances do count (especially in the corporate sector) ..as it tells people a lot about your own lifestyle ...but one should not have pre-conceived notions on deeper levels about someone simply based on the way they dress or what car they drive ... intelligence and how one speaks and behaves in public is equally important
It can in some lines of work, but in other lines of work or areas of life it can make a person look as if s/he spends too much time/energy worrying about something as superficial as being fashionable (or at least too "fashionable").
There's "looking nice" and "looking your best" and "looking professional" - then there's "looking like all you worry about is how many designer-bags you have. That's important in some lines of work or areas of life - not particularly a good thing in others.
I tend to think the only successes that truly comes out of these types of articles are measured by the number of people the article writer can convince and how many apparel shops benefit from that convincing. I have known two hugely successful people in my lifetime, both whom became wealthy and rather famous. And neither one of them cared about what they wore. The first one was happy to go about in white socks and sandals and whatever Bermuda shorts went with his Hawaiian shirt; the second practically lived in her tie-dyed dresses and comfortable shoes. If their examples tell me anything, it is that success comes through talent, hard work, a belief in a higher power, the belief in one's abilities, love of family and a general disregard for living up to social expectations
However, I will add I enjoy seeing what weird creations come out of the fashion industry. Weird can be amusing.
I say that it is not what people wear but what the other people think.
What people? People who are important or people who look at you with a funny look on their faces.
Probably the ones with the funny looks on their faces, but there are others who can hide funny looks and still have thoughts.
I think it is more about personality and attitude than looks. Someone with a bad attitude but dresses to the hilt will not get the job.
People are always treated according to they way that they look. A good looking person who is dressed nicely is treated much better than a person who is not attractive and isn't dressed nicely. The world's first impression of a person is their appearance, so being fashionable does get a person more success than one who is not. It is shallow but a fact of life.
I would say that in the first instance a person is taken more seriously if they dress to suit the occasion. For example, if you were attending an interview you would dress smartly but not necessarily fashionable. I would not say being fashionable makes you more successful, it may bring you more attention, but whether it is the attention you desire would depend on the type of fashion you were wearing, not all fashions suit others either.
I think it depends on what you're trying to be successful at. If you're doing something that involves physically/visually relating to the public in any way on behalf of your professional life or someone you're employed by, fashion does have an impact. Same goes for job interviews. Unless you already know the employers expect casual attire, always dress accordingly.
If you're doing something that doesn't require you embody a particular image, fashion is only as important as you make it.
Usually, like today, my best writing duds are jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and some sort of shirt underneath, usually something with an entertaining graphic on it. However, I have days where I want to get all dolled up with makeup, a hairstyle that takes some effort and snazzier clothing.
It depends completely on the individual and the circumstances in which they put themselves.
I think that the way a person presents them self is very important in how others perceive them, and in turn can impact success. I don't think you have to wear designer heels or dress jackets to be successful, but appear to be confident, professional, and still stylish. Obviously, there are exceptions, but women are especially subject to this kind of critique. We are judged by how we look, and succeeding in the workplace can hugely depend on how you present yourself.
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