Does being fashionable make you more successful?

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  1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
    tirelesstravelerposted 9 years ago

    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.

  2. Hackslap profile image83
    Hackslapposted 9 years ago

    As sad as it sometimes might be ..but I think in today's day and age appearances do count (especially in the corporate sector) 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

  3. Lisa HW profile image64
    Lisa HWposted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      well stated.

  4. bethperry profile image83
    bethperryposted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree with you Beth.

  5. The Examiner-1 profile image61
    The Examiner-1posted 9 years ago

    I say that it is not what people wear but what the other people think.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      What people?  People who are important or people who look at you with a funny look on their faces.

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image61
      The Examiner-1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Probably the ones with the funny looks on their faces, but there are others who can hide funny looks and still have thoughts.

  6. Lady Guinevere profile image67
    Lady Guinevereposted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      In my early teens there was a girl who had red hair and big freckles all over.  I was totally jealous of her because she was funny, friendly and had lots of friends. Her attitude was indeed the key.

  7. Cristale profile image84
    Cristaleposted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      So true.

  8. tlcs profile image64
    tlcsposted 9 years ago

    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.

  9. ESPeck1919 profile image88
    ESPeck1919posted 9 years ago

    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.

    1. tirelesstraveler profile image61
      tirelesstravelerposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think I shall get dress up to write on Monday.  Great comment.

  10. lilmissmontana profile image80
    lilmissmontanaposted 9 years ago

    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.

  11. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Being well dressed & groomed merely opens the doors.  One must possess the prerequisite educational & skill qualifications to be successful.  One also have to be familiar with the corporate culture to be highly successful.


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