You Are What You Wear

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Many people believe that you can tell a lot about a person by observing what they wear. Is this true? A man in a nice pressed three-piece suit, carrying an expensive briefcase is obviously a businessman, right? A woman wearing a long ruffled colorful dress, with many jewelry pieces around her neck and wrists and colorful beads braided onto her hair must be a hippy or a gypsy, right? It is easy to label people based on how they dressed, sometimes too easy.

Let’s face it; the first thing you do to a person is look at them. Before a single word is exchanged, most first impressions are already informed. What is their opinion based on; how you look, of course, obviously, right? Your appearance gives people clues about your personality, and it doesn’t matter who you are. Whether if it’s your tattoos, shoes, jewelry, even the way you do your hair can also tell another person a little bit about you. When I first met my best friend, Emma a few years ago, I had a bad first impression of her. She wore baggy pants, dragging down below her hips. Her hair was very frizzy, like she had never combed or brushed it like forever. She didn’t have any makeup on till just a couple of months ago. She always had spiked up jewelry around her neck and wrists. My first impression of her was that she was in some kind of a gang and most likely carried a concealed weapon; that she had obviously shot someone in her lifetime. Of course, by the time I got to know her better, she was none of those things I had perceived her to be. Not all assumptions are true when it comes to really observing a person by what they wear.

For most part, people are usually drawn together based on common interests. Strange as it may seem, you will usually find that certain groups of friends tend to dress alike. I can totally agree on this because the group of friends I hang out with lately, I have noticed that we do share the same style of clothing, shoes, handbags and taste in music. Though sometimes,...
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