“The Clothes (May) Make the (Wo)man.”


The Clothes (May) Make the (Wo)man

How important are clothes to you? Describe your style, if you have one, and tell us how appearance impacts how you feel about yourself.

I am not a fashion aficionado…. Nor do I even claim to have even a little bit of fashion common sense. My abilities to create fashion begin and end at color associations from a color wheel that I gained the skills to use in fourth grade grammar school.  Even with the scholarly use of the color wheel, my choices of fashion attire leaves much to be desired, I am sure.

I decided to see what others have to say about the world of fashion… just to see what I might agree with as a mantra for me.

“I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.
—Bette Midler

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” —Marilyn Monroe

I don’t know if wearing a particular brand or style of shoes will offer me the abilities to conquer to world… But I do love tennis shoes. I have never found a good dress shoe that I was comfortable wearing. (The truth is… I LOVE GOING BAREFOOT, but that is strongly frowned upon in the workplace!) I wonder if there is a world that bare feet can conquer.

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”
—Miuccia Prada

In today’s world, people instantly make judgements. What a person sees on the outer shell of a person is sometimes the only chance one has to make a first impression. So, I guess I agree that “Fashion is an instant language.”

“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” —Ralph Lauren

“A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”  —Sophia Lorenkham

I do not know if dressing the appropriate (politically accepted) way will open more doors for a person in their future endeavors, but I firmly believe that dressing inappropriately for a given place or cause will slam doors in this same person’s face. Every employer is probably looking for that new blood to enliven their workplace to take them to the outer realms of glory… capable to be fearless and think outside of the box. But no employer is looking for the incongruous, tasteless rebel who is only looking to make a personal statement. So, I think, while your clothes are an extension of your person, they are also an extension of your workplace.

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” —Alexander Wang

This is the scary one! How I dress on my days off? Barefoot… Cut offs… T-shirts… Let’s not talk about shaving or showering… (But I digress… also… I might be thinking of a roommate form college more than me?)

If someone had to profile me from my fashion statement making at home:

  • A quick morning shower and shave
  • Bare-foot or sock-feet
  • Baggy shorts and a sports t-shirt
  • The t-shirt would be related to the sport’s season currently in season!

Profiler’s Conclusion: A slightly over-weight wanta-be- jock who misses the glory days of athletic prowess so he now immerses himself into a televised version of the possibilities of past athletic successes. (Ouch!)

The only fashion philanthropist that I particularly liked was this one:

“Attitude is everything.” —Diane von Furstenberg

This one… I can agree with!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Clothes (May) Make the (Wo)man.”

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