Impact of Clothing
Ever wondered about the huge impact of clothes on our lives? A person dressed smartly is taken as a better employee than his co-worker, a child dressed shabbily is often perceived as the culprit of any mischief in school and a lady dressed in a rich sari is taken to be from a wealthier background than a comparatively soberly dressed women.
When we dress well and smartly, we ourselves feel more confident and happy. Dressing up in rich clothes somehow automatically uplifts our spirits. And getting compliments for our dressing drives us happiness that’s priceless. On the other hand, we’re very conscious when not dressed well. We lack the confidence when dressed poorly, or sometimes, even normally. It’s something like, “If you look good, you feel good. If you look bad, you feel bad.”
Dressing smartly is not only about wearing good clothes, it also involves wearing the right kind of clothes at the right time. For example, wearing an ethnic outfit to a western gig is highly inappropriate. Similarly, walking in a wedding in a tank top and a cool shorts is absurd and frowned upon.
Now, let’s move our attention to a problem-Judging people on the basis of their style of clothing. Like judging girls on the basis of length of their clothing; girls with short clothes are perceived as CHEAP, CHARACTER-LESS, and APPROACHABLE; girls with long clothes are GEEKY and CULTURED. Boys with jerseys of their favorite team are FREE-SPIRITED and SPORTY; boys with ethnic outfits are DULL.
Looks are deceptive
Such stereotypes really don’t make sense. How a person dresses is their personal choice and judging them on the basis of this is insane. A girl in short clothes might be a bold and a comfort-loving person. Her intention can never be to attract attention though people with cheap mindsets may think otherwise. A lady with “proper” clothing might be cunning and wild. Her look might just be to create a good mental image after all LOOKS ARE DECEPTIVE.
Clothes also create some social and economic barriers. Like, on seeing a person with a turban or a person with hijab, we immediately think about their following religion and hence, make certain assumptions based on it. Or in a crowd, if a well-dressed person hits accidentally, an apology suffices. But the same incident, if happens with a person in rags, he or she is abused or assaulted. And these are just some basic differences, the others are more complex and hurtful.
Yesterday when I went to the market, a young woman approached me for alms, with her little son smiling in her arms. Ordinarily, I would just smile back at a smiley child, play with him or make faces to make him laugh, but this was different.
I reallyfelt awkward about doing the same for this baby. I thought people might judge me for doing so, as I was dressed in formals and him in rags.
Ever wondered, how are these differences created? As children, we never personally feel any variation between a person in rags or silk. Somewhere, as we grow up, we grow judgmental. Society grooms our brain in a manner that we judge people on the basis of their appearance and clothes, and not their work and thoughts.