I know this will make me sound shallow, but it needs to be said.
Appearance plays a major role in how society perceives people.
That’s not to say other things, such as personality, kindness and skill set, aren’t important, but one of the major factors in how a person is perceived is how they look and dress.
How you dress can very easily define you. It is one of the quickest ways to tell people something they need to know about you, without you even having to speak.
I’ve heard from countless numbers of friends when they’ve been on job interviews or worked with other students in a professional sense that students do not know how to dress appropriately.
It is most important, especially in a professional environment, to put a little extra effort into your appearance. By giving your yoga pants a break, it shows you care. It shows you understand that the situation calls for you to be responsible.
It’s important to remember that caring how you dress does not make you shallow. In fact, I think it shows you value yourself enough to want to present a positive image to the world. It shows not only do you care about your appearance, but you care about what it says about you.
There is, however, a line between remembering to wash your hair and put on a clean, presentable shirt every morning and not being able to resist checking yourself out in every mirror that you walk past.
Appearance isn’t everything.
There are many other aspects of people that make up who they are and how they’re perceived in the world, but appearance is definitely a major one.
Guys, take off those sweatpants and put on a nice pair of jeans for that date. Girls, please, do not wear your flip-flops to that job interview. It’s important to remember that looking great takes time and effort, but there’s a big payoff in the end.