What Your Clothes Say About You

11/05/2012

I recently watched an episode of Suits (the first one of the second season I think) wherein Jessica asked Harvey to fire Mike. The day Jessica asked Harvey to fire Mike, Harvey came into the office and Donna sized him up on how he was feeling and accurately what was going on, based on his clothing. Actually, I think Donna does that a lot--picking up on non-verbal clues. She's really perceptive that way. 

I also read a book by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble) wherein the protagonist (Lizzie) sizes up the handsome man (Luke) she meets on the train based on his clothing. I know they are both fictional incidents but that really got me interested. Actually, deciphering who people are based on what they wear is something I'm curious about and want to learn. 


So, I Googled it and found this article by forbes.com. Try reading it. This is what it said about some of the typical clothing people wear:

If you …You might …Consider:
Keep every piece of clothing you’ve ever ownedBe clinging to the past through the sentimental value of your piecesAdopting the Golden Wardrobe Ratio: Get rid of 2 out of 3 items you own, including anything too big/small, ripped/torn or outdated.
Wear only neutrals, largely devoid of accessoriesBe stuck in a psychological rut, too comfortable to shake it up, or too afraid to draw attention to yourself.Deviating from your routine in small ways (a different route to work, a few new spring accessories–like these inexpensive ways to incorporate trendy polka dots–to jog your brain into feeling excited
Dress in clothing too large for your bodySee your body differently than others see it, or as a reflection of the way it once was.Bringing an honest friend shopping to find out what looks great on you, ignoring sizes and getting used to wearing clothes that really fit.
Have been told you’re dressed inappropriately or too sexilyConsider the same outfit appropriate for every occasion (i.e. clubbing and family barbecue), or be looking for the wrong kind of attention.Consider the image you want to project in given situations (at work, on the town) and choose outfits based on cues from those around you
Dress too young (or too old) for your ageBe trying to express the age you feel you are, but getting caught between your actual and internal ageGearing your outfits toward your goals (like getting a promotion, meeting a significant other, traveling the world), rather than a specific age.
Are always in work clothesValue yourself primarily through your work and work-related accomplishmentsRecognizing your talents outside of work (great artist, compassionate, fun to bring to parties, etc.)
Covered in designer logosThink you need to broadcast wealth in order to be treated well by othersPractice wearing “blank canvas” pieces and only accenting with logos to emphasize that people value you for more than your labels
Live in your “mom outfit” of jeans and a hoodiePut the needs of your family before your ownTake more “me time.” Remember: When mom isn’t happy, nobody is.


I highlighted the one that pertains to me. In a nutshell, I think that's pretty accurate. I'm so ambitious but at the same time so conservative that I find it hard to change my ways. Why do you think I'm not too adventurous at my clothing choices? Anyway, here's a personality test based on what clothes you wear that's pretty accurate. Don't forget to comment back here if it's accurate!

Who says clothing is frivolous? It can be intellectual too! HAHA
And tell me, what do you think about reading people through their clothing choices?


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