Clothing and Personal Worth

Clothing and Personal Worth

Clothing and Personal Worth

            Cultural and societal norms often dictate people to assess and gauge a person’s worth through what’s visible to the human eyes (Hoyt). But what often escapes many is that a person’s outside appearance or clothing does not define his totality as a human being. In this regard, I do not believe that “clothes make the man or woman.” A well-dressed person does not necessarily mean a good person, while a badly dressed individual does not always imply a person with no values or a person who is up to no good. It is always possible that behind the beautiful clothes is a horrible person or a serial killer. Likewise, in a man dressed in poor clothing lies a heart that is pure and humane.

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            In establishing personal relationships, people with the same personalities, likes and dislikes can often be found together. Their affinity and appreciation for each other stem not from how they dress but on mutual respect and enjoying doing the same things. When a person decides on whom to befriend because of personal appearance, that friendship is often superficial and won’t endure. The closeness is not defined by an emotional bond but by keeping up with the demands of fashion. In some instances, people who do not dress well often shied away from those who do believing that they are somehow different, perhaps snooty and choosy. While this can be true in some cases, there are many good dressers who can also be great friends. It is just a matter of finding a common ground and forgetting about biases.

            Often, people are conned because of deceptive appearances. For instance, a social

climber would spend a lot on dresses because the people he or she likes to be among with are people with means. Without the expensive clothes, there is a possibility that he or she would be rejected by these people. The clothes and the polite manners could also be used as a ruse to find a rich woman  or man to marry.

            The job selection process often involves power dressing and looking good. At an initial assessment, this could be seen as another superficiality of the job market. However, dressing for a job interview is not a means for companies to determine the personal worth of a person.  Instead, those applicants who take the effort to dress well are seen as people who value the interview process and the person who’s conducting it. The personal worth of a candidate can’t be determined just by looking at his clothes.  The clothes are just the first step in attracting a prospective employer’s attention. Employers dress properly when conducting interviews as a sign of respect for the candidates. The applicants are expected to reciprocate that gesture. The job applicants personal worth can be tested through the interview and the testing of skills. And even at this stage, the true worth of a person is not yet determined, only his potential.

            Clothing does not define a person’s worth. While it gives an indication or a hint of the individual’s personality, it is not the lone basis to pass judgment on another. Some people are naturally picky and would like to present a flawless appearance. Clothes are good for keeping appearances and projecting a certain image. But behind the clothes lies a person who has his own secrets and real motivations. People should probe and listen with the heart. A person can truly appreciate another and know his worth if uses he his heart instead of his eyes. Often, the essential things are hidden behind what a person chooses to show the world.

Work Cited

Hoyt, Gabrielle Bradeen. “Clothes Make the Man (Or Woman, or Elf…).” 2003. FMWriters. 3

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