Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Making Appearances


Some have said that appearances don’t really matter, yet experience indicates something entirely different. For instance, what is the very first thing one generally notices when meeting someone else? Their appearance! Yes, skin color, facial features, condition of teeth, eye color, hair, clothing and even personal mannerisms.

Time and time again people draw firm conclusions based on the outer appearance of someone else. Of course these conclusions and or assumptions have a considerable probability of being inaccurate; nonetheless those conclusions can be extremely difficult to dismiss.
How often have we heard the expression, “First impressions are lasting impressions?” The way that we dress, look, and manner in which we conduct ourselves does matter.
I personally notice a considerable difference in how I am treated when I enter high end retail stores based on my dress being dressy versus casual. When I am casually dressed, and perhaps my hair doesn’t look freshly styled, I notice that sales people are more likely not to approach me to ask if I need any assistance.
In sharp contrast, when my attire is dressy and or upscale, I find myself inundated with sales people from multiple departments asking how they may help me. Point taken? 
Despite awareness of the fact that appearances do carry a considerable amount of weight, I dress according to my own personal preferences. I love to dress up most days, because it makes me feel good, and seems to align with who I am as a woman. However, there are times when I’m tired and or not quite in the mood to do the norm. On those days I throw on whatever takes the least amount of effort (example here), and I set about my day.
Over to you: Do appearances matter to you? Have you observed any noticeable differences in how you are treated based on your attire?

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunnies:LEITH| Vest: Coldwater Creek| Tank: Nordstrom| Jeans: NYDJ (worn here, here, and here)| Sandals: Giani Bernini (worn here)|Clutch: Vintage

6 comments:

  1. LOVE the vest! Great OOTD addition.

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thanks Whit!! I didn't think that I'd like the long vest look on me, but I am hooked!

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  2. I noticed this everytime I step into high end retail and I do hate "Can I help you", while following me around. You look cute and comfy in this outfit and I love it all. . .

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    1. I hate it too Neti! It's like, 'I'll let you know if I want/need your help'! Thanks Love!!

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  3. I do notice that the way my hair is styled definitely makes a difference. If I wear my "fro" verses wearing it "straight" I don't get the same treatment. I typically dress the same everyday but my hair changes often, it's very annoying but I'm teaching my 8 year old daughter to always look her best before leaving the house because it really does matter regardless of what people say.

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree!! What people perceive about the way you look really does have an impact.

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