Do clothes make the man?
I am a business owner and so I am dressed up a lot. I however would dress in a suit most of the time for no other reason then I like to be dressed up! But does that make me a certain type of person? Does it mean that I am stuffy, starchy or stiff?
I do think clothes make a statement about who you are and what you’re about but I don't think that’s all there is to it. There are people that believe that if you wear a hoodie and some sagging jeans then you’re a gangster and a thug. However in the 20's it was common for gangsters to wear suits and look very crisp and clean but still carry guns and rob you and your family blind and sometimes worse...
On the other end you have people like Russell Simmons and Mark Zuckerburge who can be seen a lot adorning hoodies sneakers and T-shirts. These are very well to do young men who seem to help the community more than hurt it. But because they wear these clothes do you think people wonder if they are thugs? I think this is just the style that they prefer.
What does this mean? It means you can't judge a book by its cover. Suits don't make me any more stuffy or snobby then wearing parachute pants back in the day made me MC Hammer... Are there appropriate places to wear certain things? I think so. I have very comfy pajama pants and an old t-shirt that I sleep in, but that outfit doesn't do well in an interview. However I may get a soft smile from my wife. In the same respect my $600 suit doesn't do well on the volleyball court either. Sometimes on a regular day that I’m hanging out at my house I lay back in a hooded sweatshirt and jeans and relax. And even if I happen to go to the store dressed like that to get snacks it doesn't change who I am.
So my thought is we need to start talking to each other again. We need to start seeing each other for the people that we are. We need to start doing more to help each other out. Actions speak louder than words. They also speak louder than clothing.