I encountered this question, from my wife, for the third time today on our way to see a medical practitioner. My first two encounters when people posed this question was a few months ago on another visit to a medical practitioner. First my wife’s sister thought I’d been to a job interview and then, incredulously, the doctor himself, wondered why I was so dressed up. Now, I don’t want to get sucked into a vortex of an interminable argument because, on the surface, dressing up is superficial and subjective. Therefore people can invariably argue for and against the topic everyday, all day.
My response to this question is a question in itself, “why not get dressed up?” As superficial and subjective dressing up can be, there is no doubt that it has a purpose in today’s society. People’s perception is important in this process because it has a direct effect on how you perceive yourself. And how you perceive yourself has a direct relation on how you interact with other people. I try my best to dress well whenever I go out in public, even if I’m just going to my local mall. It fuels my confidence and energy levels. I am most proud of people who dress well and, in the face of multitudinous stares, proceed to eschew any vainglorious display of their attire. In other words, put it on, and forget about it.
I unequivocally challenge anyone that pays scant regard to their appearance and the way they dress, to try dressing up, even if it’s for one day. Either way your appearance will redound.