Always Dress to Impress

As a wise person once said, “Wearing sweatpants is a sign of giving up.”

Okay actually nobody ever said that, except for probably me, but it still works right? We’re constantly being told that it’s what is on the inside that counts, but I’m going to be the honest, seemingly superficial person to say no it’s actually both the inside and outside. It’s not entirely superficial to think that dressing to impress is crucial, because first impressions are important. Your mother never tells you to wear your pajamas to an interview, does she? She says to dress well because people still judge based on looks and that will never change. Fortunate for some, interviewers will favor those who look the part – whether it be fashion casual for a fashion internship or a conservative suit for a law or finance job. I’m not saying that we should only ever judge based on looks, because that is the opposite of my point. I’m trying to suggest the idea that fashion is meant to express oneself and show the inside on the outside. So why not take advantage of that?

About one month ago I had an interview with a fashion PR company. After getting the interview I was extremely excited, but then was quickly overcome with nerves as I realized I would have to dress the part. I kept thinking I would have to dress as if I were to be featured in the Devil Wears Prada, rocking clothes and shoes that I only dreamed of owning one day. While I settled for a pretty plain yet edgy ensemble (trying to slightly reflect how awesome my personality is), I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Would I be facing the next Anna Wintour in a trendy outfit that would make mine look like I didn’t own a mirror? Luckily my interviewer was much nicer than I tend to think Anna Wintour is, but she was definitely a lover of fashion.

I was asked what I liked about fashion and although I never thought specifically about the question before, I already knew the answer. Fashion lets one express their personality and especially living in New York City, the sky is the limit. Nothing in this city is too crazy with fashion, I always say that there will always be someone wearing something weirder. Of course what one person finds crazy is different from another; I would probably never be caught wearing anything of pattern or bright color (other than accessories) but many people find that their trademark. I think that it is mostly important to never be afraid to express oneself, because fashion was made for that. Always dress to impress. We don’t want to judge a book by its cover but we tend to. We also might say that we don’t care what others think about our outfits, but let’s be honest we do. Yes, I wear all black during the summer because I don’t care if others think I hate summer (which I do), but I also wear all black because people tend to think that looks chic, edgy, and very ‘New York’.

As superficial as I may come off, I am only writing what we’ve all known for a long time: that what’s inside matters but the outside does too. No, I’m not saying that everyone should conform to the trends set out by Vogue magazine or spend more money than they earn in order to look like a fashion model or Kardashian clan member. Instead, I’m saying that everyone should dress in a way that best allows themselves to express their personality. And never wear sweatpants in public.

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