kwhitegocubs wrote:I'm pretty surprised and saddened that logical, analytical minds conclude that clothes are a valid point to judge someone on. They are made to protect you from the weather and environment and for no other purpose (yes, I would be pro-nudity, even in public). My best friend went to his school's career fair in an "inappropriate" shirt and sweatpants, and I respected him greatly for it, plus he also did well in finding job leads. The only things that should be of ANY pertinence are the quality of someone's skill and intellect when it comes to academia or professional evaluations. I've often thought I'd have a hard time wearing any "formal" clothing to an interview, because it would feel like a cop-out. I don't know if I'd want to work for someone who would reject a prospective applicant out-of-hand simply based on their clothing and not their skills or abilities. C'mon, your tie doesn't do your typing, your sports jacket doesn't do your thinking, and your nice shiny belt doesn't do your speaking.
I'm not sure that giving advice about what to wear is an endorsement of the opinion that judging someone based on their attire is valid. It is the acceptance that other people who are in the position of deciding our fate oftentimes do
make judgments (whether valid or invalid, fair or unfair) and the understanding that there might be certain "rules" we need to follow to be successful. I'm surprised that your logical and analytical mind can't understand this plainly obvious point.
And if clothes are for protection from the weather and environment only, then what's the problem with wearing clothes that will please other people? After all, to you
the clothes don't matter, so why not dress the way potential employers or admissions committee members might like to see you dressed?