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Can you judge who people are by the clothes they wear?

post #1 of 26
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My old roommate and I used to toss this question around a lot. Actually, had some rather indepth discussions about it.

What do you all think? Can you judge who a person is by the clothes they wear?
post #2 of 26
Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years.

Judge him please.
post #3 of 26
I would say sometimes, but not always.

If you see a guy wearing a bunch of crazy punk type clothes such as a cut up skirt, leggings, a black studded collar, and combat boots and if the guy has a mohawk and makeup on to boot, you can get a sense of what kind of person they are - not down to the T but pretty close.

Whereas if a person is just wearing a suit, it doesn't mean they are an 'executive' type person. They could just be out on a job interview or coming back from a funeral... <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

Or if I see an elderly woman walking down fifth ave with a fur coat to her knees, dark glasses and a bunch of pearls I can get a sense of what kind of person she is. That's not to say I can judge her, or know exactly what her traits are, but I could get a sense of how she likes to project herself.

Anyways, there are a lot of different people out there and you can't judge everyone buy their clothes.

I know I personally have a lot of different types of clothes and would hate to think I was being judged by my outer garments. So, I don't like judging people by what they wear.

But if someone wears Tommy Hilfiger and Abercrombie and Fitch (or whatever is trendy at the moment) I think it does say something.

Artistic people usually exude a different sense of style than, say, a wall st. trader. You can usually tell the two apart.
post #4 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Nostradamus:
<strong>Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years.

Judge him please.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I thought I read that he had 6 of those. They were all the same. Somenone correct me if I'm wrong.
post #5 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Nostradamus:

<strong>Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years..</strong><hr></blockquote>

My grandpa had one of these that he only wore when he brought my mother to the doctor's office. (Even when she was a child she had a lot of health problems.) It was a subtle non-verbal way of getting the doctor to go easy on him with the bills. He never earned much but when it came to money my grandpa could be pretty clever.
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post #6 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Nostradamus:
<strong>Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years.

Judge him please.</strong><hr></blockquote>

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post #7 of 26
This was my nephew Ben.



This is prom night. He would have rather have worn his studded "Fa-Q" lether jacket...

He liked looking different and at first most of the other high school kids hated him. Until they got to talk to him. They realized that he was as "normal" as you can get for a teenager.

He was killed by a hit and run drunk driver. Over 600 students and friends from South Street, Philadelphia (his favorite hang out) turned out for his memorial...

I don't judge anyone by their clothes unless it might be those idiots that still have pastel sweaters wrapped around their necks.

I don't judge people from their fashion sense or skin color...just by their words and actions. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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post #8 of 26
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[quote]I don't judge people from their fashion sense or skin color<hr></blockquote>

ahh, but clothes and skin color are completely different. last i checked, you couldn't pick your skin color.

as long as you have money, you can pick your clothes.
post #9 of 26
I really hate people who wear Windows shirts

I mean, Mac shirts are cool

but, the windows one arnet

Also, I hate anything that is "pre-ruined" it is a waste of money. Just roll around in the mud if you want that look
post #10 of 26
What about nudists?
post #11 of 26
You can't judge a person by their clothes, but in a lot of cases you can judge what a person wants you to think about them that way.

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post #13 of 26
Nostradamus is misinformed, Scott H. has it right.

I watched a FYI on Einstien just the other day...

[quote]posted by Nostradamus
<strong>
"Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years."</strong><hr></blockquote>

Correction...

"Einstien wore several pairs of the same type of suit everyday for ten years."

Einstien noted he did this to simplify his life...

I too have this penchant...

You know what they say, "birds of a feather... .. ."

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post #14 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
<strong>

I don't judge anyone by their clothes unless it might be those idiots that still have pastel sweaters wrapped around their necks.

I don't judge people from their fashion sense or skin color...just by their words and actions. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

i completely agree w/ artman. judging someone by the clothes they wear is a very shallow and judgemental attachment to stereotypes. sometimes, they fit it perfect, yes. but most of the time, the people under the clothes are as "normal" as anyone. just cause they choose to "look" different doesnt mean that they actually are different. personally, i dont give a shit what i look like, and put on anything i find on the floor in the morning. some gurls can see me as a slob, and to that, i say good riddance. if someone is so shallow, i dont wanna be associated w/ her. i guess its a good way of filtering out the superficial from the real people.
if someone can see through my insignificant choice of clothing and see me fer who i am, then that is a person who i wouldnt mind calling a friend. clothing is probably the most insignificant aspect of me as a person...
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post #15 of 26
ou cant judge the PERSON but you can judge the persona. You can judge the image that they want, and who they want to be, but you cant judge who they are "inside" the mask.

Of course who they are "inside" the mask is meaningless if they're a complete and total asshole on the outside
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post #16 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Nostradamus:
<strong>Einstien wore the same damn threadbare suit everyday for ten years.

Judge him please.</strong><hr></blockquote>

When you know who Einstein is , you will just consider that clothes are not important for Einstein who was more concerned by sciences rather than clothes.

Now put the same clothes on a commercial guy, and i think that his carreer will not be fine.

Clothes are an element of judgement, but you have to know others clues in order to make a conclusion.
The facts you wear the same clothes, will lead to different answers depanding on what you are.
post #17 of 26
[quote]I don't judge anyone by their clothes unless it might be those idiots that still have pastel sweaters wrapped around their necks. <hr></blockquote>

I'm not a big fan of pastels, but I dress like an old-money jerk. (think the dickhead frat from animal House) Of course, I don't wear 70's attire, but you get the idea. I've been generally trying to mold my wardrobe into a personal thing, but unless you do it gradually it's expensive as hell, so I'm gradually moving it towards what I want it to be, which incidentally is still pretty preppie.

So basically I'm the best dressed (and of course best looking) geek at Princeton.

As for the punk thing, I'd say that punks are generally very uniform. None of the punks I've known are trouble-makers or anything seriously depraved. In my eyes punks are just a subset or standardized, popular america: They're conformists, cliquish, and generally normal people, albeit a bit skewed in one way or another.

So my answer is that one cannot absolutely judge people by their clothes, but since clothes are an extension of a person's preferences, it's fairly easy to form accurate hypotheses about character based on appearance.
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post #18 of 26
amen, splinemodel. i couldn't have said it better myself.

Came out of prep school with a closet full of pink, yellow, blue, green, rainbow of shirts, and khakis.

Now, frankly, I don't have the $$ myself to buy a whole new 'toned-down' and 'urban' wardrobe as to fit in better @ georgetown, where it's cool to be 'vintage' and 'retro'...

it's kind of funny, i'm the only preppy who listens to techno... people kinda look at me funny...

It's gotten to the point where it's a joke among all my friends... on halloween, i didn't have a costume as such, so the girls that live around me took it upon themselves to transform me into 'naughty prep' - they made me put on a pink shirt, light blue pants, white sweater around the neck, sunglasses (at night), cigar, and big red smoochmark on my cheek. Oh, and boat shoes. Boat shoes.

It was alright, though, cuz one of 'em was dressed like miss preppy herself, white shirt and pink skirt and pearls, and then another was dressed all in black like miss naughty... they were both my dates for the evening. heheheh.

[ 03-09-2002: Message edited by: Jonathan ]</p>
post #19 of 26
Well I dunno about 'absolutely not being able to judge anyone based on their clothes.' Clothes plus context can be a little enlightening.

In high-school I would wear beer company t-shirts to after-school meetings of Students Against Drunk Driving. You could guess that I was an asshole, and to this one girl who was the head of the thing, I generally was. But then again I spent time helping out so how bad could I be?

Yet certain circles seem to have their uniforms, especially academe, where you can spot cleary defined socialist, activist, feminist, lesbian, and homosexual uniforms. Add stoners and jocks, for those with less political delusion, and we mustn't forget Barbies either. Maybe you can't get at their personality but you can get a lot of hints.

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OMG! Jonathan, do you remember when I said that I knew a Jonathan once (of which you remind me) ? He wore a completely preppy outfit too. Like I said, there are clues.

[ 03-09-2002: Message edited by: Matsu ]</p>
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post #20 of 26
well, matsu... have you ever lived in washington/baltimore?
post #21 of 26
Nope. But I could see how the outfit seems to fit the person in both cases.
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post #22 of 26
[quote]Can you judge who people are by the clothes they wear?<hr></blockquote>

Of course you can, but the real question is a) should you and b) can you judge them accurately?

Prolly not.
post #23 of 26
[quote]Originally posted by Matsu:
<strong>In high-school I would wear beer company t-shirts to after-school meetings of Students Against Drunk Driving.</strong><hr></blockquote>
<img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
I'd like to hear more of the young Matsu's antics.
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Was watching "Behind the Music: ANTHRAX" and they mentioned that they were afraid that after 9|11 they might have to change their name...they were at Ground Zero and two NYC policemen came up to them and said, "Don't change your name! Don't let them win!" <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />
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post #25 of 26
I think as a general rule people who wear head-to-toe black like to be thought of as "arty".
post #26 of 26
What would you call someone that wears Structure cargo pants, and an Abercrombie button up shirt under a navy blue ribbed sweater with the collar out? Prep? Idiot? Cool?
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