I hate buying clothes, I detest throwing them away if they are not worn out (and even then...). The consequence is that people, especially my wife, think I look like a decent tramp.
The importance of how to dress has always baffled me. I can sit opposite someone and when I come home I cannot tell my wife what the other person was wearing. I can tell her what the colour of his or her eyes were, or if the mouth was attractive or not.
Why are clothes important then? According to others it makes people nice to look at. ‘Clothes make a man’. And it is true. I have been in the consultancy arena for a long time. I experienced that if I did a presentation in jeans and T-shirt people hardly cared or believed what I said. The same story in a suit with tie: like honey to the bees. Funny, right?!
So, most of my working days I dressed like the rest. Fortunately one time one of my colleagues said: ‘A monkey wearing a suit, is still a monkey”. That was a soothing remark, but only heard once in my lifetime.
Is it the suit that makes the difference? No, it depends on what others determine that you’re ‘one of them’. The suit was just a personal example to stress the apparent importance of clothes.
But part of the CSPE is: where does this come from? It is hard to explain it from an evolutionary perspective, because then it would be more likely to undress to our natural self to discern from each other by our hairy chest of whatever inique bodily features.
Or have we become animals-with-a-need-for-something-extra? As we (think we) have no specific features to stress, we apparently need external auxiliaries. Flowery feathers like birds. Puffed up shoulders like gorillas.
Even then, why? To court potential partners, to display? Could be. It is absolutely politically not-done (although I cannot see why we should deny this, but that is another CSPE question), but my guess is that dressing up still has a sexual fundament. Okay, I can almost hear a lot of women scream ‘you dirty pig’, but I can assure everyone I’m the last one to say that dressing smart is an invitation to release the beast towards another person.
The above reasoning could conclude to the observation that I have no sexual drive! Hmmm..., that’s definitely not the case.
So, my CSPE question is: why is dressing up really (!) important?