Waking up to a blaring alarm clock that has been buzzing for at least 20 minutes every morning is hands down the hardest part of my day. Laying in bed for a solid ten extra minutes, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out what to wear to school is a close second. What’s the weather going to be like? Is PHS going to finally have the heater running? Do I want to look cute today? Do I have lab or am I going to have to change for gym? All these elements are important factors for picking out my outfit of the day.
Some people might feel obligated to look presentable every day and others wouldn’t mind showing up to school in their their pajamas. I find that mentality and perceptions of social standards fuel this difference. Some people who choose more put-together outfits might fear that they will be judged at school if they wear sweatpants and a t-shirt. Ultimately, what separates people’s fashion statements is their idea of a socially acceptable appearance, and the image they wish to convey.
I think fear plays a prominent role in fashion today. Your appearance is critical for making a good impression on someone, which is something I often consider. For example, your first impression at an interview is crucial and should exude a sense of professionalism and seriousness. Would I meet a college alumni who could recommend me to the board of admissions in a crop top and jean shorts, or dress pants and a nice blouse? Coaches of many different sports teams implement a dress code for games as well. Would you see a team in an arena full of scouts and college coaches looking disorganized and disheveled, or professional and game-ready? The way we dress has a big impact on those around us and can imply our personality and traits. Our fashion choices — regardless of what they are — will affect others’ impressions of us.