What one wears matters
It’s been said that one shouldn’t judge another by that person’s clothing. But how is one to judge another person? Is a person able to choose and dress himself/herself well? This is something everyone does every day. Everything in one’s closet has been a choice. Isn’t this a way to determine something about a person?
When we dress we tell people who we are. As we encounter people we, almost on a subconscious level, evaluate them by what they wear.
At present twenty Democratic candidates are running against Trump, the sitting president and the Republican candidate. Let’s think about their clothing, especially that of the women candidates. Let’s think about how it might affect our judgment in the voting booth.
These are men and women who are hoping to be elected president of the United States. This is a position considered by many to be the most powerful executive position in the world.
If one wants to be elected president, one needs to look presidential
Here are some statements from Chapter 13, The Uniform – what to Wear as an Active Game Player in Betty Lehan Harragan book, Games Mother Never Taught You:
Business executives-the proprietors of the corporate hierarchies-are the most clothes-conscious of all. They are the acknowledged arbiters of men’s fashion and they accept that responsibility with utmost seriousness.
Men are “much more” attentive to their clothes than any woman…. …male business garb is nothing more than a standardized uniform. It is no more changeable as a matter of individual choice than the daily uniform of military personnel or the team garb of baseball, basketball, or football players. …male boss’s and colleagues’ everyday work garments are loaded with symbolic and psychological import.
…Low echelon or unambitious men are apt to be those who take a sax attitude toward their clothes symbols… …Executives, however, and perceptive junior executives will be noticeable for their neat, uniform look.
…the entire male sex wears the identical basic business outfit…[it takes] exquisite care …to turn these stark modules into meaningful code symbols that spell out class, rank team, and star status.
Note that this is the case with ALL the male candidates, ESPECIALLY Trump
Ms. Harrigan continues: …women who intend to move forward into the executive levels of business must be able to read the heraldic seals of business knights and understand the role of clothing in the socioeconomic game. Fortunately for aspiring women, these secrets have recently been made public by john Molloy in a revealing book, “Dress for Success”
Ms. Harrigan advises career women:
Wear a jacketed costume. If wearing a skirt, if ..it distracts…it is not acceptable as a work uniform. Wear shoes you can walk in, never wear a man’s tie, dump the handbag – servants carry baggage, pay attention to fit and coordination of the parts. buy clothes with pockets. Don’t wear anything that jingles, wiggles, clanks, or glitters. Wear the same, good jewelry – stick with the same expensive favorites and wear them repeatedly. Money is the scorecord – jewelry acts as a symbol of success – expensive and real. Executive insignia is silent, understated and unobtrusive – never sexy. Save perfume for after hours.
A comparison of Hillary Clinton and Trump’s attire
In these pictures, taken during the 2016 campaign, Trump wears USA colors. Clinton’s attire, while executive, is neither her color palette, nor that of the USA. Her coloring is light, that of the spring palette. She looks so much better in beige than she does in black and white.
Did Senator Clinton’s dress help her loose the election? There were other factors as well, but pant suits had been long out of fashion when she was campaigning. Out of date, comfortable clothing fit for lounging did not give a presidential impression.
With all the money that is spent on a presidential campaign, surely there should be enough to hire a fashion expert to make sure a candidate looks her best.
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