My mother says jt is important to wear matching clothes. I understand that hot pink and neon yellow don’t go well together, but why do we need to match our clothes? Why is it important? Why should I care? I just wore a green shirt with blue shorts. That’s it. It’s not the end of the world. Why?
Raakhee Venugopal’s answer
I would like to echo what many of the other answers state. Your mother probably wants her child to be ‘accepted’ without judgement. Not everyone you come across or are required to interact with would have known you from your childhood to know what you are as a person. Your character, your IQ levels, your ideologies…everything is unknown to them.
It is only human nature to subconsciously ‘accept’ someone or something that is appealing to the senses – sight, sound, touch, smell and taste – even if we know nothing more about it.
Humans (at least a majority, I reckon) typically have set stereotypes in their subconscious minds about how a ‘respectable individual’ should look like. Now this may vary. Some people set very high standards – branded outfits, smelling like you just fell into a tub of Chanel No.5, well-manicured nails, etc. While many others expect somebody who has their hair neatly done, well-dressed, well-mannered, and all that. I believe that at first sight, most people are automatically inclined to take well-dressed people more seriously than others.
Let’s take a look at this undercover operation
done by a New York Post reporter. As a part of the operation, he was required to sport the look of a homeless man. Here’s a picture of his before and after…
It’s the same guy. Forget about the homeless part, forget about the operation part. Think of this man as a random stranger. At the first meeting, who would you find more at ease talking to on equal terms? I know I’d be wary talking to a guy who looks like a homeless beggar.
So looks do go a long way. As they say, first impression is the best impression. A person’s very first impression of you is governed to a large extent by how you present yourself.
Parents know what their children are…how special they are…and they would not like the world to judge their children based on what they wear. So they think it’s very important to appear well-dressed at all times so that the world is prepared to accept their children without a skeptical frown.
Look at these kids…they are dressed in very fashionable clothes and yet appear to be very well-dressed.
Wearing matching clothes only adds an extra spoon of attractiveness to your personality 🙂 There isn’t anything wrong in it. And remember, mom knows what’s best for you and she’s always right! *wink*wink*