Today’s Topic: Why personal appearances should be respected
Like most people, I get up in the morning, put on my clothes, fix my hair, eat breakfast, do whatever else I need to do before work, and then head out for the day. Most of the time this simple process takes me anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours depending on what’s going on at work that day. Since I’ve recently decided to simplify my morning routine and use of makeup, my mornings are mostly spent eating and watching YouTube or Netflix while I browse online forums until it’s time to leave.
For me, my appearance isn’t at the forefront of my mind when getting ready in the morning. If anything, the only part of my body I spend a lot of time making sure looks okay apart from my professional attire is my hair, which can be untamable at times. Yet, many people choose to spend a great deal of time getting ready for the day because they want to present themselves a certain way to the public. The real question I want to address today: is that so wrong?
I’d say no. I used to spend at least an hour every morning applying makeup because I loved the way it made me look. I felt more confident and professional, which made me happy. I’m sure none of my coworkers can even tell the difference between when I’m wearing makeup and when I’m not, but even so it was something I did for many years without fail. Nowadays I can walk into work without any makeup on whatsoever and still feel that confidence. So what changed?
Ultimately I realized that even though my outward appearance made me feel better, the way I look only really affects those around me. I don’t usually have access to a mirror throughout the day, which means I honestly don’t know what my face looks like 99% of the time. I can, however, see what clothes I’m wearing very easily, which is why I still choose professional outfits that can showcase my dedication to dressing the part. If I were to come to work dressed in a T-shirt and shorts, everyone around me would assume by my appearance that I don’t take my job seriously and have dressed in such a way to let them know that.
Our clothes and choice of accessories in addition to how we style our hair and facial features tell the people around us what we’re about. Styles can change daily (or a few times per day even!), and people can decide to be one way one day and another way the next. There are no set rules – unless of course you have a uniform for school or work, but even then your hair might still be free to style your way – for how we have to dress, which is why fashion is even a thing.
The only thing that upsets me about people sporting their styles is the hate that many receive for dressing the way they want to. So what if a little boy wants to wear a pink sweatshirt? So what if a grown woman wants to wear a silly hat? Let people express themselves the way they want to, and if those around them don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. It’s a simple, yet effective solution to the growing problem of judge mental viewers.
Living in Japan has allowed me to view many different people on the streets who dress a certain way for their own reasons. Those who wear bright, colorful outfits may love the feeling of turning heads and standing out, whereas those who dress professionally want to be viewed in a good light. Regardless of why a person dresses the way they do, I think it’s absolutely vital that people try to understand that there’s generally a reason behind how someone wants to be perceived by the public, and that their opinions about their own appearance deserve to be respected.