Virginia Wolfe (pictured above) said,
Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than merely to keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us… There is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking.I've been giving this a bit of thought, seeing as how clothing choices for me are based strictly on the whim of the moment. As I don't really have a meaningful public presence that requires people see me dressed in any certain way, I can just wear what I like. I fully believe that our clothes change the world's view of us. The idea that what I wear might affect my view of the world and might mould me into their own stamp is interesting. I'm not sure I believe it, and I don't know how to test it without going out and buying completely different clothes. My philosophy: Comfort first! so I tend to wear a lot of loose tunics over light-weight cotton pants or shorts in the hot weather. In the winter I live in sweat pants. I wonder if I would see the world differently if I dressed in men's-styled suits or dressy dresses and heels. I'll never know, but it's an interesting thought. The world would certainly see me in a different way, that's certain.
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