When you get dressed in the morning, what do you think about?
Do you think about what you’ll be doing? Or where you’ll be going? Or who you’ll be seeing?
I hope you do.
Every day people see each other. Much of the time, they don’t go far beyond that.
I love to watch people. I’ve noticed that I can learn a lot about a person from what they look like.
And that’s a good thing.
Sometimes a person is wearing a uniform.
Maybe it’s a literal uniform, communicating where he works, or where she plays. Maybe it’s simply a style of dress associated with a particular group.
Clothes communicate where we belong.
Sometimes a person is wearing a costume.
Maybe it’s a child, imagining himself to be someone he’s not. Maybe it’s an actress convincing others that she’s someone she’s not.
Clothes communicate who we want to be.
Sometimes a person is wearing a distinct style.
Maybe a girl is wearing a shorter skirt. Maybe a man’s coat is from a different decade.
Clothes communicate when we were born.
Sometimes a person is wearing a hat.
Maybe a hat to shade from the sun. Maybe a hat to provide protection on the job.
Clothes communicate what we do.
So what am I trying to say?
Maybe I should ask, what are you trying to say?
Because whether you realize it or not, clothes communicate.