Clothing doesn’t speak for you

Leah Feneley

“Clothing is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

But if the clothing you wear has nothing to do with your personality, does your fashion really replace your eyes as the window to your soul?

Yes, clothing is a form of self-expression, but it can also be misleading.

I do not think that the “basic-white-girl” UGG Boots or the pastel hair dye you wear has anything to do with who you are as a person.

I love when a person’s appearance does not mimic their reality.

If you wear midnight black lipstick, ripped jeans and have an array of art upon your body, I do not presume that you are intimidating and should be feared.

Black is not threatening. Black is poetic, and you can listen to Taylor Swift’s music while you wear it, without any judgement from me.

Those who enjoy makeup should not be seen as inferior: mascara does not glue their eyes so shut that they cannot read the words of authors or solve math problems.

The presence of a beautiful appearance does not mean the absence of intelligence in any person.

If you wear cowboy boots, you should not be judged because people assume your primary music choice is country. I wear cowboy boots, and I have never square danced in my life. Some fashion pieces are just residuals from different past relationships.

Human beings are not born with clothing and accessories to dictate our personalities from birth, so why should we view fashion as an important aspect of someone’s existence?

As college students, we are chameleons. We inhabit many different forms.

We are all just trying to figure out where we belong in this world, and we will go through many different fashion phases until we reach our final destination.

But that does not mean that we should be judged or judge others based on the fashion phases we live through.

A person’s character and true intentions cannot be determined based on their clothing.

Just because someone is the most stylish of their friends, does not mean her passive aggressive attitude should be excused or tolerated.

Just because they wear something that some might view as revealing, does not mean they do not deserve respect.

Just because someone owns clothing from the most famous brands, does not make them better nor more successful than you.

Clothes are not going to change the world; the people who wear them will.