OPINION: Don't judge people for what they wear

FASHION - it's a fairly objective thing. 

But those pieces of fabric, dyes and patterns also talk to us like a language.

It's a language we've been coded to understand for a long time. 

This all starts with boy babies in blue and girls in pink, and from then on, we move into more and more symbolism. 

Like the fact you'll never see dinosaurs (except perhaps the lady-like Dorothy the Dinosaur) on girls' clothes, and why in western culture men are often discouraged from wearing skirts or dresses if they want to. 

Do you judge people's characters by their looks alone?

This poll ended on 10 October 2015.

Current Results

Yes, all the time




Not at all


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

And I won't deny it - I'm like any other girl my age, I like pretty things. I like shiny things, and I like getting dolled up just as much as the next person. 

But some days, I just want to wear clothes that are comfy. Sometimes, I don't want to impress anyone. 

I felt like this last week, when one day I decided to go shopping in my kinda baggy boardies and a singlet.

Usually when I hit the shops I'm wearing floral dresses or my work clothes, and I never usually have a problem. 

But then I noticed a fair few funny glances and after trying on a pair of shorts and being grilled about where I ended up leaving them afterwards (I put them back on the rack, in the same place I found them) I realised I have no choice but to be judged if I want to dag around. 

When I take a backpack shopping, I'm always asked to open it up as I leave the store. But I can take in a handbag as big as a small country and apparently there's no problem with that. 

And I've also noticed after a trip to the hairdresser I get treated like a million bucks. 

So why the judgement? I guess the way we dress each day is a choice in how we will be perceived by others. 

But do others' opinions really matter? Shouldn't our judgement give way to the belief that individuals are unique and no two are the same, no matter what they wear?

We need to spend more time examining the contents, and less time criticising the packaging. 

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