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Everyone says "don't judge a book by its cover", yet we all do exactly that every day. I know more than a few people like the guy in the photo, and you probably do too.
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+Ben Anderson that should not be the case.... we should dress just how we feel confortable, in a manner that will show the world just what we are about. just because we are a judge or a.medic doesn't mean we should all wear suits. That is a little part of what represents our freedom of expression
 
+Tania Ferreira I'm sorry, that's not what I meant. Of course you should dress whatever way you want to, and in whatever way you think accurately represents you as a person. But if you are doing that, it should follow logically that people will be making assumptions about you as a person based on the way you dress, and this shouldn't come as a surprise. The man in the picture is acting as though people shouldn't think he is a "delinquent" even though clearly he dresses like one. What does he expect them to think, exactly?

Personally, I dress based on three criteria: comfortable, practical, tactical. I need to be comfortable (for obvious reasons). My clothing should be practical (meaning it serves as many purposes as possible, such as wearing waterproof boots and moisture wicking clothes). It should also be tactical (it will allow me to defend myself or hide, so it should not restrict my movements, have lots of bright colors, or weigh me down). Aside from these three things, I wear pretty much whatever.
 
The problem is not with the way people dress (or don't dress, as the case may be), but rather the way people treat each other based on a superficial judgement of their "uniform". The Doctor earns our respect, the same man in casual dress is someone we dislike or even fear.

Many years ago, in the early days of computing, I needed to buy an office full of machines for a client. At the time, this was something I did on the side from my government IT career. One lunchtime, I jumped on my mototrcycle (the easiest way to negotiate peak hour traffic, by far) and went in to the biggest computer store in the city to splash a sizable wad of cash. The five or so staff looked at my helmet, boots, etc, and totally ignored me.

A few days later, after spending the money elsewhere, I returned to the store, this time in a suit. They were all over me of course. So I asked to speak to the manager. And when I told him just how much money they'd lost because they ignored me a few days earlier, the look on his face was absolutely priceless. I do hope he, and they, learned a lesson from that.
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