Power ties, expensive purses–we have many ways to dress to impress. In doing so we are making an effort at a certain kind of coercion. We are demanding that others look at us, that people see us in a certain way. This of course can take many forms. For some, dressing like someone straight from Goodwill has the same desire and effect. Instead, dress in a way that doesn’t draw attention of any kind. Wear clothes that are plain, but not noticeably so. See if you can interact with people in a non-coercive way of which dressing plainly is only the beginning.
Dress to (Not) Impress
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith (Convergent/Random House 2015).