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 Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.