"Looking good is the best revenge." ~Ivana Trump
We're a visual species. We notice what a person looks like before anything else. Whether or not they are 'attractive,' whatever that means to each one of us. It seems logical that this was an early, primitive sort of life skill developed to determine if an approaching person was a threat or not, and to determine whether or not someone might be a potential mate. Whether or not I'm right about the origins of our being a visual species, the fact remains that we are.
Nowadays things have changed a little- it's still how we assess a potential mate, and it undoubtedly affects our chances at getting a job. Of course were we more evolved we would only be affected by a person's character, but because of this ancient, ingrained hardwiring, we're first affected by appearance. In that first six seconds we make an amazing amount of assumptions about the person we see in front of us. (Which may not have any basis in reality.) And that first, visual impression stays with us for a very long time.
The truth is, we can profoundly affect how we're perceived. Yes, it may be so much smoke and mirrors, but it's effective. Being clean, well groomed, wearing colors and design lines that flatter you have a huge impact on how you'll be seen, and more importantly, how you'll be treated. It also affects how you feel about yourself- you feel better about yourself if you feel like you look your best- it's as simple as that. And that's what you radiate when you interact with others, verbally and non-verbally.
And the last and most important part of this is- it really doesn't matter that much what you start with- it's what you do with what you've got. Unique and interesting self expression as well as good grooming -as well as good health, of course- are what makes us 'attractive.'
So think about this when you're tempted to throw on any old thing you can find on a day when you don't have a lot of time.
Because when Murphy's Law is in effect, that's the day you'll wind up meeting someone you want to make a good impression on.