Perhaps you’re feeling a little blue this time of year with world politics and the weather converging to give you nothing but bad news. So here is a fun little article about retro clothing making a comeback. I particularly liked this part about a woman who enjoys wearing vintage-looking styles because of the effect they have on those around her:
“Men treat me differently when I wear vintage or something that looks vintage,” she said. “I’ve noticed that they open doors and even apologize when they swear, which is so not the case when I’m wearing regular clothes like pants and a sweater.”
Wow! Notice that men treat her with more respect by opening doors for her, but also apologize for their own bad conduct. I’ve heard the expression “Clothes make the man” but this makes me wonder if a woman’s clothes make the man. I certainly have noticed that my husband has a different attitude toward me when I am dressed up. Naturally, there is more attraction than when I’m in my sweats, but I believe there is an added respect for me and for himself—as if my clothing were a rising tide that lifts all boats, inspiring him to want to be the man that goes with this woman.
Sure, we could say this is sexist or scream, “IT SHOULDN’T MATTER WHAT I WEAR!! JUST TREAT ME WITH RESPECT ALL THE TIME!” but isn’t it nice to know that there are things we can do to increase civility and respect in those around us?