TOEFL Essay Topic 119 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People behave differently when they wear different clothes. Do you agree that different clothes influence the way people behave? Use specific examples to support your answer.
It is a well known saying in my country and maybe all over the world, that "clothes make a person`s
It is a well known saying in my country and maybe all over the world, that "clothes make a person`s character". What this means is that people who do not know me will immadiately and naturally judge me according to my appearance of which clothes, of course, is a significant part. "A liar in a tuxedo is trusted by everyone," goes the saying on. Indeed, quality clothes greatly increase the person`s trustworthiness as well as atractivity. And since people are well aware of this fact, they just can`t help but behave according to this simple truth.
I can confirm from my own experience that having fine clothes on greatly increases your self-confidence in communication with other people. Of course, it is also a matter of one`s taste what exactly a fine clothing is. It is natural for everyone, however, to assume that whatever he himself thinks attractive will be seen as such by other people as well. For instance, if I am wearing a long coat I consider highly elegant, I am naturally and even unconsciously adjusting my behaviour to the fact that I indeed am elegant. This makes me think that people are going to find me considerably attractive and will show me more respect. Therefore I have far more self-confidence in dealing with them than I would with a leather jacket on instead of a long coat.
A short story to illustrate this point is related with my holliday in England. I was walking around the streets of London with my father, who was dressed in a long grey coat, wearing a hat and smoking a cigar. To my amazement, I realized that some older english gentlement, dressed in a similar way, were nodding their heads towards my father, showing him respect like he was one of them. My father, who can`t even speak English, was equally surprised, but soon he accepted the situation and started to behave like he indeed was a noble british man. It is clear that all of this was caused by the way in which he was dressed in the first place.
That is why I think that different clothes can indeed affect the way people behave often without them even being aware of that.