Both these quotes highlight the fact that the way you dress really has an influence on how others perceive you and, more importantly, how you perceive yourself.
Instead, your mind considers your apparel very much as part of your body and so, when you look at yourself, your clothes contribute greatly to the self-image that you form.
This is the reason why, when you wear something that you don’t like, you form a negative self-image of yourself and feel less confident. On the contrary, when you wear something that you like (new clothes, for example) you form a positive self-image of yourself that makes you feel confident and have high self-esteem.
Summer, winter, and self-image
Women who are overweight feel more confident and relaxed in winter than in summer. This is because in winter they know that they can blame the extra clothes that they are wearing for the way they look.
Men who are extremely thin are likely to feel less confident in summer. In winter, when they wear extra clothes, they subconsciously think they’ve actually grown bigger and this lets them develop a positive self-image.
Similarly, people who don’t like their hair feel more relaxed in winter because they can cover it with a cap all the time.
But it may not be true for all the cases. There might be other reasons why some people like the winter, such as snowfall or holidays. You should always look for more than one clue whenever you come up with a psychological conclusion.
No one will admit they have a self-image problem. No one wants to look bad. But they’ll always provide indirect clues which you can connect together to see the bigger picture.
For instance, if, on some other occasion the same person says, “I hate summer; you got to worry about how you look all the time” There it is! You got it. You now know why they like winter, even if they themselves have no idea why.
What about those who don’t care what they wear?
Sure, you might eventually reason yourself out of judging people this way but that doesn’t mean you’ll stop making snap judgments based on the clothes that people wear.