It is said that we can judge a man’s character from his dress. But it is not always so. Dress can only help us to a certain extent in knowing the broad facts of a man’s character. A man who wears a costly dress in not necessarily a man of lavish habits. One the other hand, a man who wears tattered clothes is not necessarily a man of miserly habits. He may be doing so only due to his financial limitations. Yet it is true that in some cases dress serves as a useful index to the character of a man. Some common examples, from which we can get some idea of a man’s character from his dress, are given below.
We daily come across such persons as put on clothes of loud colors. We find them dressed in gaudy color. They wear bush shirts printed with the faces of actors and actresses. So, is the case with their shoes. Shoes with different designs on them are liked by them. We can easily know the character of such people by looking at the way in which they dress. Such people, if we carefully observe them, are very fond of show and ostentation. They lack the maturity of taste. They do not have sober habits. We can know this by there dress.
Many people even if they are given costly and decent clothes, will make their appearance shabby and ineffective. They will put on the shirt or the coat, but will not button it up. The laces of their shoes will remain untied. If they use the tie they will not put the knot properly. They never bother whether their clothes are pressed or not. As these people are with their clothes, so they are with their habits. They behave carelessly in other matters also. They are slovenly in their dress, living, eating and other ways also. So in this way, dress reflect their character.
Beside this, we find people wearing very simple dress. A white ‘Kurta’. ‘Dhoti’, and a white cap on the head and simple ‘chapples’ are all that they dress themselves in. But their clothes are always very neat and clean. Though they do not waste much of their valuable time in dressing, yet they do not use their dress carelessly. Such people show that they are the followers of the principle. “Simple living and high thinking.” They do not believe in ostentation. Mostly such people are intellectual.
Broadly speaking, the dress of a man helps us to know his character. But at the same time it may also be added that the dress should not be regarded as the sole index to the character of a man. Many Saints and Sadhus completely neglect their dress. But it does not means that they are very low either in their mental or emotional standards. On the contrary, they raise themselves so high from the level of worldly considerations that dress becomes quite meaningless to them. In the present age, Mahatma Gandhi used to wear only a loin cloth. But he was the man before whom the entire world bowed its head. So in judging the character of a man dress can help us only to certain extent. So in judging the character of a man dress can help us only to a certain extent. It can never be the sole guide. We should also take other factors into considerations in judging a man.