Why do I look so good?

Have you ever thought that you take the concept of appearance way too seriously?

Person washing his hands
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I sure have, and for good reason. Paying attention to things like hygiene, grooming, and dress have been identified as huge vacuums of time and money in my life. Since time is money, and since both time and money must be conserved wherever possible, I have made it one of my continuing goals to streamline my life in the interest of such conservation; but there is a caveat.

I cannot – must not! – sacrifice the trifecta of hygiene, grooming, and dress. Rather, I must hack the processes – make them faster, better, and more effective all at once.

This is not an easy task.

You could say I’m working within a framework which was built from the ground up; in other words, I’ve learned most of this stuff on my own. Thank Bob for the Internet and YouTube, without which I would not have learned some very important things, such as how to wax my moustache when I’ve grown it out. How did I manage before?

Vidal Sassoon (left) on June 6 in Barcelona to...
Vidal Sassoon: “Actually Rob, it’s ‘if you don’t look good, WE don’t look good.’ But hey, whatever lifts your skirt.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So needless to say, appearance is very important to me; as the old Vidal Sassoon commercials used to say, “if you don’t look good, you don’t feel good.” You see, when I was growing up what I had in terms of appearance was my looks. I wasn’t physically fit by any stretch of the imagination, and so I had to endure a lot of ridicule. As it turns out, being fat is hard on a kid; being sensitive is even worse. But I always prided myself on my looks, even if they weren’t widely appreciable.

So where do clothes fit into all this? Well here’s my philosophy on clothing: they don’t have to cost a lot, and they don’t exactly have to be the best. They just have to look good however you throw them together, and they have to fit you in a reasonably decent way. Nothing looks worse than clothes that are cut wrong, that are way too big, or for that matter, way too small. Other than that, I’m not very picky. As long as you don’t come off as completely colorblind, I’m sure you look great.

In other words, clothes do not make the person. The person makes the person – but you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of time or money making the person. And don’t forget, a little personality goes a long way!

this post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.


  1. My philosophy, too. I always thought clothes were a pain, and I still hate to shop. Part of teaching high schooler’s however, is serving as a role model. Sometimes you gotta look cool to have them hear you. Still, I usually can’t shop. Wife’s much better. My favorite T-shirt is about 20 years old. On one side is ‘COPS.’ On the other, ‘Bad boys, bad boys.’ Two side of the same coin, I believe.

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