I have been thinking again. This time about why I like fashion so much.
For me, dressing well can make a bad day, good.
I might feel fat and ugly, but a great pair of boots or a scarf distracts from that.
I can control what I wear, and I can focus on the things I like.
I do feel pathetic being so obsessed with what I look like.
But this article has made me realise that your appearance is important, and sometimes it is worth making an effort.
The ‘bias for beauty’ operates in almost all social situations – all experiments show we react more favourably to physically attractive people.
We also believe in the ‘what is beautiful is good’ stereotype – an irrational but deep-seated belief that physically attractive people possess other desirable characteristics such as intelligence, competence, social skills, confidence – even moral virtue. (The good fairy/princess is always beautiful; the wicked stepmother is always ugly)