Clothing doesn’t define a person


Jadelin Hinkel

Just a simple example of how much my closet has changed over the year with new patterns the old me would’ve never worn.

Over the years, I’ve learned not to care about how others see me; slowly, I learned that appearance isn’t everything.

Despite the best of intentions, the initial appearance will always factor into the view of others. I try to stray away from objectifying people based on appearance because I don’t want them to do it to me.

Throughout my life, I’ve been unhappy with my appearance; I always wanted to be taller, blonde, a different ethnicity, and many more traits that were different from the ones I was born with.

My look has definitely changed throughout the years—the way I would classify my old look would be the “basic girl look” embodied by basic t-shirts every day with leggings or running shorts. 

I rocked the look for a few solid years without a doubt in my mind. That was until I slowly transferred over to the athletic-based look which consisted of black leggings, my hair always being up, running shoes, and obviously, an oversized sweatshirt. 

I still didn’t care what others said about how I dressed. I just knew all that mattered was what kind of person I was on the inside. 

I might currently look different from my old self, but I’m still the same person, and people just need to take the time to actually get to know me. 

I don’t want others to judge me based on how I dress, but at the same time, I just don’t care. While growing up, I realized that no matter how I dress, my inner beauty will always shine once someone takes the time to truly get to know the real me.

However, just this last year, I decided it was time for me to do a complete 180 and switch my style around. I told myself it was time to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new as I stepped into a new stage in my life. Within a month, my clothing choices were the complete opposite of what I was used to.

I may dress a bit darker now, but it’s just clothing—clothing doesn’t define me.

I just knew all that mattered was what kind of person I was on the inside.”

My new aesthetic may be different, but I am still the same person. This may be the real look I’ve always wanted or one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in a while—who knows? All I know is that I’m just living my life to the fullest. Switching my style might’ve been a small instance, but I still think that it was something that impacted my life.

Due to the new look I’ve been contriving lately, I am judged just because of my clothing choice. I think it’s time that people finally start to get to know each other before they make assumptions; I personally don’t base opinions of the person on physical appearance and actually spend the time to get to know who they truly are because clothing doesn’t change anything.