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Communication Through Dress | The Aspiring Gentleman

“Let’s take James Bond as a perfect example of dressing confidently. Whenever he is in a room, he is in the room. People notice him not because of what he says, or of his intentions to foil a villain’s outlandish plot while simultaneously running off with his former female companion, but because he has created a presence through the way he has dressed.”

Sean Connery as James Bond
© 1962 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved image via http://www.barbican.org.uk

“It is said that communication is paramount in the success of any endeavor that involves the interaction of people. I would be hard pressed to disagree with this statement. Communication, or the lack thereof, can result in peace, war, love, hate, marriage, divorce, prosperity, poverty, and a billion other things that would be too numerous for this article. How you communicate contributes almost fully to how you are perceived in life, and as the cliché goes, perception many times is reality.

The great thing about communication is that it is not solely confined to the realm of words, so fret not; you do not have to have the oratory skills of a Barack Obama nor the conversational savvy of a Ronald Reagan to communicate effectively.

In fact the most important form of communication has nothing to do with what spouts out of your mouth, but with what is draped over your body.

Someone’s opinion of you is shaped long before you ever say a word to them. You can enter a room and immediately be anointed as confident, commanding and debonair, or you can just as succinctly be dismissed as timid, apathetic, and headless. What you wear says a great deal more about you than most people realize.”

Read the full article via Communication Through Dress | The Aspiring Gentleman.

The Barbican exhibit > Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style

Also, “The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962’s Dr No to this year’s Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand….It will explore the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.” Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style


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5 thoughts on “Communication Through Dress | The Aspiring Gentleman

  1. i totally agree! i did a research paper last semester over how our clothes communicate different things to others

    Posted by caretobeglam | March 27, 2012, 4:58 pm
    • yes. Clothing is our silent partner. It can be our friend or our enemy–that’s up to us. It is “non-verbal communication.”

      Did you learn anything interesting from your research?

      Posted by TheDailyPOT | March 27, 2012, 5:07 pm
      • i did learn quite a bit. i think it’s so important for people to dress appropriately in public settings. it really does affect how people view you. i watch a show called “how do i look?” on the style channel. they do exercises with the people on the show and they will have the person who is dressed horribly go to a mock interview how they are dressed and then have someone else who may not be as good at the job dressed very professionally interview and all the interviewers said they would hire the person who is professionally dressed. it’s such an interesting topic!

        Posted by caretobeglam | March 27, 2012, 5:12 pm
      • I’ve not seen that show, but I don’t have cable 😦 I also read a story a while back where it was proven that employers favorably view and hire women who wear makeup. Clothing is your second skin. You don’t have a choice over your skin color, but you do with your clothing, hair, makeup. It’s all about what do you want to convey about yourself when you don’t have a chance to say a thing?

        But I’m also careful not to assume someone is who they are “saying” they are on clothing alone.

        Posted by TheDailyPOT | March 27, 2012, 7:46 pm
  2. Clothing drives ones expectations and initial contact. If your faking until you make it, just be sure you don’t disappoint. Clothing also can build an individuals confidence if they dress well. A person’s posture and presentation changes based on their clothing.

    Posted by Kirby | March 31, 2013, 7:04 pm

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