When you look at someone, what do you see? A head and two hands. The other 90% is clothes and shoes. Just a theory.
Simple point, but true. Think of seeing somewhat at a distance. The overall color scheme of a person's outfits matters more here than grooming or an attractive face. I would argue, as a matter of fact, that clothing is more valuable as information than any other part of someone's appearance. As such, it can be more important for determining whether or not a person is in fact attractive. ...Well here, I may be talking about more than just aesthetic appeal, so I apologize for diverting this... Though it is only a thin covering, it can give you more of a window into a person than their physical features or their grooming. The clothes a person buys tells you one useful thing, and the way they match them tells you a second. The clothes tell you about the person's taste. What is most important: quality, flashiness, uniqueness, texture? Does this person want to flaunt their body or hide it? Does this person seem to care about clothes at all anyway ("no" would obviously be the preferable of many)? Is this person creative or boring? Does he have some vague aspiration to be a bohemian or is all just business? Is this person likely to be a vegan? I see gorgeous girls often, but I would not deign (or perhaps dare) to talk to them. It is entirely because of their lame taste. When I see a "sexy chic" wearing an abercrombie tank top and Seven Jeans, with big bongos and a hot ass, I would not go talk to her. It's not that I look down on her. I admire the wonderful butt, etc., but I know that she would find me a ridiculous freak and I would find her provinicial - and even if she weren't, I wouldn't be able to get over the boring fashion sense. So, I don't bother. If she were wearing a vintage silk courtesan skirt, a floral embroidered top, and a velvet coat, we might have something to say to each other. But then, we are talking about initial appearances perhaps, and what forms pure, visual, "attractiveness". When I see a male in a blue shirt and khakis, I never think he's attractive. I mean, I can't really tell so clearly which males are and aren't attractive inherently, so clothes are going to make the difference. Most girls, guys wearing outfits like that appealing though. But what is objectively appealing - and what are the components of that in descending order? It must vary from person to person. I suppose.