Originally Posted by maleofglory
I also disagree. Being well dressed is not going to bring about success in your job (or even land a job) as much as being a confident individual willing to take risks and make decisions. Assuming such individual is 'normally' dressed to some moderate standard, they will have MUCH more success over their life then a well dressed insecure individual.
How many people would agree?
"Much more" is a stretch, and it's USA-centric, but it is true to an extent. Yet the "brashness quotient" won't do much good in, for example, a low-level research job, while the beauty premium is believed to significantly sway in such a setting.
Also, with some women, brashness won't be a plus.
There doesn't appear to be any hard evidence linking it to lower fear of public speaking, the biggest fear according to many surveys and something which being dressed well does help.
As for the many men who are insecure... Telling them to be "confident" or accept a lower quality of life doesn't help.