Originally Posted by marc237
....I would be far less concerned with having others judge physical appearance and would more concerned with judgments as to the appearance one's choice of words and approach to communication creates. Confidence, tact, and good humor can make even those who are not physically fortunate desirable to be with, while abrasive personalities can make physically attractive individuals very lonely indeed.
IMO this is the most perceptive writing in this entire thread. I've met more than a few women who were nothing special to look at, but were delightful company because of their humor, intelligence, etc. These are people I find truly attractive. Conversely, I've met many a beautiful witch with a truly repulsive personality.
So, to address the OP, there's a lot more to attractiveness than visual features or fine dress. Since first impressions are primarily visual, I dress to optimize my physical assets so I have the chance to bring the personality into play with a positive bias in place. Although few forum members post pictures and even fewer wish to give up total anonymity by including their faces in pictures, I would guess our aggregate physical attractiveness is representative of the larger society. As another poster suggested, our concern with appearance may lead us to be more physically fit than the average.