No, I'm not taking about eating messy food while wearing a white shirt or being caught short while looking for the gents. Although I suppose the topic is almost as weird, in its own way... This forum is full of threads about what we might call the Input side of getting dressed: the garments, choosing them, ordering them, combining them, co-ordinating them, etc. There's a fair bit on the Product itself: the outfits we see across the range of WAYWRN threads. But I'm not sure we've had a thread on the Output side, or at least not for a while. In other words: how do you test whether you're successful in your aim when you got dressed? How do you check your outfit is doing what you want for you? I guess a more geeky way to phrase my question, is how do you audit your success? I suppose the answer depends on your purpose, maybe? I mean, for some here I suppose it could be a purist "I want to be well-dressed", in which case I suppose you could select a historical aesthetic which matches your preferred definition of being well-dressed and compare & contrast, refining iteratively over time. But I think most people, even on SF, don't have such a purist approach and instead have a more specific - if unstated/implicit - aim ("I want to appear well-dressed BECAUSE... fill in the blank"). How do you test that, especially since it's rather difficult to test correlations as you can't rerun the same day wearing something else. I was thinking about this because I tend to view my image as a tool to create an effect on people I meet in the course of my profession, which has few truly objective diagnostic tests. It's so much about being well-dressed as it is being dressed to a strong style (I happen to like tailored clothes, but I think I could have picked another strong style and still created an equally useful - though different - effect). Archetypes often elicit strong responses in people and (whether positive or negative) strong responses help with the pattern recognition process I use in diagnosing as they amplify reactions, making decision-making afterwards a little easier. It can be a very marginal effect sometimes and obviously it can be heavily modulated by other aspects of how I present myself both verbally & non-verbally, but it's not always a negligible effect so I find it worth thinking about. Admittedly, this wasn't my original motive for dressing how I do, but I've consciously thought about the effect over the years so can notice it better now. I also found that the effect was useful enough to use it outside of work, too. I suppose I test my success upon whether it interfered or aided in highlighting that kind of pattern-recognition process.