While making unfounded assumptions about people might make you look like the backside of a donkey, it doesn’t stop people from doing it anyways. However, it also doesn’t mean that all assumptions are wrong…
Assumptions We Make
For instance, if you see someone driving a sweet-looking car, you might assume they’re wealthy. While we may never know the truth behind our assumptions, it can still be fun to theorize about people based on their different attributes.
Most assumptions we make about how people look are humorous and based on our insecurities; here are some of our favorites.
1. Rockin’ Old Ladies
Some users seem to think that older women should look a certain way, embracing their gray hair or dying it a ‘normal’ color. They’re quick to judge the choices of older women as attention-seeking if they have adventurous hair.
But that notion is so yesterday! Today’s women, older or not, are all about split dyes in purple and blue, tri-colored dye jobs with pink, purple, and orange. Pick your favorite colors and go to town because you could inspire a younger generation to embrace their unique features.
2. Maybe It’s Shapewear?
Some women wonder when they see another woman with a “killer figure” and form-fitting clothing if they’re wearing shapewear. One woman was recently astounded to find that even ‘skinny’ women and most celebrities use shapewear. Finding out that so-called ‘skinny’ women also used shapewear went a long way in helping another woman feel more comfortable wearing her support garments.
3. Free Advertising
One woman works in tech and knows a thing or two about company t-shirts. She also assumes that if you wear a company t-shirt during a typical day, you must own very few shirts outside those ‘tech-loving,’ free advertising-type ensembles.
Another commenter agreed, stating that her husband was also in tech, and his t-shirt choice was limited to company shirts and shirts he’d received as gifts.
We’re all for giving great companies free advertising, but a limit on how often people do that is in order.
4. The Young Mother Look
One individual, a mother of young children herself, understands how a mom can show up to a store wearing a baggy t-shirt or hoody, complete with stains, her hair in a messy ponytail, and no makeup. Anytime our commenter sees a woman like this, she automatically presumes she must also be a mother of young children.
5. Business Attire Required
Many people when they see someone in business attire, assume they must work in law or a high-end corporate job. They may also be attending a wedding or funeral, especially if it’s a weekend.
The assumptions we make about people based on what they wear to work can vary greatly depending on the circumstance. I attended a college that required men to wear dress shirts and ties and women to wear skirts, except in the winter. I’ve also been to business offices where everyone wore jeans and t-shirts, and there was an unmistakable air of ‘fun.’
Business and business casual do not automatically mean someone works in finance, law, or corporate settings. And while it might be considered a ‘safe assumption,’ it can still embarrass you if you mention your thoughts aloud.
6. Republican, Yes?
One commenter thinks anyone wearing Vineyard Vines, a lifestyle clothing and accessory company based in Massachusetts, must be a Republican.
A sweeping generalization for sure, but it’s humorous to think about if it were true. Can you imagine every registered Republican walking around in Vineyard Vines?
7. White Equals Wealth
One woman confessed to automatically guessing that anyone wearing white must be well-off financially. She had a good reason for this line of thinking. The first was that white can and usually gets dirty quickly, and whoever dares to wear white would need the money to replace certain wardrobe pieces regularly.
8. Comfort Trumps Fashion
One woman lamented that when wearing high heels, which isn’t typical for her, she automatically thinks that anyone in running shoes must be the picture of comfort. She also hates that their feet are nice and cozy while she’s building blisters.
9. Makeup-Free and Beautiful
Imagine walking down the street and being the unintentional envy of other women without knowing it.
This instance is the reality for beautiful women who dress well and skip makeup. One woman automatically assumes you’re a ‘super-cool’ feminist, and we must say, the confidence boost is immediate!
10. German Tourism
While one woman admitted that her assumptions might be specific to Europe, she said that whenever she sees someone in hiking boots and a Jack Wolfskin jacket with a practical-looking backpack, she instantly thinks they must be a German tourist.
We All Do It
No matter how much we might try to avoid it, every one of us makes assumptions at one point or another. One woman made a good point about trying to find something extraordinary to assume about someone’s wardrobe, and generally, that’s a great idea.
Another great piece of advice is to be careful if you comment on what someone’s wearing. The person in question might not have a clue as to what you’re talking about or may become unnecessarily offended by your comment, as one woman found out when she commented on a man’s awesome band t-shirt.
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