Skepticism is all about examining conventional wisdom, so letâ€™s crack this one open.
Your looks are comprised of two components: heredity and choice. You may not be able to do much about your height or facial features, but you sure as heck choose how to present yourself. Your clothing, eyewear, piercings, tattoos, haircut, make-up, etc. â€“ all of these are an expression of your inner self, and send social cues to others about who you are.
That doesnâ€™t mean that one should be judged by his/her fashion acumen. In fact, it means quite the opposite. Itâ€™s entirely possible to be stylish without being fashionable and vice-versa. Fashion involves conforming to a mainstream or sub-culture. Style is self-expression.
So is it actually appropriate to judge a book by its cover?
(Read what psychologists are saying: The Style Imperative)