Observation/ Deduction Blog Entry 22

Topic: Deductions from Clothes (in general)

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Topics of Discussion:

Intro

Types of Clothing Overview

Wrinkles

Logos/ Images on Clothes

Color Scheme

Recognizing Age

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Intro

Analysis of clothes is a huge topic to cover in just one blog entry. There are so many different subtopics I could go into and this could end up being an entire book. To make sure I don’t make it an entire book I am going to cover some of the basics and let that be it for right now. As I am writing this, I am finding it quite difficult to make it easy to understand and fairly short so I will most likely come back to this topic and cover more at some point. But in reality, once you know the basics (if you understand anything I have written this time haha) and have a good idea of where to go with this then you shouldn’t find much problem in elaborating for yourself! As always, observe in context!

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Types of Clothing Overview

There are several types of clothing. Some of which include casual, formal, and anything in between. Usually people who dress in more formal attire (think suit or other much too formal for everyday things clothes) out in a casual setting will be less likely to use strong language, they will have better posture and will have very strict manners in most situations of life. Whereas, people who dress casual in these situations could just be your everyday people who are friendly, don’t much mind their language unless it’s trained into them not to use certain words, are more likely to have self-expressing items of clothing and are more casual even in formal settings.

These two examples are all situational examples and should be taken in context. There are many different reasons why people dress how they do in different situations. By their attire you can generally tell their financial situation, agreeableness, possibly their profession and many other things.

For the sake of not going overboard into every type of attire under the sun (because there are several) I will explain the extremes (keep the word extremes in mind) by dividing into three sections.

Formal: As I mentioned above, people wearing formal attire in settings that aren’t in any way formal have different character traits (in context) from those who dress casually most of the time. If you see someone walking around the grocery store in a suit it can tell you a lot about them. In most cases the suit is because they have a more formal job which requires this nice attire. The fact that they are shopping in such attire means they most likely didn’t go home before their outing. People who wear formal clothes often, will be more likely to take care of their items to more of a level than others (there are still exceptions of course). Depending on the situation it might also tell you their financial position. I won’t go much into that though because there a lot of exceptions in that category. However, basically you have to know the general prices of clothing and the higher the price in a casual setting the more likely the person is to be well off financially. For this attire, think those super fancy people in films who live in large houses. Though some people only dress this way for their job, this is the type of attire I am talking about no matter one’s financial situation. One who wears this type of attire to a formal occasion but does not wear it elsewhere will look uncomfortable and have more fidgeting behaviors while in such attire. From this you’ll be able to tell that formal is not what they normally wear, and this is in fact a special occasion and not a casual outing.

All the in-betweens of formal and casual: This is where most people will fall on the spectrum of clothing. In the in-between of clothing you’ll get people who wear clothes that are not necessarily expensive or “fancy” but are well maintained and taken care of. Because these are on the nicer end of clothing the color scheme will be more neutral to fit as many needs as possible. A person will want to get as much use out of these clothes as they can so they will be worn for different types of settings. People will often wear these types of things on a day to day basis. For this think “date” clothes or nice either dress pants or jeans paired with a nice shirt well ironed. Something along those lines. This is a fancier casual style and people who wear this often could often be perceived as in control of their appearance and educated. You might often see examples of this type of clothing on professors, teachers, managers, and other similar jobs. Though this may seem fancy to some people, what I’m really referring to is what some people would call “nice school clothes” and is a casual attire but on the higher end could also be formal in very casual settings. This type of clothing is what you’ll see most out in the world and there are a lot of variations within this type of clothing so again, observe in context and some of what I have written applies to different areas within this section (there is an upper end of this and a lower end of this, which is what I mean by different areas).

Very Casual: These are clothes you’ll see at home. If you see someone wearing this type of clothing out in public, they are either going to the gym or just hold a very very casual style. I’m referring to exercising clothes and aged clothes specifically. You will also see this a lot in public because it has become more common in some places to just wear this type of clothing around places. Take stock of how common it is to see this type of dress in public where you are from, because it does vary in different areas of the world, and then make conclusions based off of that. If it is rare to see people out and about in these types of clothing in your area you can most likely conclude they are going to a gym or to paint something if it’s that type of clothes. In areas where it is more common to go places that aren’t the gym or Home Depot/ Walmart in worn out or gym attire then it will be harder to make conclusions but you can still tell they have a level of comfort with being out in public in that attire. Which in turn could indicate they aren’t looking for other’s approval of their appearance (doesn’t really apply to wearing leggings but you get my point) and are comfortable with their choice of clothing. Depending on the situation and the clothing type within this section financial situation could possibly be determined. For example, you might observe worn out clothing along with other clusters of information like hygiene or other things that they maybe can’t afford new clothes so they would be on the lower end financially. However, don’t just assume based off of clothes alone. Look for clusters of information and don’t just shove people into a category.

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Wrinkles

Different types of clothing wrinkle in different ways. Nylon, polyester and wool don’t wrinkle nearly as much as cotton and linens do. Understanding wrinkles can tell you a good bit of information about a person. There are the obvious wrinkles where someone has had their shirt folded which you can make inferences from. It could mean possible traveling, or they keep their clothes in a drawer instead of hung up. Someone whose sleeves are overly wrinkled has had those sleeves rolled up for a long period of time most likely at work. Imprints in pants could mean setting a hot beverage on your leg for any amount of time. Etc. For the sake of length I will leave you to research the several types of wrinkles and what they mean on your own.

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Logos/ Images on Clothes

Logos and images clearly displayed on clothes can tell you a lot more information than you would think about the person wearing it. To start I’ll talk about brand names:

Having a brand name on your clothes more than often means that you are trying to show off the fact that you can afford that brand. These types of items that have brands printed largely on them do tend to be more popular and expensive items. The same analysis that applies to shoes applies here, the brand being visible boldly is a larger sign of being stuck in your ways or being prouder. It can point out a person who wants people to know that “yes, I can afford such and such brand.” There are always exceptions and some of those can be told by analysis of the age of such a clothing item which I’ll get into in another subsection of this.

Logos and other graphic images on shirts are displayed because the person wants people to know they are a fan of whatever it is or wants to be associated with whatever it is. This is something they will openly admit to liking and could probably tell you a lot about it. Then you dig deeper into that and ask yourself what does this person having an interest in whatever is displayed on their clothing tell me about them? For example, if someone has one of the Sherlock logos on their shirt it might indicate that yes, they are openly a fan of Sherlock Holmes, but that also means they are into mystery and adventure. So, what else is mystery and adventure? Ask yourself questions such as these to gather as much information as you can from a person. The logo on their shirt doesn’t just tell you that they like that one thing, it leads you to inferences about their personality, hobbies, other interests, etc. (If you need further clarification on that message me and I can try to help you.)

Then the obvious is company Logos. This will most likely tell you where they work or where they shop and really like the store brand or something of the sorts. Then you take into account where you have seen this person who is wearing that company logo and make inferences about what might have brought them there in that attire. Did they not go home before arriving? Are they on their way home? Are they on a break? Etc.

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Color Scheme

General color scheme of clothes can help you make inferences about personality of the wearer. People who go for more dark and neutral tones tend to be more introverted whereas people who go for bold and bright colors are more extroverted. There are exceptions (I am one of them sometimes), but most of the time this works well as a general rule. The more outrageous the color, the more outgoing the person is. Don’t turn this into a stereotype though, it’s just a general rule so it should always be taken in account with other chunk a of information and not made a solid conclusion until other evidence presents itself.

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Recognizing Age

Age can be told simply by observing. Newer items will be stiffer and the color will be more vibrant. Older items, the fibers will have weakened and it will show. Even well taken care of older items will appear to be more stretched out and have a more faded color. You can also tell age based on style of the clothes. To do this you would need to research on what year different styles came from and again for the sake of length I’ll leave that part to you.

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As I mentioned in the intro, I was having a hard time making all of this short without going into all of the specifics, because there are a lot of them. Hopefully some of this helps! It was very hard to figure out how to write this one because there is so much information. I also highly recommend reading Ben Cardall’s chapter in the Monographs about clothes.

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Next Blog: Deductions From Keys, Wallets, Phones and Other Small Items

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Disclaimer: I teach people inductive/deductive reasoning and related topics. Most of the information on my blog comes from my own experiences and observations but some of it will also come from various different sources and is just information I use. I don’t claim ownership of information from other sources.

I have been studying these mindsets religiously for a while now and have been practicing memory techniques since I was in the sixth grade. However, I too am still learning. So if you have any suggestions or comments that are helpful to others that I neglect to mention please do so in the comments. I do not claim to know everything there is to know about these techniques. This blog is for educational purposes for me and the readers.

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