How My Appearance Affects My Daily Commute

Gen 2 Gen Chat

Like it or not, every day we are judged by how we look, how we dress, how we carry ourselves.

I’m a Millennial living and working in New York for just over a year.  I make the commute from Long Island to Manhattan every day and a large portion of my time and paycheck is spent on public transportation.  One of the observations I’ve made on my commute is how much better I’m treated when my appearance is “better”.

The dress code in my office is very casual, a very “jeans-friendly” place. On occasion, though, I put a little more effort into my appearance.  I’ll throw on a dress or a nice blouse and maybe take an extra few minutes on my makeup. All of the sudden public transportation is no longer burdensome. I am offered a seat on crowded trains, doors magically open for me, and I receive smiles…

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