Versailles News: Dressing for (and with) respect


In 1975 John T. Molloy authored the book Dress for Success, which became a bestseller. The book was based on scientific research which revealed the impact clothing had on one’s success in business and personal life.

Clothing has the ability to convey one’s personality and often we are judged by the clothing we chose. Even though many companies have adopted the “casual business attire” dress code, clothing is definitely part of a first impression.

Our choice of clothing goes deeper than fashion. It’s been proven that what we wear affects how others perceive us. A well-dressed individual is shown more respect than a poorly dressed individual. The clothing need not be expensive as long as it’s well fitted, wrinkle free and clean. Perhaps it seems unjust to judge others by their attire but it’s been scientifically proven that we all do it.

Our attire is part of our nonverbal communication. People who dress conservatively are perceived as reliable and disciplined. To be respected one needs to dress like someone worthy of respect.

At one time the Chinese military was required to wear the same uniform regardless of rank and without acknowledgement of rank. Insubordination occurred since there was no visible recognition upon the officer’s uniforms.

How we dress not only affects others but it also affects ourselves. When we dress out of respect we in turn will receive respect. We feel more confident dressed up, but we often pick our clothes based on our mood or feelings, therefore we may dress down when we really need to dress up. Our choice of clothing is capable of expressing our thoughts and internal state even if we are unaware. Sometimes we dress for comfort which can cause us to under-dress in a certain social settings.

In this present day it seems like dress shoes, suits, ties and dresses are out of vogue. Although there seems to have been resurgence in semi-formal dress for funerals, weddings, and the workplace it seems to be within the youth of today, while many 50+ year olds are taking business casual to new lows; living in their sneakers, tee shirts, shorts or jeans.


Tonight at 6 p.m. is the Darke County Relay for Life opening ceremony at Heritage Park. The luminary ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. Plenty of food on site with hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, donuts, walking tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ ribs, brisket, wings, and Farmer Brown with his food truck. The fountain square entertainment sponsored by Towne & Country Players (Tyler and Mason DeMange) will be near the Heritage Park Gazebo Friday evening from 7 – 9 p.m.

Tomorrow from noon – 2 p.m. Worch Library is hosting an introductory beer brewing class. Registration is required by calling 526-3416.

This Sunday from 4:30 – 7 p.m. take a drive to Webster for the Annual Ice Cream Social at Webster Methodist Church located at 8849 Seibt Road. There are always great tasting pies and cakes to go along with the many flavors of ice cream they offer. Sandwiches, noodle soup and hospitality are also part of the event.

Mark your calendars for the Versailles Community Garage Sales to be held July 27 and 28 and the Central Western Fireman’s Association convention at Heritage Park on Friday and Saturday, July 28 – 29. The public is invited to watch the competitive firefighting games. There will be vendors on hand during this event like; T’s Freeze with cheesesteaks, Panini and pulled pork sandwiches, Simply Sweet with wood fired pizza and the Versailles Museum who will offer ice cream, apple dumplings, cookies, etc. in or near the baseball concession stand off Klipstine Road on Friday 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon – 5 p.m.

Happy birthday Mary Buxton, Irene Murphy, Angel Borchers, Doug Myers, Rev. Ray Haley, Issac Routt, Noah Hayes, Ed Spencer, Dick Heft, Teri Unger, Jared Lyons, Lisa Berning, Ron Poling, Patty Jenkinson, Shelley Kaiser, Stacie Dirksen, Diane Schrader, Mary Buxton, Barb Hart, Judy Pepple, Emily Barton, Brandon Koverman, Kane Epperly, Kaleb Miller, Jayden Delancey, Bethany Ahrens, Krista Jones, Laura and Sonya Frantz, Aaron Moran, Karen Dues, Jane Smith, Magdalena Richard, Lisa Voisard, Colleen Post, Judi Grow, Clinton Randall, Gary Pierron, Dan Smith, Diane Kunk, Mary Adkins, and Deb Barhorst as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Carrie and Bruce Borchers (10), Karen and Dave Friar (17), Beth and Doug Borchers (27), Sonnie and Bob Rhoades (42), and Linda and Mike Rhoades (45).

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Rosie Cordonnier, Romaine Berger, Karen Schultz, Irene Gehret, Judy York, Zachary Browder, Bill Luthman, Amanda Danheim, Theresa Borgerding, Theresa Buteau, Chris Apple, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Anne Schmitz, Donna and Terry Black, Connie Ecabert, Betty Kremer, Dan Roseberry, Denny Grilliot, Beverly Brown, Harold Langston, Sr., Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Cyril Frantz, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, ailing, suffering, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Barbara Wagner (54), Barbara Grimes (70), Roger Pohl (85), Mary Kramer (93), and also remembering within our hearts the lives of John Penno, Donald Meier, Carolyn Long, Jackie Barlage, Mary Jean Wehrkamp, Dylan Williams, Nancy Brandt, Ruth Platfoot, Bud Bergman, Marie Kauffman, Bob Hahn, A.L. Smith, Sally Amspaugh, Harold Apple, Jack Wood, Nelson Barga, Red Elson, Don Beam, Alma Ehlers, Fredona Rethman, Viola Voisard, Florence Paulus and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.

“The first step in being respected is to look respectable.” ~Unknown

“Dress like you own the bank, not like you need a loan from it.” ~Louis Raphael

“Church attire should reflect a respect that rises above shorts, jeans and flip flops.” ~C. Edwards

By Kathy Magoto

Versailles News

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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