The way you dress can speak volumes, but be careful about the story your clothes are telling.
You want to feel comfortable and confident, but if you dress in a way that’s too overt and revealing, you may attract the kind of attention that you don’t want, while inadvertently scaring off the kind that you do.
Sometimes he says “specific areas”; on one occasion, during an appearance in Pennsylvania, he called out Philadelphia. As experts explain in the Boston Globe article, it’s one thing to have election monitors stationed at polling places to make sure poll workers and campaign volunteers aren’t breaking election law; it’s quite another to encourage groups of vigilantes to hang out at polling places in unfamiliar neighborhoods, with the stated goal of making people feel too uncomfortable to vote if they look like they shouldn’t be voting.
But at least some of his supporters are picking up on the subtext. As Jamelle Bouie wrote this week for Slate, America has a history of Election Day violence.
To begin with, think about what your clothes say about you.
When you’re ready to make an entrance, the way you physically address the room can really influence the way you’re perceived.
For example, a dramatic catwalk strut really just belongs on the catwalk, so strolling into your local bar or restaurant like you’re parading your outfit for the editor of Vogue is at best going to scream, “Keep away,” or at worst, “I’m self-obsessed.” Try engaging the room as you walk in, casting your eyes around and welcoming it with a smile.
And some are openly admitting to reporters — like Matt Viser and Tracy Jan of the Boston Globe — that they’re going to engage in some “racial profiling” at the polls, and make supposedly foreign-looking voters “a little bit nervous”: “I’ll look for ... It’s usually racial — in particular, white Americans using violence to suppress the vote of nonwhite Americans. The more Trump slips in the polls — the more he’s shunned by the political establishment — the more frequently and ardently he tells his followers that the election is in danger of being rigged, and the more he urges them to stop it.
I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.” That quote is from a man named Steve Webb who lives in Fairfield, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati).
What you may need to work out is whether you come across as a poised, confidant woman, or as just plain unapproachable.