Today I am wearing a shirt and tie. It is not simply random. I am meeting various people who know who I am (so no dog collar necessary) but for whom, in my judgement, looking smart is important. It's a hygiene factor, if you like management speak. The tie won't get me a better hearing but its absence would get me a worse one. Anyway I like ties.
Thing is, someone will inevitably say, 'You do look smart' today. In fact writing that just made it more likely. They will say it in a kindly way but I will find it had not to hear, 'You don't usually look smart.'
I wear a dog collar two or three times a week. Someone will always say, 'I don't think I've seen you dressed in 'the gear' before.' Again (is this a critical parent reaction, maybe?) I will try not to hear, 'I don't think I've seen you dressed properly before.'
Those of us who vary our dress invite this sort of thing. I went through a period of wearing black all the time. Black is cool; other colours struggle. No-one said anything. If you want people to say nothing about your appearance, wear the same clothes every day. Have seven identical outfits. Mrs T has five and does her best with a black, faded polo shirt and black trousers and black fleece and black boots and all I see are the pleasant curves and red lips.
I went through a period of wearing clean and ironed clothes with a matching handkerchief in a parish where the clerical dress of choice was a fleece with food down it (in their defence the guys had young children).
So, what do you look like? Tell not show. This isn't Facebook.