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post #1 of 12
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When you think of someone that looks intelligent, what characteristics (cliched or not) do you think of? I'm referring to women here. What would they look like? How would they wear their hair? Would they wear make up? What about clothes? Would they wear glasses?

I'm not saying people that dress casually don't look smart. I'm looking for more traditional, stereotypical descriptions of someone you'd see on the street and you'd just kind of assume they were bookish.

I just automatically think of glasses and structured clothing.
post #2 of 12

I don't know about glasses, unless they're reading glasses, but I agree with you on classic clothing. Even classic casual clothing - preppy - makes a person look more put together and "in the know".

 

I go by the eyes. You know the saying, "The lights are on but the hamster is dead." Well, I like seeing someone who looks like they are observant and thinking. I don't know any other way to put it into words.

post #3 of 12
I don't know. The more intelligent people I know are usually more absent minded about their clothing. It is t that they are slobs but their minds are elsewhere. I see that both with my DD and our "smart" boy. DD is only ten, I can't judge her too closely about her clothing, but it just seems their minds are elsewhere. Our smart boy recently had a growth on his hand, I noticed it one day when he handed me something. When I asked him about it, his response was, "Oh it's been there a month or so" and I was like, "You never thought to show it to me?" No, he didn't.

Now, when I think of magazine stereotype outfits for smart women, I think of a casual suit, glasses and dark hair. You know, blonds just aren't smart. Lol.
post #4 of 12
I think of people who are dressed neatly, conservatively, not too garish of clothes, etc. I think more classic styles, nice makeup but not overdone with bright shadows or lots of blush, etc. Hair not too wild. I don't think color has anything to do with it, but not "big" hair or frizzy, or mohawks...nothing extreme. No wild piercings....no more than a hole or two in the ears, certainly nothing on the face... or visible tattoos also. I know those are all stereotypes and certainly don't apply to everyone, but you asked for assumptions.
post #5 of 12

I don't really think of a particular "look" for smart women.  Smart females come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles.  And, there are a lot of ways to define "smart".  Are you talking strictly IQ?  Or, are we considering those that are street-smart, business-smart, or book-smart?  I'd say each kind of smart has a different stereotype.   But, they're just that.  Stereotypes.

post #6 of 12

Wow, that's a tough one.

 

For me, I relate clothing to type of work/job, but not intelligence when it comes to suits.  I'd actually be more inclined to think of the look Mel brought up with her kids, just people not too worried about fashion.

 

I haven't been around large groups of females since I was in grade school/Jr. High, so it's hard to even think of a group of women and think of something that might make one stand out as "looking intelligent".

 

So, all I've got is they have more of a "girl next door" look, and they tend to look a little more "serious" than average.

post #7 of 12

As long as you don't dress in clothes that end up with you on peopleofwalmart.com

 

Honestly I also don't have a favorable opinion of your intellect if you don't wear a bra and you obviously should. 

 

Other than that I don't think of a certain appearance as reflecting intellect. I worked with two doctors who had cash to buy a BMW. He wore jeans and she was in sweats because it was their day off. No one spoke to them. It turned into an experiment and for over an hour no salesperson would speak to them. He demanded to speak with the general manager and told him very loudly that they were judged off their clothes, but in fact they are both surgeons who had cash to buy a car outright. Two of the smartest people I've ever met drove 2 hours to the next dealership to get that car. 

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kim View Post

I don't really think of a particular "look" for smart women.  Smart females come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles.  And, there are a lot of ways to define "smart".  Are you talking strictly IQ?  Or, are we considering those that are street-smart, business-smart, or book-smart?  I'd say each kind of smart has a different stereotype.   But, they're just that.  Stereotypes.
I'm talking strictly book smart. But not computer geek nerdy.
post #9 of 12
I think of a stereotypical librarian type. Glasses, straight hair, maybe in a bun. A conservative skirt suit and low heels. Quiet demeanor.

Thinking of my real life friends who are the most learned (attorneys, Those with grad degrees etc) I can't see a common thread. Some are overweight, some are very causal like I am, some are trendy.
post #10 of 12

I don't underestimate people in anyway. So this is hard for me...I hate to stereotype. Ummm...but, to answer a little bit, I would say conservative clothing.

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