Do clothes make the man? According to Rule #1, yes. And our little experiment seems to agree. The difference between these two word lists makes me think that I can put away my white shirt & tie for a long time. It's not that the Monday list is that bad (although "goofy" isn't exactly what I was going for), but the Wednesday list is more how I hope to be seen.
On Monday I dressed like this and asked the students to write their one-word impression of me.
On Wednesday I dressed like this and asked the students to write their one-word impression of me.
Billy Bob Thornton
So far so good—sense of humor
Casual, not too strict