If you believe that solid style choices leads to vanity or that concerning oneself with one’s style is a vain pursuit, then you would be incorrect. Just as you would study to become more intelligent, make tough decisions to improve character and exercise to improve health and well-being. Your wardrobe would fall into the same category and would be another one of your daily tasks during everyday life. Where vanity would come into play is if a person would believe that achieving a sense of style would be over-examining yourself in the mirror and believing that satisfaction is sufficient. The clothes and wardrobe combinations are an “outer skin” but no more. It only helps to create your “visual silhouette” to society and should make you feel comfortable to be comfortable being yourself. In other words, the rest is up to you.
Society and to a greater extent the world is made up of different people with different habits, thoughts, upbringing, characteristics and observations. It is very difficult for a person in creating a life for themselves to “get to know” in depth, everyone they meet so they will be accepted and understood. How do people then communicate to understand and seek to be understood? by making the other person feel comfortable around them. These are commonly referred to as rules of ettiquette or manners and can also be done with visual cues such as open body posture, smiling, good hygiene and wardrobe choices. These practices don’t guarantee any positive results, but it will reduce any pre-conceived notions from first impressions.
Just as with protecting yourself against over-examination and approval of your style choice in front of the mirror, the same should be done in society. You shouldn’t dress to meet the approval of any person or group of people. The clothes are only the “outer skin”, the rest is up to you.