My colleague, Carey Bertolet from BCG’s New York office makes the case that what you do outside of work can affect your reputation. I’m not sure that being disheveled in public is necessarily always bad (if you are at a baseball game, etc.); but maybe it is a gender thing. Women tend to be judged more by their appearance than men. Or maybe, as my wife likes to remind me, I’m clueless about how I look sometimes.
Her warnings are very sound, though. Particularly in an electronic age where digital is forever. For example, I wonder what respectable firm will want to hire this BC Law School student. Clearly she is very photogenic; but what on earth was she thinking when she sat for that photo shoot.