Of course it does! The first minutes 2, maximum 3. If a person is good, then his appearance begins to like, regardless of the first impression. And if his actions, behavior and communication with him leave much to be desired, then you begin to wonder how he might have seemed beautiful to you ...
"Don't judge a book by its cover" - my relatives and friends tell me, and at this time I look at passers-by and evaluate how they look and how they are dressed. Maybe it's not right, but I can't do it any other way. All my surroundings are fashionistas of the 21st century, with cuffs, in tight jeans, in expensive clothes, and so on. But it happens that you have to communicate with people not from your environment (at work, for example) and they turn out to be good people, in the end. I myself am not satisfied with my habit, but, as I said above: "I can't do it any other way"
I agree with the answer above, if a person is extremely unkempt, then this definitely speaks of some of his, so to speak, qualities. However, if we are talking about a simple appearance that you cannot call a model, or frankly, a person is not at all handsome, then I do not care at all. I will not lie that they say I don't care about beautiful people, they, like everyone else, I certainly like, but I also like COMMUNICATION, and here I don't have to choose. The answer is, if a person is interesting, smart and competent, but does not have a pleasant appearance, I don't care)))
I must say right away that I am not a body positive person, but no - it does not affect at all and, perhaps, never did. It makes no difference to me what your physique, hairstyle, clothes and the degree of their neatness. And dirty shoes won't embarrass me either. I do not care. Despite the obvious visual difference, I will not make any difference for myself between a smelly bum and a businessman in a suit. But the downside of all this is that I treat people badly as such.
Affects unambiguously. But if I like a person outwardly, but as a person does not represent anything from himself, then I will not communicate with him. And no beauty will save. In other cases, the person does not like, even repulses, and as I communicate, I begin to learn that he is versatile / with a sense of humor / etc., pleasant in communication in general, his appearance ceases to cause negative, even some charm appears.
P.S. The fact that every person should take care of themselves, wash, at least, is not discussed. If he does not follow the basic rules of hygiene (and there are such people, they have met everyone, most likely), then neither mind nor beauty will help.
Not only on my attitude, but even on the salary of this person. Slides of Sergei Guriev's lecture on the economy of beauty are available online (http://www.slideshare.net/NewEconomicSchool/ss-12631178). I usually ask a student to give a short presentation outlining the essence of this lecture. Firstly, so that they do not have illusions, and secondly, so that they see that even such phenomena that are known to everyone, but seem not too worthy for scientific research, can still be studied. From my point of view, this phenomenon justifies tests and other impersonal forms of assessment. And in my youth I saw such a strange picture in a geophysical party. Scourges and seasonal workers are toddlers, although sometimes very tough and incredibly strong. But the leaders of the parties were all heroes, as if on selection. Like presidents of the United States (Wikipedia claims they were an inch taller on average than their rivals https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heights_of_presidents_and_presidential_candidates_of_the_United_States).
Let's paraphrase the Russian proverb "They hire according to their clothes, but they fire them according to their mind!"
Unfortunately, yes - especially the first 5-10 minutes of the first visual contact.
In the process of communication, appearance fades into the background.
It happens that a person immediately causes antipathy - the subconscious reads a lot of signs and gives a ready answer :-)))) Mistakes are rare.
It is more difficult with sympathies - even for a very nice-looking person, the ability to communicate is decisive :-)))
I need a long time to form an attitude towards a person, and appearance will practically not play a role here. Nevertheless, I can highlight the aesthetic perception, I definitely divide things and people into beautiful and not. I love what makes me feel beautiful. But this does not apply to my relationship to a person, a person may not interest me at all in any way, I will fall in love and pass by, or if this person is in my constant circle of friends, I may even have negative feelings towards him, but admire his appearance. My beauty is also separated from romantic feelings, I constantly admire different boys, but I don't even think about any connection with them or even just talking. Girls are generally a separate song, very often they are stunningly beautiful, plus all sorts of things like cosmetics, clothes, jewelry, a whole cosmos of beauty) I love clothes and cosmetics.
As for the attitude towards a person, I have seen beautiful people inwardly and beautiful and not. And neat and not. There is no direct relationship here. Most of all, I appreciate the beautiful and complex inner worlds, their significance for me is colossally more important than appearance, there is even no such question. Attitude is formed in the process of communication, and communication with a beautiful picture is no different from communication with an ugly picture. The beautiful must be contemplated, but you can communicate with anyone.
Frankly speaking, when meeting and communicating with a person, I really pay attention to his appearance. Not on his neatness, neatness and not on other attributes that depend on the person himself, but specifically on his, so to speak, natural component - on the appearance with which he was born and which he cannot change. It's no secret that a person's appearance directly depends on his lifestyle, on his health. If a person smokes and drinks, then the corresponding signs letting us know about this appear on his body. In particular, beer belly, rough skin, etc.
However, in all years there were people born with some kind of defects, acquired by them not in the process of life, but received from birth. These include, for example, the absence of some part of the body, a crooked face (one eye is larger than the other, a crooked nose, an irregular bite). But most of these defects can be corrected. Through the same plastic surgery.
A person's neatness usually depends on his financial condition. A girl, when a guy starts to get to know her, usually first of all looks at his clothes in order to understand his social and financial situation, to understand how much he earns and how much money he spends on himself. I try not to pay attention to it. Anything can happen, we meet many life difficulties on our way. We do not always have a lot of money in order to "dress up" ourselves normally.
The expression "appearance is not the main thing" has been heard by all of us once in our life. They say that appearance is not chosen, you have to look at the soul of a person. But in fact, we all pay attention to this. And it's very foolish to deny it. A clear connection between a person's appearance and his earnings has long been revealed. And if someone is worried about his appearance, he can always change it. If he does not, then only he is to blame for his complexes.
I agree with the previous answers, much is decided not by appearance, but by a person's care for themselves. As for the appearance, I want to add, yes, we all know that the inner world is what you need to pay attention to, etc. but for example, in order to get to this very inner world I need an attractive appearance of a person, I confess. At least just not repulsive. Yes, it probably sounds unpleasant, but here I am. I can't help myself ..
It often happened like this: at first glance, a person made a repulsive impression, but when he began to do or say what he was supposed to, as a professional, do or say, I forgave him his appearance instantly.
If the situation is the opposite - an outwardly unpleasant person is also rude and / or unprofessional, this intensifies my negativity.
It is not so much the appearance that affects the grooming and the ability to observe the proper style of clothing. Clean hair, nails, ironed, fresh clothes, logical for a particular meeting - these factors are important and reflect a person's attitude towards himself and others as well. It is much more pleasant to maintain any format of communication / relationship with well-groomed, self-conscious people than with people who neglect their own appearance. And appearance is not always the determining factor: a person can be beautiful, but vulgar, or not hygienic, etc.