A quote from Lemony Snicket http://imgur.com/Gj2EejD
The question should be, why shouldn't they? If appearance wasn't an issue, why would anyone wear a suit to an interview? Comb their hair? Trim their nose hairs? Pluck their nose hairs? Shape their eyebrows? Moisturize their skin? Exercise daily? Count their calories? Spend money on new clothes? Plan out their outfit? I mean, it would be perfectly fine to show up to a wedding in a Hawaiin shirt, cargo shorts, and sandals WITH SOCKS!
Your appearance says a lot about you given a small margin of error. You showed up to an interview covered in paint because on the way, a construction worker tipped over a pail of paint above the scaffolding which spilled all over you. But if you show up to an interview in a bikini, it can be concluded that you made the decision to do so.
Just like being morbidly obese can tell someone you lack self control, discipline, responsibility , and most likely constantly in a state of denial. The last one being the most detrimental to success in a team environment. I've had really bad experiences which I had to fire someone quite a few time. One which I remember really well was due to the extreme harassment of a new young female hire.
if your hair was unkempt and your clothes wrinkly, one can assume how your work space is going to look like.
Just things like that.