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admin you
@admin · Posted 19 Nov. 2020

Why do we wear clothes?


admin you
@admin · Posted 19 Nov. 2020

We wear clothes for two reasons:

  1. to protect our skin from the elements
  2. to help show our inner selves in a visible way to others

Since the first reason is obvious, let's elaborate on the second.

The clothing we wear is an extension of non-verbal communication. Ever noticed any of the following:

  • in some jobs people are required to wear uniforms, the message of that is ''you are here first to perform a task, your individuality comes second, you will look the same as the next guy
  • some people wear their uniforms in public, because their job is a status symbol, they communicate a message ''look what I do for a living!''
  • today at church I saw a man, age maybe late 50's, wearing a bright yellow sweater, colorful socks, a gold chain (on top of the sweater), black T-shirt, long hair, and he was stretching his hands, moving around, talking to others loudly throughout the service. Now, a church, just like other places of reverence require a specific garb, and reverent behavior is expected. What do you think was the message he tried to convey?
  • how about women who wear bold colored dresses (red. yellow) and a lot of flashy jewelry
  • how about women wearing all beige clothing, no adornments, hair in a pony tail
  • or men going grocery shopping in a 3 piece suit
  • how about someone showing up for a company Christmas party in dirty torn jeans and a wrinkled Tshirt

Clothing conveys a message about who we are, if we respect or disrespect others who see us at a special event, how or if we respect ourselves, and how we want others treat us.


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