The way we see ourselves and the way we present ourselves is a topic so many times left aside. It is so normal to get up every normal and think of what you have to do and get dressed, get ready to go out to the world and be in contact with other people, and not think of what it means to do this and the implications it has.
There’s other people out there who make their minds about you, who get an idea of you and who are expecting something out of you, something you can fulfill, you can disappoint or maybe you can succeed. The moment you put on a piece of clothing, you are somehow indicating something to everyone around you, and most importantly, you are indicating to yourself that you want to be seen in a certain way.
No wonder we worry so much about other people. A few posts ago I wrote about why we care so much about what other people think of us. And I also made a post about what beauty is. But now I think about why we choose the clothes we choose every morning (or whatever time you get ready at) and what we’re thinking about when we get dressed.
Now, to be honest, this is a topic I am most definitely interested in and that’s why our (my partner and I) whole thesis to graduate sociology was on this topic. The fact that when we get dressed means we are mainly going somewhere, otherwise we would stay in our pajamas or whatever indicates the very social importance fashion has for human kind. We often think where we’re going, what we’re going to do there, who we’re going to meet, how is the situation most probably going to develop; and all of these element make a meaning out of what we wear.
Of course, it’s not only these elements; there are many other elements just as important to take notice to understand how personal and how social (as dialectic as that can be) the clothing we wear can be. We get dressed according to what we think of ourselves, what we were raised to be like, or how we’re going to rebel. We wear what we like, we buy things we identify with, we somehow manage to mix everything we THINK everyone is expecting of us and everything we like, according to a situation, the people you’re going to meat, the weather, the colors that “suit you” and everything else. We mix all of this and create an outfit out what we have in our closets.
Everyone does this. And there’s a reason we all do it in a certain way so that we end up looking alike or different. Imitation and distinction suddenly make their own order in the fashion system. You can click there and see what I’ve written before about that. And then there are sets of trends that suddenly appear in fashion; the magazines write about them, the bloggers present them, follow them and create them, and then, fashion continues to exist.
Do you have any thoughts on this topic? How do you get dressed in the morning? Please don’t hesitate to comment, let’s get the conversation going!