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    Are we natural(ourselves) with clothes on or are we natural(ourselves) with our clothes off. How do clothes affect our psychology and/or our behavior? The answer cannot be given in one sentence, but I am patient.


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    We are "natural" either way.

    Your clothes do say allot about you as bright colored clothing shows that you are gregarious, dark colors show that your more introverted as two examples. Now that always doesn't hold true for winter time most people wear darker clothes and that doesn't mean they they are introverts but are only wearing the type of clothes that keep them the warmest.

    Many times people will wear suits which show that they are self confident and gain respect even if they do not deserve it. Those are a few examples that I can come up with perhaps others will join in and explain further.


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    There are also cultural effects. Different cultures have different expectations about appropriate behaviours and appearance e.g. display rules, dress norms etc. In indigenous tribal cultures, it might be a little weird to see someone walk around in a shirt. In others it might be offensive not to. In some cultures it might be assumed that your clothes get a little soiled during the day because of the type of work people typically do within the region. In others it might imply uncleanliness. These are the kinds of cues about appropriate behaviours and appearance members of a society pick-up during enculturation. If you are put in a situation where you are unable to conform to the norms, or are unfamiliar with the dress codes within a certain culture you probably will feel the effects of sticking out like a sore thumb.
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    I wear clothes for warmth and/or decoration.
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    I have noticed some people like wearing uniforms to support their sense of group identity.
    I have also noticed that the more ridiculous a religion is the bigger and sillier their hats tend to be.
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    Clothing is very much the product of climate and culture. In colder climates, people tend to wear more clothing while in very warm climates, the opposite holds true.

    The construction of the clothing, however sparse, is often a good indicator of the status of an individual within their peer group or community. In some cultures, conformity is the normal while in others, individual expression comes into play, especially as children become adolescents and young adults.

    The color of clothing and adornment opens up a whole new dialogue because there is a whole language attached to color which varies between cultures. An interesting thread topic.
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    I think as the cultures are dissolving in cities the variety of clothing maybe on the decline. A cosmonauts space suit is also a type of clothing. I want to get in the psychology of individuals who were the clothes. What they think of themselves when they wear something trendy or otherwise? Why do they select a particular type of clothing?Why the Santa Claus dress makes us smile?Why the cop in uniforms are respected. I mean there are whole lot of emotions attached to the dress. Man being different from animals has chosen to wear clothes that are decent and evoke gentle response from the looker. I want to write more on this but I would like to get views of others first.
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    There is nothing that ruins an evening more than being underdressed or overdressed for an occasion.

    I live in a northern rural area with dirt roads and snow. The hardest part about dressing up is shoes! Ever tried to walk up a gravel driveway in spike heels? Women are always carrying their shoes to events in little plastic bags. Skidoo boots are not terribly glamorous.

    I heard an interesting blurb about funeral attire in different cultures, that white is more common in east Asian countries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parag29081973 View Post
    I think as the cultures are dissolving in cities the variety of clothing maybe on the decline.
    I suspect you're right. Additionally a very modern lifestyle anywhere on Earth will supersede the local climate. How's the weather in the shopping mall or minivan where?


    I have wondered about people a century or two ago. They took great care of their clothing, often restitching seams, buttons, adding patches, etc. Also they must have taken great not to abuse their clothes. Like, manual labourers wore clothing we'd consider "nice". Today, we accept that clothes will get trashed by hard use, so your modern carpenter wears the kind of materials you wouldn't find on coal miners of 1900. I guess because fabric is relatively cheap?
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    Why do we refuse to wear a uniform in college? Does a particular dress have any effect on the psychology of a person?Are under wears for comfort of body or ego?Is it possible that a person has memories associated with a particular dress?
    Personal experiences- I had a professor in college who always used to wear white shirt and white trousers. I had a friend who always wore a red cap irrespective of weather. I had a friend who always ironed his clothes(even the under wear). I have a friend who uses a zip instead of buttons.
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    I think perhaps the first psychological aspect of clothing tends to be modesty. If you look at very young children they haven't developed a sense of modesty and thus are quite happy to be naked, this sense of modesty develops from the parents attitudes first and then the society at large which surrounds them, thus as they grow older they develop this same sense of needing to be clothed that most of us as adults do indeed take for granted today.

    Given that modesty and the protection their of is our primary reason for being clothed, that indeed being primary for most of us if not quite everybody as some people perhaps do exhibit less inhibitions than others if you'll pardon the pun, practical aspects seem to then come into play about the types, colours and styles of clothing people choose. This seems to be far more about reflecting a persons image and place in society than it does really about comfort in most cases, how often do we see women in high heels because they choose to value style over comfort?

    Also the same might be said for uniforms, a uniform may be far less warm or comfy than a pair of sweat pants and t-shirt but if makes the wearer feel more secure then to them this is a more important consideration and the same again goes for aspects of conformity. Many people just simply wouldn't dream of turning up at their place of work without a shirt and tie, this is because they wish to conform to the expected normality of dress code. A shirt and tie has nothing to do with warmth or comfort.

    It can be perhaps most readily understood how and why people dress in a particular manner from the way others perceive them or how at least they believe others are perceiving them from the clothes they are wearing. People in uniforms can and do gain confidence from their perception of the way ordinary people tend to accept uniforms of affording the wearer authority.

    Removing clothing from people is also a bit like stripping away their identity, clothes tend to be an outward expression of how a person feels about themselves but also how they define and differentiate themselves from others. Take the clothes away from people and there no longer is any discernible differentiation between people, thus everyone becomes anonymous and for most this isn't a pleasant experience as people tend to value their uniqueness as makes up an important part of their own sense of self worth.
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    In Canada, 9 out of 10 clothing items serve some practical purpose, mainly staying warm, staying dry, and not falling down.
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    The meaning of particular colors or styles of clothing differ with culture often quite sublely. In the northern half of the US, no adult male wears white leather shoes unless it is part of a uniform, as in say a registered nurse. However in the south white shoes may be considered stylish.
    I dress in a particular way for work; button down shirt in a solid color or mild print, chinos, leather shoes with high traction soles, sports coat. I am the night supervisor and admissions nurse in a free standing psychiatric hospital. Every item is chosen with its psychological impact carefully in mind. I need to inspire confidence and personafy authority and yet appear approachable and non threatening. The high traction soles of my shoes are practical, when I need to move I can do so quickly and effectively. The only jewelry I wear is designed to be unobtrusive and to break away easily. I wear no rings. You see one "degloving injury" you will not wear rings either. Also rings are a pain if you need to wash your hands a 2-3 times an hour.
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    Can we imagine ourselves without clothes? Is it human need to wear clothes? Do we look more beautiful with our clothes on? Do we appreciate beauty because we wear clothes?
    I wear clothes because without them my identity is not complete.
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    Never paid much attention to clothes. Wore blue jeans and plaid shirts before the Army, green while in the Army, now mostly blues when on fire department duty, bright yellow on search and rescue. When off duty I wear practical mostly natural color cargo pants/shorts, often merino wool, a good insulating layer and rain gear (I spend much time outside). It's all about Identification when on duty and function to me. Could care less about anything else. Couldn't care and usually don't notice clothes on others either, aside from a welcome mental note when girls show a bit of skin on a nice spring day after a long rainy bundled winter.

    I do note when folks seem to make a big deal of what someone looks like and usually assume the one making a big deal out of it is shallow and really don't have their priorities straight.

    There was one notable exception about clothing--I found it useful to pay attention to it in Iraq because it was quite useful to identify tribal affiliations.

    We likely evolved our lack of body hair in coevolution with wearing of clothing--so it's essential.
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    Do clothes cover imperfections of our body? Do clothes give us freedom? Very interesting questions.
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    Clothing serves many purposes, not the least of which is protection of our bodies from the climate and terrain. In more favorable locations, we can wear less clothing while extremes of climate may require
    specialized garments.

    Certain vocations have a mandated wardrobe, as example clergy and military organizations.

    Clothing is frequently gender specific and different cultures also have special clothing for various functions as witness the commercial culture that surrounds the wardrobe requirements for western weddings as just one example.

    Individuality is expressed through one's choice of wardrobe and accessories, most noticeable through the late teens and early adult years.

    The culture of commerce tends towards more conservative styles cut from finer cloth with attention focused on fit and suitability to occasion.
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    Apart from a few suits. my clothing has to be ordained with a Nike or Adidas logo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhDemon View Post
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    Especially on a trip to McDonalds dude.
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