Why do you dress the way you do? A simple, yet important question.
For many of you (as fashion-bloggers), I imagine your answer is to create beauty and exercise your creativity. I grasp that. Yesterday, however, I noticed that there are other people who dress for different reasons.
Many people (most men, a few women) dress simply to cover their bodies. They barely care what they put on; they're just fulfilling society's dictate to wear clothes. You can see this attitude in their carefree (and even careless) choices of what they wear.
Some people, who are unwilling to admit this if they're even conscious of it, dress to display their class-status. Most societies, including our own, have distinct class-structure and people announce their affiliation with (or aspiration for) a particular class by the clothes they choose. Brand-selection and price are important signifiers of this.
Let me tell you something interesting. Psychologists who study young children have learned that kids think gender is something external -- that if you wear the clothes of one gender, the clothing makes you that gender. They don't associate gender with body-parts or internal psyche. It isn't until later in life when adults "teach" them otherwise that they view gender differently.
This explains why, when I was four and wrapped a bath-towel around my waist, I actually thought that made me a girl. My confusion was when adults didn't accept my pronouncement that I was a girl. They corrected and mocked me. Then they forbid me from expressing myself in feminine ways.
When I dress in women's clothes now, I often do it with childlike innocence. In my mind, the clothes allow me to believe I am female. My imagination opens and unfurls into infinite scenarios in which I am female. The clothes, mere scraps of cloth, are my ticket to ride.
Why do you dress the way you do?