“The Dressed Body”

Posted on September 27, 2012


“In a similar way, women dressing up for a night out might wear a coat to cover up an outfit, such as a short skirt and skimpy top which might feel comfortable when worn in a night club but which would otherwise make them feel vulnerable when walking down the street late at night.”

“The professional woman is more likely to be conscious of her body and dress in public spaces of work than at home or in her private office.”

Dress and Embodied Subjectivity:

Everyday people dress for certain events and activities. Depending on what these activities intel leads to very diverse dress choices. However, before this reading I was not as aware of altering your dress throughout the day was not by habit but my thought or instinct. Certain more formal occasions require specific dress such as, the example of never wearing white to a wedding or dressing to impress to a job interview. I never looked at dress and a “code” and how much of a meaning it holds behind it in this type on context. These are just traditions that have been passed down and taught growing up and are not questioned by most. What if these traditions were challenged? We dress for occasions so that we fit in to the norm and won’t be judged by others. But why do we alter our dress depending on the space we are in?

I am most intrigued by the example of  bodily practices of dress. Why dedicate more time to get ready more than others. Are these events more important or is our more casual wear not worth the investment of time? It is interesting to see this from different viewpoints and see how people subconsciously alter their dress. Such as where we are and the different rules that apply to our location and dress. Such as, the example of women being more risque when with friends in a social atmosphere or nightlife setting but when walking down the street alone they would prefer to cover up. Many of the decision of our clothing is determined literally by the space we are going to be in and the surroundings you are in. If you were in the same clothing but your surroundings changed drastically would you want a wardrobe change?



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