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Types of Clothing and Their Functions

3/26/2012 9:40:50 AM | by Anonymous


One of the early clothing is animal skins which were used to protect the body from intense heat and cold weather conditions. It was also used as a cover against animal and insect bites. Today, we dress ourselves up for various reasons.


Several types of clothing are available to match the occasion or event we are going to attend. Dresses for women and formal wears for both sexes are suitable for use in offices unless the company provided a uniform for their employees. People wearing formal outfits can also be seen on wedding celebrations and prom.


For institutions like school and hospital, it is typical to see the students, practitioners and employees there wearing uniforms. The primary reason why school regulates the use of uniform is to keep the kids safe and create a school atmosphere. On the other hand, hospitality and food service industry personnel are provided with specially designed outfit to create branding for the company. It allows the employees to be easily recognized by the customers. Another advantage of wearing uniform is the feeling of equality and sense of belongingness among colleagues.


The way people dress up also reflects a person’s social status and cultural belongings. There is a stipulation of dress for different religion. The head of religious groups has special clothing requirement to distinguish them from the layman. During the ancient times, the nobles or rulers’ attires are distinct and recognizable. Today, we can distinguish the wealthy by how luxurious their clothes are.


There are clothing designed to use in certain tasks like apron which is used when cooking and protective gears used by construction staffs. We get to wear unusual clothes or costumes on events like festivals and masquerade parties.


To sum it all up, clothing have different functions and significance. What we wear creates an initial impression of who we are but it should not be used as a basis of our personality.

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