CLOTHES, MORE THAN SOMETHING KEEPING YOU FROM BEING NAKED?

Why are you wearing those clothes today? Clothes do more then cover the body, they represent a part of the person wearing them.

Clothes are a very interesting term, what does the word clothes truly mean? Dictionary.com defines clothes as “garments for the body; articles of dress; wearing apparel.” After reading the definition of clothes I thought it meant that clothes are an object to cover up the human body. I received this same comment when I asked friends to answer the question, “Do your clothes represent who you are? Why or Why Not?” Out of the 13 students who I interviewed only three answered “No.” The three “No” responders all explained why clothes didn’t represent them with different answers. One stated that his clothes just kept him from being naked, another said, “whatever I can get at Wal-Mart,” and the last stated that her clothes may have names and symbols, the names and symbols don’t represent anything about her. The responses themselves indicate to me that their clothes do make a statement about themselves. The “No” responses together all state that they don’t put much value into clothing and that clothing shows a little part of them. Specifically the person who stated “whatever I can get at Wal-Mart” shows that he is cheap or feels there is not too many reasons to spend a lot of money on clothes. The odd thing is another person stated “yes”, but responded with the same reason of explanation as the person who stated “no.” Each person felt that they were cheap when it came to the clothing issue, and I fall into that category also. Most of my clothes are handed down, purchased from a garage sale, or received them free from playing soccer. I feel that my clothes show that I am cheap (spend money wisely) and also that I like soccer and Ohio State (ha ha Michigan). The first week of school most people assumed I play soccer because of the T-shirts that I wore. I was asked if I wanted to join in on a group of students who liked to play soccer. The only reason I was asked was because I had a soccer T-shirt on. People around me assume the T-shirt represents a part of who I am. Other people had different reasons on why their clothing does represent a part of them. Some say their clothes represent their favorite sports team, others concluded their clothes show their mood, and more determined that their clothes showed that they are lazy. The responses indicate that clothing does represent the person in some way. The people who responded with “no” showed in their response that their clothing does represent a part of them because their clothing shows they put little value in clothes. The term clothes mean something to cover the body and display a part of that person. The person could display a favorite team, name brand, or favorite sport. Whatever the clothing type, there is usually always something represented by what the person wears.

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Posted on: September 26, 2007 11:47 PM

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