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22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
Institutions? We have casual style at work, so I suppose there aren't any institutions.
I work in a creative industry so I don't have a real work wardrobe per se. But when I go to a meeting in a bank, I am always more conservative.
I also hate how H&M and other fast fashion chains are making us lazy - everything is there within reach, copy a look, don't think about what you are buying, give in and have too much junk.
so I edit and have budgets for clothes and give a piece away for each I buy. this comes from HK and living in small spaces and moving countries often perhaps.
not at all, I think
at work in the above described way. in everything else i try to dress on purpose not too formal or elegant FOR an institution. If it happens I get angry at myself.
My college was a big influence. I live in a city and take public transportation to get around so comfort and warmth are a huge need. My position right now is an institution so I wear a uniform Monday through Friday. Some days are harder than others.
In New Zealand if you appear in the High Court if you are a woman you must wear a white collared shirt and a pair of black pants or a skirt. Your shoes must be black. Fortunately the area of law I practice means that I will probably never appear in the High Court. However, I did have to appear in the High Court when I was admitted to the bar as a barrister and solicitor. For a long time prior to my admission I toyed with the idea of fucking with the system a bit and wearing red shoes. In the end I didn't have the courage to do so (and probably had foresight not to!) But I decided that I somehow needed to break with tradition, in the most subtle way possible. I needed to do something that said "I have a little bit more personality than that!" And so, I bought a white shirt with a scalloped collar. It was barely discernible, and technically speaking I complied with all of the rules, but I still felt slightly good about the fact that I was fucking with the system, so to speak.
I just dress how I like but respecting places/occasions.
I think I'm definitely aware of things like "professional" and "appropriate" -- from whatever sources or experiences I may derive what that means, I try to keep it in mind while dressing (for work, mainly).
I work someplace where the dress code is "Business Casual," and that suits my style perfectly. I could never wear a suit and heels but I could never wear jeans to work either. I like somewhere in the middle.
I think a lot about how "artists" are supposed to dress, but it doesn't affect my choices.
I have a lot of ''working clothes'' I only wear when I go to work. :)
I had to wear a uniform for many years in school, and on free-dress days, would go really eclectic and rebel against it with messy hair and smudged eyeliner.
In college, I got a lot of free clothes, and had a more eclectic look that matched the institution.
In my first job, I worked at an arts college, and dressing for that was a nightmare. I had to look professional, yet creative, I was barely older than the students but had to have some kind of authority, I was broke, and I had to be comfortable.
For the first time, basically ever, I am not attached to an institution because I am a contractor. I can wear pretty much whatever. I feel like a bit of a blank slate with out an institution to conform to or rebel against.
I dno't think they do anymore
I'd say that they don't?
School has a strict uniform and outside of school I mainly visit casual places, so I don't dress up very often.
They don’t. I didn’t where a uniform in school and I don’t wear a uniform at work. I don’t adhere to dress codes.
I'm a female in a patriarchal society, so my gendered society allows me to wear "feminine" clothes, but tolerate also that i dress in a slightly masculine way, like wearing pants, but not too masculine, otherwise i could be identified as lesbian, butch or transgender, like if any of that was wrong, and get insulted or harrassed.
The same opposite happen if i dress in a too feminine way, or some what could say "sexy", "sluty", i would be misunderstood about my intentions either way. So clothes are totally political, they are never neutral, because they all happen in a certain context.