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22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?

I've been breaking institutional standards for clothing since my mid-teens. I bristle at rules.

My parents and their church have very definitive standards for modest, feminine dress. I've rejected those.

My professional career in IT technology started in the Bible Belt. I remember a female mentor telling me to wear a navy blue skirt suit with hose to job interviews. I scored an interview, and I wore black slacks with an orange printed top. They hired me.

Not much. I don't like being told what to do or being pressured to be a certain way and so normally ignore expectations.

I think they so not affect me, but I am not sure.

not quite I think.

I guess I would try to be appropriate within reason

not at all

Not much other than at my work its a dresscode i have to follow.

I have to dress in uniform for my job. I bring my own clothes to and from work so that mentally I don't feel like I am working as I am travelling.

Banks require full corporate wear except Fridays. Some religious institutions call for modesty. I comply within my personal boundaries of fashion

I rebel against them.

Policies set in place will obviously change it, but I’ll also sort of adapt to the environment a little bit. Pick things up here and there.

I buy from only one online shop. I am totally committed.

Institutions with dress codes affect the way women feel about their bodies, in my opinion. They teach women from a young age that we are sexual objects, and to dress modestly for the convenience of others. Institutions that sell clothing often only depict models of one body type, which I feel like also encourages us to cover our own bodies in shame. I personally don't take these things to heart. Women should wear what they're comfortable wearing.

no

I used to be a student and I wear student uniform.

The word "institution" is a disturbing word to me. It connotes conforming to ridiculous rules, time-cards, robotic and a caged-animal mentality. I purposefully avoid places that one might term "an institution", except for the Smithsonian Institution, for example.

They do not.

I have to wear a uniform to work.

at this point, very little.

I'm at an art school at the minute and that heavily influences how creative you are with how you dress. No matter what you wear, there will always be someone who is challenging the norms more than you.

I dress appropriately to the situation, except when I don't (and that is appropriate for me when I am making an exception I think needs making)

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