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22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
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)
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.