Sometimes, the answers are already there…
buried too deep inside, sleeping with our unconsciousness…
Most of them think that it’s important because it’s the first thing people notice from us. I began to wonder and posted a story on my Instagram asking people “What does ‘outfit’ mean to you”, and here are some of their answers:
“Something that is worn.” —Y
An outfit is a thing that we wear to cover our body.
“Very important! We could get sick or stress if we don’t wear any.” —-M
An outfit’s primary function is to keep our skin protected from the environment, whether from the weather, radiation, insects bites, or different kind of activities that require us to be protected, such as cooking, sport, etc.
“Show to people who I am.” — H
Aside from its primary function, an outfit can also be used as a symbol, identity, social norm and can be different in various culture. What we wear can show our identity, where we come from, our culture, our job, and maybe… who we are.
“Tool to express me.” — O
Some of us wear outfits to express ourselves, our personality, our interests, our mood, etc. While some other people may wear it as a mask to cover and hide their true selves.
“Covers my physical insecurities.” — A
We wear outfits that look good on us and make us feel comfortable. It can cover our physical insecurities and also expose our feature we like the most.
“Armor. Armament.” — M
We wear an outfit as an armor not only to protect our skin from nature but also as a defense shield to face our social environment. Whether you like it or not, our physical appearance is the first thing people see. We can get bullied or praised because of our outfit.
We can also wear an outfit as an armament (weapon) to help us get what we want. We often wear an outfit and our physical appearance to attract people, to get jobs, opportunities, etc.
An outfit can boost our confidence but can also be a backfire weapon which triggers our insecurities. It depends on how comfortable we are with ourselves and our surrounding’s reaction.
Some of us wear an outfit as a mask to cover our true personality or our feeling at the moment. The outfits I wear reflect a part of my personality or my mood but not always completely. There were times for example at work, I wear certain things to help me play along with my role.
There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to seeing the choice of the look people wear.
I prefer to see an outfit as a visualization of our choice. It compiles our thoughts, decisions, actions, and everything related to our experiences. Everyone will react differently even when they face a certain similar experience.
Most of us couldn’t help but to naturally judge or analyze people by their appearance. I think it’s our defense mechanism to protect us from the unknown. We feel more comfortable when we know something even a little.
Even though we define our own choices, but often traumas, pains, and insecurities disconnect us with our consciousness. We unconsciously act a certain way to defend ourselves, to escape from our pains.
An outfit doesn’t define who we are, but our choice is a part of us. It’s our choice to express or hide things to feel secure and comfortable. I believe that if we raise our self-awareness, be more conscious of our choices, and be more in tune with ourselves, we can find a way to face and solve our problems.
If there’s a chance to wake the unconsciousness,
would you consciously dare to hear the answers that lie with it?
What’s your least favorite color? Have you ever tried to wear your least favorite colors in your least favorite weather? Do you think it would make your day gets worse?
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