OUTFIT

From the olden times man had worn something to protect himself from heat and cold. In olden days they may be leaves of trees and after that man invented clothes, because man is the only creature on earth that wear something to cover nakedness.

Outfit is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity or epoch. Outfit means the act of fitting out or equipping a set of tools or equipment especially for the practice of a trade or a clothing ensemble often for a special occasion or activity or physical, mental, or moral endowments or resources.

Dress and fashion can be used not only to symbolize culture, religion or spirituality, but it can also be used as a tool of oppression as well as liberation. For many people, outfit is an expression of personality, faith, choice and identity. It can also deeply affect one’s spiritual self and help connect the wearer to her inward self.

Marco Pallis describes the significance and meaningfulness between outfit and spiritual identity and how, according to him, outfit ranks among the most important but least analyzed sites of colonization. He is particularly interested in analyzing outfit as a component of spirituality. He writes that “of many things that a person puts to use in the pursuit of her earthly vocation, there are none perhaps, which are so intimately bound up with her whole personality as the clothes she wears”. The first thing that Pallis note tells is how outfit greatly modifies the appearance of a person and even his/her facial characteristics.

The most obvious function of outfit is to protect the wearer from the elements. In hot weather, outfit provides protection from sunburn or wind damage. In the cold it offers thermal insulation. Shelter can reduce the functional need for clothing. For example, coats, hats, gloves and other outer layers are normally removed when entering a warm place. Similarly, outfit has seasonal and regional aspects, so that thinner materials and fewer layers of outfit are generally worn in warmer regions and seasons than in colder ones.

Outfit performs a range of social and cultural functions, such as individual, occupational and gender differentiation, and social status. In many societies, norms about outfit reflect standards of modesty, religion, gender, and social status. Outfit may also function as adornment and an expression of personal taste or style.

Outfit protects against many things that might injure or irritate the uncovered human body, including rain, snow, wind, and other weather, as well as from the sun. Outfits that are too sheer, thin, small or tight offer less protection. Appropriate clothes can also reduce risk during activities such as work or sport. Some outfits protects from specific hazards, such as insects, noxious chemicals, weather, weapons, and contact with abrasive substances.

Outfit has a deep influence on human behavior. A person who is not dressed according to prevalent fashion or season is mocked at. For example, a person wearing a woolen suit in summers would be a source of laughter. It has a deep influence on adolescents. On one hand, they want to dress up fashionably while on the other hand, they are pressurized by family values. If they do not dress up according to the latest fashion, they are mocked at due to they develop inferiority complex, whereas proper outfit inculcates a feeling of self-confidence and self control which is very essential for the all round personality development.

Outfits enhance our personality, in fact outfits makes a man. Outfits, more than any other factor adds to the development of overall personality. The outfit of a person helps others to recognize who he or she is. For example, we can easily identify the school of a child by his uniform. Similarly, nurses, doctors, advocates and soldiers all have their distinctive uniform which defines their social role.

Dressing reflects the nationality, culture, character, etc. of the wearer. It is an indispensable social condition to use some kind of outfit because one cannot live naked in the society. In order to be civilized we will have to wear a reasonable outfit for various reasonable works.

In Europe good outfit is the first condition for being a gentleman. It adds to our personality, sophistication and well being. A man with a great outfit is better appreciated in service-interviews. He feels psychologically better. According to some people, it is said that we should not judge people by their looks or outfits but unfortunately we are judged. Thus, our outfit must be presentable, comfortable and reasonable according to the will of God.

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