Lifestyle — 11 July 2013

Why do people wear clothes

Clothes are a part of our identity. It is solely human invention as no other species wear clothes. There are many different reasons behind covering our bodies with clothes and it has gone through several changes and huge evolution. Primitive people did not bother to cover all their private parts. They used to roam naked and even today if we look at some tribal people we can observe that they decorate their bodies with tattoos and colors instead of wearing clothes. Clothes differentiate men and women. The female body is covered to evoke interest among men and create an aura of mystery regarding the private parts that cannot be seen.

The fashion and porn industries are reaping the benefits of clothes. If there were no clothes then there would have been no mystery or interest in uncovering or baring the female body parts. It is true that clothes have some practical functions as well. Different cultures have their traditional clothes and garbs which help them identify with each other. There are temples and religious places where short-skirts and cropped pants are not allowed. This is because from time immemorial clothes have been used to cover up sexuality. Women are often advised and even blamed for wearing skimpy and sexually provoking clothes, as if being skimpily dressed gives men the right to tease women in public.

Clothes are required to cover our bodies against the harmful effects of the adverse weather. We need to wear heavy clothes that protect us against cold wind or harsh sun rays. Clothes are also associated with personality and beauty. People wear costly, branded clothes to look elite and stylish. Uniforms are also clothes used to identify members of a particular group and their position. From a necessity clothes have evolved into a way of showing off wealth and opulence.


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Anupam Jolly

With a bachelor’s degree in technology and over five years of experience in online content generation and distribution, Anupam Jolly has been creating and editing content spanning across a variety of domains. An avid environmentalist, Anupam Jolly believes that if humans can degrade the environment, they can save it from disaster too.

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