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The Psychology of Clothing: Why We Wear What We Wear

About nine months ago, Vanessa Friedman, the fashion director of the New York Times, said that the runway was blowing a new nude style. In the spring fashion week of 2023, low-waist skirts increased by 333%, and low-waist pants increased by 78%. %, see-through clothing increased by 10%. It shows that women feel they have the right to expose themselves however they want, “Exposed is not the same as vulnerability, but strength, the body is good as it is. The point of new nudity is not to provide the pleasure of looking, but a kind of A form of self-pleasure.”

In 1932, Mr. Qian Zhongshu wrote a book review called “Why Do People Wear Clothes”, which reviewed “The Psychology of Clothes” by Frogger. Frogger concluded that clothes violate the principle of reality and must be On the list of elimination, nudity culture is only a matter of time.

You can see the Chinese version of Fleuger’s book in the Chinese e-book library. According to him, we wear clothes for three purposes: to dress up, to conceal and to protect. The purpose of protection is easier to achieve, but when we dress up for the sake of dressing up and hiding our shame, we tend to be self-defeating. “Human beings have to show off on the one hand and cover up on the other.” These are two conflicting goals.

The American writer Naomi Blevin said that Tolstoy was obsessed with describing the costumes of the characters. He wrote that in the morning Natasha Rostov went to church in a lilac silk dress trimmed with black lace, That night, when Pierre visits the Rostovs, Tolstoy mentions that she wears the same dress, a detail that male writers seldom notice.

Tolstoy was good at describing clothes because he had some great gifts: his keen perception of things, his love of color and texture (in War and Peace the unfortunate Vereshchagin wears a was lynched in a battered blue coat against a fox), so although he thought married women should be chaste and modest, he reveled in dressing them: Anna Karenina in a low-necked black velvet ball gown trimmed with Venetian lace, A garland of pansies is worn in her hair, matching the black ribbon and lace that wraps around her waist.

Tolstoy was particularly fond of describing the moral character of his characters by describing their attire. At the beginning of Anna Karenina, when Oblonsky wakes up, his gray dressing gown trimmed with blue silk becomes evidence against him. Tolstoy has already told us that Oblonsky was an unfaithful husband whose golden Moroccan slippers testify to a self-indulgent man.

In Tolstoy’s works, clothes are never silent, they constantly express the character, wealth, power, and rank of the characters. Tolstoy pointed out that those people wore clothes that made people feel contrary to their original intention. They thought they were well dressed, but they did not expect that they showed their unattractive qualities of luxury, frivolity, ruthlessness, and lust. The same goes for Tolstoy himself, whose poor clothes don’t convey the message he wants to convey—when we see Tolstoy surrounded by believers in suits, he wears peasant clothes In a tunic, we still see right away that he is a great man.

The British psychologist Fulugel said in “The Psychology of Clothing” that the increase of Westerners’ sense of body shame came after the conflict between Greek and Roman civilizations. “Most of this increase is due to the influence of the Semitic tradition of Christianity, and it also gained momentum because the custom came from the northern invaders with a colder climate.” Christianity believes that there is a contradiction between the soul and the body, and attention to the body hinders the salvation of the soul. The easiest way to avoid thinking about the flesh is to hide the flesh. But if a certain part of the body is used to being exposed, if you cover it up, you will feel shy. For example, when a young woman wears clothes covering her legs for the first time in her life.

American scholar Paul Fussell said that both the middle class and the poor have a soft spot for new clothes, while the upper and upper-middle class people like to wear old clothes, as if to tell others that their social status can afford to lose their traditional dignity. The meticulous tidiness that is painstakingly achieved may be a manifestation of your concern about whether your social status will decline, or it may be due to your excessive concern for the evaluation of others. “Too well-dressed can make people look tacky. Take men’s bow ties, for example. Tied neatly and not skewed, it is middle-class taste; skewed to the side, as if due to carelessness or lack of knowledge, it is upper-middle class; If it is clumsy enough, it is undoubtedly the upper class.” The same is true for buying a car and posting photos in Moments, the more money you have, the more casual you are.

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