Is Fashion Necessary in Day to Day Living?
The use of style is not confined to the workplace or the sartorial world. Judges and military personnel wear uniforms and brides wear long, white dresses. Styles create stereotypes, influence relationships, and influence success. The answer may surprise you. There is an endless supply of fashion and trends. But do these trends serve a practical purpose? Here are a few reasons why. We should look beyond our innate desire to look attractive.
Styles create stereotypes
While gender is the most obvious cue for stereotypic thinking, styles are also created by other factors. For example, the appearance of one person may be more attractive than another, but these attributes may not have a direct effect on the way people think. According to Blair and Banaji, “we often create our stereotypes based on the way we perceive and think of people of other genders.”
Several research studies have looked at how we perceive other races. Mueller, a social psychologist, has studied the ways we view blacks and Africans in popular culture and written Measuring Social Attitudes. Other researchers have studied how we create images of people of color and their role in our day-to-day lives. Roorbach, an American humorist, has also written a book on the ways in which cultural images create stereotypes.
Styles affect self-esteem
Interestingly, different styles can influence self-esteem. Wearing different clothing can cause us to act and think differently. For instance, wearing a white lab coat can make us think and behave like a doctor. People who dress like a doctor tend to behave more in a manner consistent with their profession. Hence, different styles can influence how we feel about ourselves. Whether we need them in day-to-day living or as a form of self-expression depends on our sense of style.
Styles influence relationships
Whether you’re dating someone new or you’ve been in a relationship for years, understanding how styles influence relationships is vital to maintaining a positive dynamic. Attachment styles include anxious and resourceful. Anxious attachment styles tend to be preoccupied and prioritize the relationship over themselves. On the other hand, resourceful attachment styles are often open and honest with their partners and seek out connections. When in doubt about a partner’s style, consider seeking individual counseling to understand what drives them.