'Clothes make the man' is an old saying, which we accept as a without giving it much thought. Clothes not only 'make the man', but also affect the facial features and the body. Clothing takes the form of symbols used by individuals as a tool for social interaction. This forms non-verbal communication. Climate has obviously played an important role in determining the necessity for inventing the various kinds of clothing worn by humanity. The temperate zones are responsible for clothing which covers substantially the entire body. Clothing protects the wearer against, heat, cold and sand storms.
� The fixed
� The modish
The fixed are substantially permanent and are not subject to fashion changes but vary with each locality. The modish type predominates in the western countries and changes rapidly in point of time over all parts of the world, which are subject to fashion changes.
Clothing is useful in protecting the body and providing comfort.
Clothing itself is self-expression.
Clothing indicates prestige.
Clothing is ornamental or possesses aesthetic qualities.
Clothing has qualities, which tend to attract the opposite sex.
Four theories have been developed and they provide some 'food for thought' and the opportunity to think critically about clothing.
Modesty Theory : It suggests that people first wore clothing to cover or conceal the 'private' parts of the human body. The modesty theory is based on the idea that morality is dependent upon modesty, as expressed through the concealment of the human body.
Immodesty Theory : Immodesty theory or sexual attraction explain that individuals may have first worn clothing in order to attract attention to, rather than to conceal, the sexual organs.
Adornment Theory : This theory refers to the decorative nature of clothes and other forms of appearances; modifications for purposes of display, attraction or aesthetic expression.
Projection Theory : This theory suggests that clothes protect humans from the elements, animals or even supernatural forces.
Right clothes are necessary for health, poise and self-respect. An individual who lives within a planned budget is usually happier, more contented, than one who spends the money as one earns it. It is true, our desire or wants are unlimited. Our needs are comparatively few. While adjustment for needs are essential and important in family life, catering to mere wants is undesirable for development of personality. There is a difference between 'wants' and 'needs'. A good clothing plan may include both.