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For girls the great acceleration in growth has passed its peak by middle adolescence, although some boys may still be growing rapidly. They are developing emotionally, mentally and socially, but are still far from the poised and popular adult. Both sexes seek increased approval from the peers. Adolescents become more conscious of grooming and personal appearance, particularly in terms of what will attract more attention from and admired by others. They want well-fitted, fashionable and expensive garments. Comfort and serviceability are sacrificed for the sake of style and fashion. They seek acceptance and approval of the peer group. This tends to develop within them a deep conservation and tendency to conform. They embrace clothing as means of demonstrating their conformity. They are greatly interested in clothing and concerned with their physical appearance. Clothing becomes a means of expressing personality.
A person becomes an adult between 18-21 years of age. A person is mature enough to select the clothes on the basis of income, status, occupation, climate, age, sex, occasion and fashion. A well-dressed person not only appears capable to others but also feels more confident and capable himself. A man's wardrobe is different from a woman. Man's wardrobe includes clothes for business, sports and formal wear. Complete wardrobe for a man includes shirts, trousers, shorts, socks, ties, shoes, nightwear and suit. To an extent of a woman's wardrobe depends on her husband's income, her social activities and her profession. Workingwoman needs more clothes as compared to a housewife. Those who are socially active also require more clothes than a housewife.
A esthetically, clothing can serve three functions for the older person,
Call attention to one's good features
Camouflage poor features
Give a psychologist lift
Older women may have a sagged bust line, increased waist and hip measurements, and rounded shoulders. Therefore, camouflage is necessary; less extreme lines and styles and looser dresses are generally pleasing. Due to change in colour of hair and skin, different colours may now be flattering. Designs, which emphasize the waist, are generally not becoming.
Knowing the body shape is essential for dressing appropriately for the age. Get in front of a full-length mirror and try on all the clothes in the closet. Get rid of anything that is too tight and too revealing.
Stick with the classic looks. A well-tailored salwar kameez of different styles or blouse with sari always has been in vogue in India.
Follow trends in small doses, do it with accessories such as jewellery and scarves. Wearing a few accessories show that one is still fashion forward but not a slave to clothing trends.
Choose clothing that fits the body. Buy button- down shirts that fit both the neck and arm measurements, get the pants tailored and don't wear anything that is too tight or too loose.
Avoid double-breasted suits.
Wear appropriate casual clothing. Choose jeans and khakis with straight-cut leg and collared cotton polo shirts.
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