- “Our clothes are too much a part of us to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul.”(Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)
According to Joanne Entwistle, the writer of The Dressed Body, she describes that “Our dress does not only belong to our bodies but to the social world as well.” What that means is people would expect seeing other wearing a white wedding dress while wedding day, people would expect to see workers wearing a jean or working suit when they come to the construction area. For me, it saying that the one’s identity could actually be revealed through their clothing. For instance, I like wearing an oversized hoodie and t-shirt, which says the fact that I like to wear something really comfortable and casual, but also not too disorganized.
- “Our dress does not only belong to our bodies but to the social world as well” (Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)
Based on the words from Entwistle, “Our clothes are too much a part of us to be entirely indifferent to their condition: it is as though the fabric were indeed a natural extension of the body, or even of the soul,” she mentions that people’s apparel is not just the material that attaches to their body but the expectation from the society. On the other hand, people could easily understand others by looking at their outfit. For me, I like wearing simple but a certain style and oversized clothing in the monochrome color, which somehow reveals my personality. The personality of a little bit of stubborn plus a cheerful mind. The reason for saying that is because I see oversized clothing as the symbol of casual lifestyle and view the certain style clothing as I having a little picky mind. For monochrome color, it stands for my lifestyle of simplicity.
- “These examples illustrate the way in which dress is part of the mirco-order of social interaction and intimately connected to our (rather fragile) sense of self which is, in turn.” (Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body”)
From this quote, I get the point that the social interaction has an extremely strong connection with our sense of who we really are. I think my parents and the American culture are the two main reasons that influence me became who I am today. My parents tend to pick the simple pattern clothing for me when I was little and taught me that this is how I should dressed in the future. On the contrary, when I came to the State around 4 years ago, I was influenced by my peers and teachers with their cheerful mind and the open-minded attitude, which is another reason that made me become who I am today. Thus, I think that moving to the US and got introduced to another completely different culture has changed my identity a lot, so I would take the opportunity of getting to know a brand new culture for granted. Last, I believe that simplicity and cheerful mind are the two elements that could represent my identities.