Clothing And Identity And Social Class

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Clothing is used to represent both identity and social class in very similar ways. Identity is one of the most compelling and contentious conceptions. Individuals declare who they are through what they wear. One’s appearance reveals their gender, race, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, age, and personal interests. Expressing yourself and who you are can be challenging to put into words, therefore it is a lot easier to show who you are through the way you dress. For centuries, clothing has been a principal for identifying oneself by occupation, regional identity, religion and social class (Arvanitidou, n.d.). Clothing allows one to transform their social body, however this can create separation or deviation from other social groups which then contributes to the creation of subgroups (Voss, 2008). Fashion and identity is often theorised in terms of sub groups, in which clothing and style are seen as markers of the boundaries of a group (Polhemus 1994, Evans 1997). There are many ways in which people feel the need to express themselves through clothing such as: economic class, religious beliefs, social status and many more. The quote “Fashion provides one of the most ready means through which individuals can make expressive visual statements about their identities” (Bennet, 2005).

Subculture groups allow people that share the same interests such as music, style and similar likes and dislikes into specific groups that they will fit into. One of the most important and…
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