Importance Of Proper Dressing In Modern Living In Nigeria
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-1-January-2007
Dressing is an act of putting on clothes and usually a means of expressing our individuality. Thompson
(2005) citing Kaiser (1997) opined that dressing is the total arrangement of all outward detectable
modification of the body and all material objects added to it. The implication of this is that dressing
which is an aspect of clothing is the external covering put on the body for different purposes. The way
an individual dresses is a tangible expression of an individual’s unique value system. Arubayi (2004),
enumerated the followings as reasons why people wear clothes: to protect, to cover their nakedness, to
enhance their beauty, to act as a form of comflage, to attract and seduce the opposite sex, to express
individual status, to conform, to manipulate, and to act as a form of identity. Vanderhoff (1988), John
and Foster (1998), stated that the dressing pattern of an individual is a “Sign language” that
communicates a complex set of information and is usually the basis on which impressions are formed.
What the individual wears also communicates moods, feelings, emotions, values and ideas through the
pervasive effects of art elements.