A Shirt is A Shirt
︎︎︎Published in Encens Magazine
A shirt is a shirt, is a shirt.
A dress is a dress, is a dress.
In 1929 the English psychologist and psychoanalyst John Carl Flügel set down a list of 24 questions in the hope of recording the prevailing attitudes to clothes. Four of them strike me as pertinent, thinking about the modern woman’s wardrobe of 2021:
Do you think that the clothes in which people work should be rather sombre or severe, or do you hold the view that they should be as attractive as possible (consistent with reasonable economy and convenience)?
How long does it take you to dress
(a) for your ordinary work?
(b) for a more festive occasion?
As regards your dress:
(a) Do you chiefly desire the admiration and approval of your own sex or the opposite sex?
(b) Do you chiefly fear the criticism and disapproval of your own sex or the opposite sex?
(c) Would you attach more importance to the advice of your own sex or the opposite sex?
Do you dress yourself carefully and with forethought (as opposed to putting on clothes without much attention as to how you will look in them)?