DOES YOUR DRESSING DETERMINE YOUR SOCIAL STATUS
However, without limiting our scope to Nigeria alone, does the way we dress determine who we are and the position we occupy in the social circle? Let us not decide hastily. Let us go on a journey of discovery to be sure whether it does or not.
In Europe, in times past, the dressing of the serfs was completely different from the bourgeoise. This was because they were completely of different social classes and dressing was used as a means of social stratification. Also, in England, the dressing of the royals was completely different from that of the commons.
However, as things have evolved and things have begun to change, does the dress which you wear determine the social class or status which you belong to? Well, not entirely. This is because, it has been discovered that the world richest men ranging from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have not been seen to be wearing expensive or flashy clothes. Coming down to Nigeria, Africa’s richest man in the person of Aliko Dangote has not been seen to be wearing clothes that exude immense wealth or social status. This is only a few out of the rich men of this world who have not been seen to be wearing clothes that show immense wealth.
After examining these, the question that will be on the mind of the reader is that what of the dresses that are worn by people who live in poor and war-torn countries; does it not determine the social status that they belong to? Yes, of course, you’re right. However, to counter those views, there have been instances of people who do not have enough or who are below average on the economic ladder who lend dresses from their rich friends and relatives in order to look rich and wealthy to a function. Does their dressing make a true representation of their social status?
At this juncture though, it is important that we do not deny the fact that although the dress one wears might be a determinant of the social class one belongs to, it is not a true representation of the social class one belongs to because anyone can appear in a fantastic borrowed dress and still be a pauper. The most important thing is to be yourself and stay true to who you really are.