Personal Adornment Reflection

I have grown up with a lot of beliefs and values, but very few related to dress. I don’t think much about dress because I feel that there are way more important things in life. When it comes to my beliefs and values, I have always been a huge believer in the idea that less is more. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I have never dyed my hair, and I dress pretty conservatively. I don’t have any body piercings, although I did at one time, and I have no tattoos. I do believe to some extent that your looks reflect who you are, as unfair as that may be. I feel like that is why I tend to dress more plain that out there. Material things are not a priority for me, so I have never been into fashion. I don’t spend the time or money getting my hair or nails done, or applying a lot of makeup because looks aren’t that important to me. I dress conservatively because I want people to respect me. I think it is important to be able to see your employer on the street, and not be worried that you are dressed inappropriately. I really value my body and that is why I have never gotten a tattoo. I don’t judge others who get tattoos and I have many friends with them. For me personally, nothing is important enough to me to permanently ink on my body.

A lot of the choices I make concerning dress have to do with my family and friends as well as beliefs I have developed through experience. I knew a lot of girls in high school who wore small amounts of clothing, wore a lot of makeup, and they didn’t always get the respect they deserved because of it. Seeing things like this has really shaped my beliefs. I also come from a town where conservative meant classy. Girls were called tramps if they showed a lot of skin, cleavage, or had tattoos. I went through a stage in high school where I loved getting piercings. I got my belly button, nose, cartilage pierced in the same school year. For me it was a way to break out and do something exciting, exert my independence and show that I was old enough to make my own decisions.

My dad is very conservative while my mom has been on the crazier side, so I have experienced both worlds. My dad is very successful and respected, so I value his opinions on how a girl should dress. I grew up seeing my mom get different tattoos and they just never looked good to me. The friends I surround myself with vary. I have a lot of friends who are like me and don’t care much about what they wear because it is not a priority. I also have friends who love going shopping, dressing up, and taking the extra time to make sure their hair and makeup is perfect. I think that another big reason I dress the way I do is from seeing these friends. It is more fun hanging out with the people who don’t care, because we can run around and not worry about ruining our hair, or having uncomfortable shoes. The more fashionable friends take forever to get ready which causes the rest of us to wait around. I understand not wanting to like grubby, but I personally believe life is too short to spend it worrying about how you look. I choose to wear clothes that flatter my body, aren’t too revealing, but are comfortable and practical at the same time. This gives me the respect I deserve while allowing me to live my life to the fullest and most fun.

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~ by mccaule2 on April 29, 2010.

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