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1. What are the three cardinal attributes to define the sociologic phenomenon of fashion?   Provide a definition in your own words, based on what you read of each attribute.

“In a comprehensive review of the sociology of fashion, Thomas Schnierer suggested three cardinal attributes to define the sociologic phenomenon of fashion: its temporal, social, and material aspects” (pg. 160). The temporal aspect refers to fashion trends that are not long lasting. These types of trends are quick changing and do not stick around for very long. The social aspect refers to our sense of fashion in our surroundings. The clothes we wear can communicate a lot to the world about what we are doing, who we are, and our attitude. Clothes can say so much about who someone is, as I learned in the Dressing Journals that our clothes can speak to the world. The material aspect refers physical elements. These real elements are items that can be altered to fit ones need.

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2. What does it mean, “Fashion is Play” How do you play at fashion?  Provide examples, and images.

Fashion is play because it is very sociable. Our clothes can communicate our different attitudes and feelings with people and our surroundings. Clothes are also playful with different styles. We play with different styles until we find one that we really like. Even then we continue to play with our style and our clothes. Playing with fashion makes it fun. “Fashion changes its character when it is taken too seriously, when it lacks the characteristics of play, when it pretends to be more than it is” ( pg. 163-163). Fashion is much better when it is playful, if it weren’t playful then it would be boring.

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3. Define the Histrionic Attitude and Schizoid Attitude towards Fashion.  Provide examples from your own experience.

The historic attitude and the schizoid attitude have very different attitudes towards fashion, “one gives fashion too much attention, and the other condemns it” (pg. 166). The historic attitude towards fashion is largely dependent on the opinions of others. They put in extra effort and time to appear fashionable. The historic attitude can be seen amongst the majority of society. I have fallen into this attitude at times where I care to fit in at specific social settings. The schizoid attitude towards fashion does not care very much about what others think about them .They do not follow trends and to tend be alone and quiet. People with this type of attitude can be seen as lazy. I do not think that it is always lazy though, I think that it takes time to not follow trends and have a unique style.

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For my alter ego project I plan to be a chola. At first I did not know what to choose as my alter ego. But after some thinking and looking through different identities I chose to be a chola. I thought it would be interesting to dress, act, and look like a chola because I am definitely not like one at all. I tend to dress in a much different style. I like to wear bright colors, floral prints, knits and clothes that are totally different from cholas. I think it will be a lot of fun to try out but also very interesting. I think that I might get treated differently as my alter ego.

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A chola is a Mexican or Mexican-America girl typically in a gang. It originally meant someone who was of a mixed descent. The meaning varies in different areas, but it has to do with someone’s income and their manner of dress. The term cholo came after the Pachuco style faded away since the new style was much more casual. I was inspired to be a chola since I am a Mexican American and I do not know very much about cholos and would like to experience it firsthand. Even though I am a little scared about the outcome, I am excited.

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I plan to execute this look by changing my clothing style to begin with. I will wear the clothes that cholas typically wear. To begin I will wear khaki or blue pants that are creased and a black or white tank. To go over the tank I will wear a plaid long sleeve shirt and a bandana. For shoes I will wear Nike Cortez’s. For accessories I will wear big gold jewelry such as big hoop earrings, bracelets, maybe a bold big necklace or a rosary and rings. My hair will be big with my bangs puffed up high or cruched with a lot of gel and mousse. For makeup I will pencil in thin dark eyebrows, lip liner, and dark lipstick. I might also add some fake tattoos to give it an extra edge. I also plan to add some attitude to my personality. I need to make my voice less high pitched and with more of a Mexican accent.

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While in my alter ego I plan to go to different locations to see how different places react to my identity. My first location was inspired by the movie Selena because she was shopping at a nice store and she was rejected by the worker because of the way she looked. I think that in my alter ego I might get treated differently and like she was while at stores, I hope I don’t but I will see in the process. I also plan to hang out with my boyfriend and either go out to dinner or go out somewhere with him. I think that people might look at us differently since it would seem like an odd couple. Another idea is to go out to a bar with friends and see how it goes. Another idea is to go to school in my attire. My last idea is to go drink tea. I think it would be funny to go into a nice little tea spot in chola attire, since they do not normally go out to drink tea.

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I hope that my alter ego as a chola is successful!


November 10, 2013
The garments I chose laid out flat:

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Today is the last day of my dressing journal. I went out with my boyfriend in the afternoon. We grabbed a drink at Honey Boba and just hung out for a bit. Then I had to go home and finish homework. I chose to wear a green dress with black Chinese Laundry shoes. I wore minimal makeup and put my hair up in a bun. I accessorized with my promise ring, gold heart bracelet, yellow ring, and gold flower earrings. I wanted to feel girly and look nice today so that is why I chose this outfit. I felt nice about myself and I really liked my dress. My boyfriend told me I looked very pretty today. Today I thought about Barbie from the reading and I thought about how I wanted to look girly like Barbie. Overall this dressing journal has been pretty interesting and fun to see what my dressing style is like in about a week. I thought about clothing communication most throughout the whole process. I wonder what my clothes say to the world.


November 9, 2013

The garments I chose laid out flat:

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Me wearing the outfit:

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Today is the second to last day of my dressing journal. I spent most of my day at home painting then at night I went to eat with my boyfriend then I went to my friends house for a bonfire. I chose to wear a tan knit sweater, jean shorts, purple nylons, and black Chinese Laundry shoes. I curled my hair and wore a normal amount of makeup with purple lipstick. I chose this because I wanted to be warm while at the bonfire. While actually wearing this outfit I felt really comfortable and warm I also liked my outfit. My boyfriends and I accidently matched with the color of our bottoms so we thought it was pretty cool. Also my friends girlfriend told me that she really liked my outfit. I thought about clothing communication and if my outfit portrayed me being as comfortable and as warm like actually I felt.


November 8, 2013

The garments I chose laid out flat:

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Me wearing the outfit:

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Today I spent most of the day at home doing homework. Then at night I decided to go to my boyfriend’s house to hang out. I decided to wear black leggings, a black tank, a gray pancho, and brown Minnetonkas. I accessorized with my promise ring and a beanie to cover my hair since I decided to leave it natural. I wore red lipstick as my only makeup. I chose this outfit because I just wanted to be comfortable and be able to relax at his house. While actually wearing these garments I did feel comfortable, I also felt really warm. I did not receive any comments today, but I still felt good. None of the readings really came to mind today while wearing and choosing my outfit.