What exactly should go through your mind when your choosing clothes to wear from your wardrobe. Should we just go along with whatever we feel like wearing, even if it goes to seem a little inappropriate for where you are heading off to that day?
I currently live in a country where almost everyone is dressed according to the standards of absolute decency. Most Muslim women have their hair covered in a hijab ( head scarf ) and body covered with lose, non revealing clothing . Same deal with Islamic men, they have to dress with modesty in mind. And this is something I really respect.
More than often, my sister and I have found ourselves the only ones in the crowded vicinity of a shopping mall or public area wearing shorts or sleeveless tops. It's definitely not a requirement for non Muslims to follow their strict code of dressing in most places, but they do expect you to follow their rules for appropriate attire in places like mosques and government buildings.
But now, with all that in mind, I will make sure that I dress as sensibly as possible when I'm going to a Muslim populated area. Clothing pieces like mini skirts, crop/spaghetti strap tops, short shorts or even sports bras which usually aren't that big a deal in westernized countries will get you a couple of unwanted stares over here,
Not just Malaysia or any Asian country, As superficial as it seems, those we are dressed appropriately for correct occasions are respected more than those who aren't. That's just the way society has deemed us.
What we wear cannot define who we are, but it is an expression of our own self, an extension of our personalities. People do, and more than often will judge you by your clothing. Sometimes people look towards what you wear as the level of respect you have. Well yea, of course we can choose not to care. But it's best to be street smart. Dress in a way we project how we want people to perceive us.
So depending on what occasion or situation, I will be more conscious of the way I present myself.
Dress to impress ;) It really does make a difference.
Thank you for reading,
These are just my personal opinions, if you have anything to say please leave a comment ;)
Written with love,