There are no longer any real dress codes in many professions, but you should be aware of them Choice Pay attention to the right clothing, because this still fulfills an important function: that of belonging.

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Dress codes have always signaled group affiliation

At the very beginning, the clothing of the People just protection against cold, wet and heat. At some point, the first dress codes developed, one specific message should be transported outside.

In the Middle Ages, for example, this included the “dress codes” of the guilds - but even in today's professional life it is not always possible to dress according to your own taste. Because the important keyword that forever changed the purely practical function of clothing is group membership.

You are what you carry

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True to the motto "You are what you wear", adhering to the dress code was not always based on voluntary action. Of the Sinn behind dress codes will then clearif you look at the history of the dress code.

A craftsman on a traditional roller still wears the appropriate historical costume, as we know it from the carpenters, for example. In the Middle Ages, the wandering belonged even partially fixed training path to, on the way, the hard-working worker should not be better encountered without his guild clothing. Not only at this point, there was a clothing constraint, which most people but readily accepted, because they saw themselves as a natural part of their group.

Clothing-related privileges for ruling classes

On the other hand, there are clothing-related privileges reserved exclusively for the nobility or the kings: for example, purple was reserved for a long time solely to the ruler; the dye purple was enormously expensive and therefore precious.

Not everyone was allowed to wear a royal coat, which was designed differently in different cultures. Of course, it was also expensive, so that the financial hurdle could hardly be exceeded by “ordinary people” - just as only a certain class of premium Gucci clothing can afford today.

Simple equation: Upscale places = upscale clothes

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The upscale Society showed her status not only by what she wore, but also by the places where she stayed. Receptions, exhibitions, restaurants, but also the theater or the opera were places where a certain type of clothing was required.

Today, these boundaries are blurred more and more, but who looks closely, can still see significant differences in their stand here.

"I am who!": Clothing can even look ennobled

Up until the end of the 18th century, the rulers and diets in Germany laid down the dress codes for their territory. Sometimes broke more violently Streit about what who had to wear. In 1524 the Thuringian peasants should definitely dress with red hoods, just like the members of the upper class.

Schauben were loose-fitting men's coats that conveyed an important message: "I am who!" At that time, clothing not only marked one's social position, but it could also be used to ennoble people retrospectively, by making a peasant look like a highborn. Nowadays there is no lengthy argument about whether a farmer is allowed to wear the most valuable luxury brands. He just does it when he feels like it and he does Fun can pay.

Dress codes in modern professional life: over- or underdressed?

Dress codes are still very common in modern companies, but it always depends on the attitude of the company management. Some like it when their Employees live it out individually, while others apply strict standards. The specifications often depend on the desired image of the respective company Company together:

If you want to be considered easy-going and “in a good mood”, you let your colleagues do it. But where a high social standard is sought, the fine one belongs Business-Suit with it. Anyone who shows up to work in shorts and a t-shirt in the summer is often not only looked at badly, they are also sent home to change. Of course, it is also possible to come to work “overdressed” and thus become a laughing stock among colleagues.

Conclusion: dress codes also common in everyday life

Even in our very normal Everyday life there is a subliminal dress code for members of mainstream society.

Who breaks through the unspoken barriers, the ordnen Uninvolved people immediately fall into another group based solely on visual characteristics: It's a punk, a goth, a proletarian, a rocker... We can't get rid of the dominance of dress codes.


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