Clothes are in some expression of lifestyle. Sportswear is an expression of liberation from formalities as suits and formal dresses are reserved for special occasions. Saggy pants are starting to create controversy due to authorities crackdown in many places, especially the USA.
Young people try to assert themselves by wearing clothes that distinguish them from their seniors, they sometimes see as behind the time because of do-and-don’t- do approaches to them. As a form of rebellion they go as far as wearing what looks to the traditionalists as indecent clothes as way to make a statement.
The ethics of what to wear is a problem, not just in conservative societies but in liberal ones. In
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Clothes in general remain a kind of personal and public statements. Wearing clothes differently is a way to make one’s existence felt. Like ideas, they can’t be to everyone’s liking. What matters is how to keep respectable. Clothes are essentially meant to hide one’s private parts. Wearing clothes just to suggest them is an offence amounting to public indecency. In private one can do a lot of things like wearing whatever clothes or not wearing them at all. What to wear in public is a different matter.
As clothes are a part of any society’s culture, maintaining it amounts to designing clothes that fit it. What matters is that there shouldn’t be draconian measures stifling all forms of freedom to choose what wear, as long as clothes aren’t provocative or shocking.