Sunday, February 1, 2015

Disjointed Signals

    The majority of us, when we think about it at all consciously, attempt with our apparel choices to make clear headed, and concise, though sometimes complex remarks to the world about ourselves.  There are times, however, because of the singular choices we have made, that the final message gets overrun with words, as though we were attempting to read one descriptive passage in a novel that went on for a dozen pages, needlessly.  Its another way of saying something famously voiced by Coco Chanel.  She said that one should always stop before leaving the house, and remove one thing.  What she was getting at was that, for most of us at least, we aren't certain enough of ourselves to be fully considerate of our attire choices. We want so much to make sure others understand, that we reiterate ourselves, or add words to the sentence that contribute nothing of meaning.
    Now, sartorial editing is no news. We hear about it all the time from myriad sources.  But here in this blog, it becomes a valid topic because it shows up sometime essential about ourselves.  When we indulge in too much of too much, without carefully considering every detail, we basically put a bunch of visual marbles in our Attire mouths and the resulting sentence is unintelligible.  Not because each element is not expressive in its own right, but because there are simply too many things for the viewer to take in, cross connect, and make sense of.

It is exactly like learning to express yourself well with spoken language. The more accurate you can be, the more your conversation is free of needless sounds such as um,  the more likely you will be to get, and hold, another's attention.
    So when I write about the language of Attire, I am not only hoping to help us, you and me, understand the dense, and confounding symbolic communication it is, I am hoping, by these discussions, to help us all, myself included, to speak that language more effectively.  Effective communication is vital to us in our daily lives, and certainly as we speed along towards something very like a global community, it will become moreso.  If we could view each other out in the world with greater understanding, right at the beginning, it could help us to greater understanding further down the line.  And building a world where we have a better, more benign view of each other is something I think is well worth my time.

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