I love my clothes. Clothes are my armor.
Clothes are powerful. Because clothes can either attract or repel people.
People can take one look at your clothes and sort of figure out your personality, status, age…etc.
I wear a t-shirt, pants and rubber shoes to work daily. I purposely dress like
shit that… That means no fancy stuff: no accessories, a plain watch, a rather plain rubber shoe. I even wear my nerd glasses. I wear my bag as a frontpack. (wearing the backpack to the front, and by doing so it will cover your stomach and you look like a pregnant human) Not appealing or fashionable at all.
But it sort of works. The plain-ness repel attention from muggers (when you are living and commuting) in Manila, there are a lot of them everywhere, they take a good look at everyone on the street or public jeepney and figure out who will be their next prey. On muggers eyes: well dressed=Money-ed.
My clothes act as my camouflage. To blend in the crowd. Which is hard to do since I look a bit foreign with my yellow skin and tiny eyes. I have to look as plain as possible. My workplace is male dominated. So, it is really better to dress like the males.
On weekends however, I go all out. I dress nicely. Drop my glasses and trade them for contact lenses.
I make sure my dresses go with the bag, shoes and accessories. Make sure I look good before I leave the house. And that I look feminine. after 5 days of purposely dressing like a slob, on weekends I dress to stand out.
At times, I almost feel like I am living two separate lives.
In something as simple as a change of clothes.