Western Vs Eastern Fashion
Traditionally, the Western and Eastern world have had very different fashion trends. Today we will discuss some of those differences to give you an idea of why the Western and Eastern parts of the world are the way they are when it comes to fashion.
Eastern parts of the world such as Middle Eastern and Asian countries have traditional clothing that has been worn for centuries. These cultures have certain religious customs and cultural beliefs that are directly tied with their clothing. Modest styles of clothing are prevalent in the East because of these religious standards. Their dress codes strongly define what a male or female wears in their society. For example, take the Japanese kimono, Indian sari, or even the Palestinian keffiyeh. These clothing items are steeped in tradition and have been worn in a certain way for centuries. You also see a lot of brightly coloured and patterned clothing being sold in Asian countries. Dark colours like black aren’t as common to find in their every day fashion which could directly relate to the fact that death is almost a taboo subject in a lot of Asian cultures.
Traditional lines and colours
Bright and powerful colours
The Western world has seen dramatic shifts in their fashion over the years. From the corsets and three piece suits to jeans and tee shirts, the Western world has come a long way from a fashion perspective. In today’s modern world, every day fashion is all about wearing clothing that is comfortable and easy to put on, which is commonly found in Western fashion. Several trends often originate from fashion capitals of the world such as London and New York City. Men and women have more freedom to choose what kind of clothing they wear because they are not restricted by any underlying dress code found in the more religious regions of the world. Aside from traditional dresses and suits for formal occasions, the Western world shares and designs much of the same clothing items for men and women. Darker colours are very present throughout malls and clothing stores in the West as well. Women’s clothing as sold in the West often features tops with plunging necklines, bare midriffs, or tight fitting bodices which is not common to see in the East.
Plunging neckline and midriff on show
Cultural heritage can be recognized in the way someone chooses to dress. Although Eastern countries of the world tend to have a dress code based heavily on their religious practices, generally men and women from these regions still get to decide how they want to present themselves. Western countries on the other hand have very loose boundaries between men and women’s fashion which have not been defined by their religious beliefs at all. No matter where you are in the world, many of us feel a connection to our roots. Conservative colours are much more common in Western fashion trends than in the East. However, since the world is becoming more globally connected, we do see some fashion influences from the East and West starting to converge together. This trend will most likely continue on in the coming years in the fashion industry.
Colour from the west and lines from the east
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Western and Eastern fashion. Our modern world has a lot of different clothing items to offer from traditional formal wear to casual street clothes. Even though Western and Eastern fashion has its differences, we can all learn to appreciate the way that fashion has influenced every part of the world. We encourage you to look for styles of clothing that are outside your comfort zone and try something new. This adds variety to your wardrobe and will help you learn more about yourself and what looks good on you.