Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Traditional costumes are peculiar to or characteristic of a certain nation or ethnic group, which usually retains strong elements of the culture from which it originates. In areas where contemporary Western fashions have become usual, traditional costumes are often worn in connection with special events and celebrations, particularly those connected with cultural traditions, heritage, or pride. Some countries even have their traditional costumes as the uniform of the national airline stewardesses to promote their culture to passengers. My mother is a big fan of the delicate "ao dai".
Our appearance is greatly affected by the clothes we wear and it is because of this reason that a growing number of people have begun to question whether we should wear our traditional clothes or follow western trends. Youngsters today argue that we must learn to go with the flow and therefore taking up new trends is a better option. A handful of people still believe that our traditional clothes represent our culture and identity and to let go of them will be like discarding our own culture. However, I feel western trends tend to offer freedom of expression. One can add his or her own tastes and ideas to them and they are quite classy, stylish and attractive. Following new trends help people, especially teenagers, cope with peer pressure and it even results in the acceptance among liberal and contemporary people. This is because of the fact that it sets a good impression on others by signifying that you are very much in touch the world and come from a polished background.
It was an open fronted silk or fine wool gown with a train and matching petticoat. Hairstyles were equally elaborate with tall headdresses being the distinctive fashion of the s. Women wore their hair high upon their heads, in large plumes. For men a new mindset of fashion was surfacing.
In the past people used to wear their traditional clothes depending on their culture. Nowadays the trend is changing and people wear different clothes. Is it a positive or negative development? In this 21st century everyone has freedom to do whatever they like.