7 Factors affecting the selection of clothing

Palak Surana
4 min readOct 15, 2020

Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t wear a particular piece of clothing the other day?

Or why you couldn’t wear a cute PJ to a formal event?

Well, all these questions will be answered in this blog. After reading this piece of writing you will get a clear idea about what actually affects our selection of clothing in our day-to-day life.

These factors are associated with the physical, environmental, economical, and psychological aspects of our lives.

The advantage of knowing about these factors is that it would help us to understand why the selection of clothing must be done appropriately and what affects them.

So let’s look at those 7 factors which affect our selection of clothing.

1 Age of a person

With growing age, our selection of clothing also changes. Different age groups require different clothing. So, we must choose our clothing as per the age.

i. INFANTS- As for infants cute printed rompers are desirable and also the fabric should be dried easily and of good quality, as they are washed quite often.

ii. CHILDREN- Bright colours are best suited for the kids. Animal prints and cartoon prints are more preferred by them. Also, tight-fitting clothes should not be worn by children.

iii. ADOLESCENTS- With their variant taste due to growing up, adolescents prefer to wear fashionable clothing. They wear clothing which helps them to reflect on their personality. In short, they wear trending clothing which is mostly not liked by some of the parents.

iv. ADULTS- simple and elegant clothing is preferred by adults. They wear clothing according to the occasion, physique, and economic status.

v. OLD AGE- Due to less flexibility, old people should wear comfortable and loose clothing. Also, they should wear light (pastel) coloured clothing. The fabric must be stain resistant, easily washable, and wrinkle-free as they are not capable of cleaning it regularly with energy.

2 Gender

Well, this is quite self-explanatory as it suggests that some outfits are meant for women specifically, while some for men. Although nowadays there are many outfits that have become gender-neutral, still this is definitely one factor that affects our selection of clothing.

3Climatic condition:

The main purpose of clothing is to cover and protect the body, so clothing must be appropriate to the climate. During summers, one must wear light-coloured, and sweat-absorbent clothing. Whereas, in winters warm, dark coloured clothes are preferred to keep away the cold. Some fabrics are suitable for summers like linen and cotton; while silk and woolen clothes are perfect for winters as they are bad conductors of heat.

4 Physique of a person:

Well, this factor is not of much importance, as it does not matter what structure you are. Clothing should be chosen as per one’s body figure. It should not only suit the physique but be comfortable too. The tall-thin figure may wear horizontal lines and large prints to make them look attractive. Whereas vertical lines and small prints are more apt for a short-healthy figure, as it helps to tone down their figure.

5 Disposable Income:

The disposable income available to an individual also plays a major role in the selection of clothing. The higher income group clothing varies from the lower-income one as it’s all about the money involved. The low-income groups prefer durable clothes, whereas the higher-income ones prefer branded and delicate clothing. So the preference for the clothing changes according to the income of the family too because it has to be divided.

6 Fashion trends

All of us love to wear trendy clothes and fashion trends keep changing our wardrobe too. As per the fashion trends going on, the selection of clothing depends upon it. Fashionable clothes look beautiful and if reflects our personality. One looks odd when one goes out of fashion. Few fabrics and colours are in fashion while others are not. Some clothes should be brought according to fashion and others should be simple. Individuals belonging to high-income groups can wear fashionable clothes to great extent as compared to the low-income groups. But too much fashion is also not good.

7 Rural and Urban areas

Clothing is also affected by the area you are residing in. In urban areas, most people wear more branded, western clothing. In rural areas, local brands are preferred and also traditional wear. The pattern & style of clothing is cosmopolitan in nature.

Although in today’s time, there is no such hard and fast rule to wearing particular clothing on a particular day/occasion still these 7 factors sometimes affect our selection of clothing. They are influential while we select our clothing, as these play an important role in our daily life too.

Also, do not ever consider your complexion as a barrier for selecting clothing, as I strongly believe in #breakthenorm. Every skin colour is perfect and can choose any colour to wear and look beautiful/handsome.

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Stay tuned, Stay fashioned :)

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