In the article “Appearance Its Social Meaning” by Lorne Tepperman, the author explains how society defines us is often judged by our appearance. First, the author talks about how people are subjected to wear particular types of clothing to identify them from others. For example, individuals who are incarcerated are forced to wear a uniform to identify them as prisoners. Second, he talks about how clothes are used to reflect our status in the society. For example, the salvation army women adopted a certain type of clothing for their religious works. Third, he explains how clothes define gender identity. For instance, women’s pockets are more attractive and feminine than men’s pockets. Next, he also explains clothes are also used to define our background identity. For example, the way Asian women dress is different than the way white women dress. Lastly, he explains clothes represent the conformity in particular groups of people or institutions. For example, certain kids wear a particular type of clothes to be recognized and considered in a given peer group. All in all, he concluded that people tend to adhere to “appearance norms” (Tepperman 324) and tend to emerge trends fashion we see today.


Engkent, Lucia. Skill Set: Strategies for Reading and Writing in the Canadian Classroom. Second Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011. Print.

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