Clothing (also known as clothing, apparel, or attire) is anything that is worn on the body. Clothing is typically constructed of fabrics or textiles, but it has also included garments created from animal skin and other thin sheets of materials and natural goods present in the environment, which have been stitched together through time. Clothing is a component of all human societies and is primarily restricted to human beings. Gender, body type, societal influences, and geographic considerations all influence the amount and style of clothes worn. The body is covered by clothing, the feet are covered by footwear, the hands are covered by gloves, and the head is covered by caps and headgear. Eyewear and jewellery aren’t typically thought of as clothing, but they do have a role to play.

Other wearables, such as orthodontic headgear, which is a medical item, are not always considered clothing although belonging to a recognised category. The human body is not always complete, therefore prosthetic devices, such as limb prosthetics, may be ornamented in the same way as an intact body, differently, or not at all. Some types of prosthetic legs are made to work with regular street shoes. Clothing provides a barrier between the skin and the environment, offering protection from the elements, rough surfaces, sharp stones, rash-causing plants, bug bites, splinters, thorns, and prickles. Clothing has the ability to insulate.

Clothing has a great deal of societal impact. Clothing is a societal standard that changes over time. It could be seen as modesty. Being stripped of your clothes in front of others could be humiliating. In many parts of the world, it is considered indecent exposure to wear clothes that exposes one’s genitals, breasts, or buttocks in public. The pubic area or genital covered is the most prevalent cross-cultural and climate-independent minimum, demonstrating that social convention is the cornerstone of customs. Clothing can also be used to indicate social status, wealth, membership with a group, and individualism. Coveralls, chaps, and a dummy are examples of cloakable personal protective equipment.

Protective accessories are more specific types of protective equipment, such as face shields. Self-enclosing diving suits or space suits, on the other hand, are form-fitting body covers that function as a type of attire without being clothes per se, but incorporating enough high-tech to be more of a tool than a garment. As wearable technology embeds assistive gadgets directly into the fabric itself, this line will continue to blur; the enabling technologies include ultra low power consumption and flexible electronic substrates. Clothing can also be used as a mode of transportation (ice skates, roller skates, cargo pants, various outdoor survival gear, one-man band, etc.).

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