By: Nirmal Yadav, Saroj S. Jeet
Singh & Nisha Sangwan
A study was conducted to identify the problems faced by
working women in the preferred dresses at work place. It was found that Salwar-Kameez
was the most preferred dress at
workplace followed by Top-Trouser. The study revealed that
in the existing styles of dresses, the major
problems faced are no provision of keeping the belongings (kameez-salwar, top), free
hang of dupatta (kameez), tying string tightly(salwar),short length
(top) and available in limited varieties of fabrics(trouser).
Clothing is dressed to be symbolic of working women success
in life and social position. Down through
the ages women have taken pride in their personal appearance and
have sought the beautification of self
through ornamentation. There was a time in India when only typical Indian dresses were worn.
The selection of clothing was limited to special occasion like marriage and religious
function. In the present society, a woman leads a more active
She moves with man in all walks of life
and now there is hardly any field, which can be called man's exclusive domain. Now there is countless profession
in which Indian women have entered, some of the professions are uniform based
while some are non-uniform based like private corporate, advertising agency, interior design firm,
boutiques and colleges etc. At these places
the employees have to dress in a manner that will inspire their confidence
(Kefgan & Specht, 1979).
According to Syber & Roach (1962) clothing behavior is
related to social mobility if one failed to dress up as expected the
occupational mobility is affected adversely. As the working woman meets lot of
people, she must have greater variety of clothes and accessories.
The working women require clothes that are suitable, practical in nature, comfortable and
business like in appearance. Clothes not only help to achieve the success she
desires but also gives her poise, confidence and also self identification.
So, here an attempt, was
made to identify the problems faced by working women in the existing clothing practices at work place.
For conducting the present study, four fashion oriented
cities were selected purposively. A proportionate number of respondents i.e. 25 were selected from each city, which
constituted a total of 100 respondents. Working women were selected from
different professions, which included lecturer, executive managers, doctors and
Results and Discussion
This section includes information regarding the existing preferred dress patterns and the problems faced by the working women at work place in existing preferred dresses that make them feel uncomfortable and less active.