Japanese Loves Suits

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Trivia of Suits

Suits means "one" set and that means every parts of suits are gathered.Therefore, with a suit of a gentleman, there are three parts jacket, pants and vest.In addition, with a woman, there are jacket and skirt, pants, dress which are sets.

Originally, both should use same cloth as a suits by condition.Opposition, if the used cloth are not same, that says ensemble.However, in recently, if the used cloth are not same, that also says suits.The history of suits is unexpected short and it is said about 100 since it is born.

Suits has various classification methods. on a grand scale, we can classify it 3 parts that are society, business and casual.As a suit which is global standard, we have 3 kinds of traditional form which are Classic, American, and European are given.

History of Suits

The modern suit did not appear until the mid nineteenth century, but the origins of its coat can be traced back to the revolution in men's dress set by Charles II, king of Great Britain in the 1660s.

What we call the modern suit was originally a nineteenth-century English innovation in dress. It was originally usually referred to a lounge suit and was worn only in the country and at the seaside.

The earliest women's suits were riding habits, which consisted of a tailored coat or jacket and matching skirt from the 1660s.

n the first half of the twentieth century, the skirted suit became the common daytime city costume for women, in the workplace and out; dressmaker suits featured softer fabrics and "feminine" details, and cocktail suits were worn for semiformal occasions in mid-century.

Japan and Suits

In Japan, suits became common after the last stages of the Tokugawa Shogunate to the Mage age. In those days, type of suit that made in British, American, or French is popular, but there are only three-pirce suits so every Japanese dressed them. However, mainly people who were working on govermental organ(scholar, politician and officer), but the mainstream in public was still Kimono.

The climate is still alive. Civilians wear single-breasted suit , and officer, goverment employees or schlar choices three-pierce suits by preference.It became major that business suits were adopted as a uniform. After WW2, two-button suits were mainstream, and three-button suits popularized again.

Double-breasted suits was popular in bubble economy term. At present, single-breasted suits with three-button is mainstream in young-generation. In over middle-generation, single-breasted with two button is in favor, and double-breasted is regularly seen. Double-breasted suits have an effect that make believe the wearer bigger. So these are popular particular people who should gain the ascendacy over.(Ex. Teacher, Policeman and bureaucrat.) Japanese gang wear double-breasted suits to coerce.

Japanese Loves Suits

We think about reason Japanese loves suits, there are avobe background of history. Sugimoto and Moa pointed out almost the theory of Japanese are common in fundamental three insistences (1982). First at individual level, Japanese tend to be week to form ego. There are not "an independent individual". Second at human relations level, Japanese tend to be group in society. It is characterized by "Droupism" which contribute to belonging group about how to connection with each Japanese. Third at general society level, Japanese have common in principle about consensus, harmony and unification. Therefore stability and team sprit are very high level. Those cultural characteristic are cause of Japanese wear suit as uniform.

At the beginning suit came in Japan, suit was very expensive. That was symbol of the upper class. So there are 2 reasons. First, Japanese mind decency. There was no individual opinion. People wore it how to prove of belong the upper class. And suit expanded some class people, so that it changed from especial thing to ordinal thing. In addition, suit was taken uniform, this did its part to express particular group. Therefore suit may spread symbol which means worker.

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1. 個人心理のレベルでは、日本人は自我の形成が弱い。独立した「個」が確立していない。

2. 人間関係のレベルでは、日本人は集団志向的である。自らの属する集団に自発的に献身する「グルーピズム」が、日本人同士のつながり方を特徴づける。

3. 社会全体のレベルでは、コンセンサス・調和・統合といった原理が貫通している。だから社会内の安定度・団結度はきわめて高い。

こういった文化的特長が、日本人が「制服」としてのスーツを着る一因にもなっていると言える。 スーツが日本に入ってきた当時、スーツは高級なものであり、「上流階級」の象徴であったといえる。それが今のようにとりいれられる様になったかは具体的に2つの理由が考えられる。 一つ目は、日本人が「ウチ」と「ソト」を気にする民族だということ。そこには個人の主張はなく、「上流階級」という集団に入ったことの証明がスーツであったと言える。


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