Cultural parameter “Clothing”
The lessons intends to equip you with an understanding of different eating habits – about the kind of preferred food as well as the ways it is prepared and eaten.
Lesson time foreseen
• Outfits which lead the focus on the body (figure-hugging clothes, plunging necklines, but also topless men in summer)
• Clothes with imprints of insulting, racist or sexist content or message
• Hats or headdresses: in some situations, you may be advised to take off your hat for religious reasons (e.g. men in Christian churches) or for politeness (e.g. when entering a house). In other situations, you better cover your hair (e.g. women in Muslim mosques, men in Jewish synagogues). Headscarfs of women are a particularly sensible aspect – they might be requested for religious reasons (or simply worn for other reasons), yet at the same time they might be forbidden to be worn in public.
If you cannot find respective information, going for a rather conservative outfit might be the best choice. In any case, decent body hygiene (not exaggerated with intensive perfumes and layers of make-up) and clothes which well taken care of make half of the deal. And even if you feel have to adapt to unfamiliar dresscodes, still try to be yourself (with your favourite colours or cloth or the like) and don’t disguise as another person – your opposite would probably notice that you feel uncomfortable.
Imagine the following settings and consider what you would wear on the occasion (and if you are unsure how would you try and get advice?):
You are invited to the wedding of your Italian friends in their home town.
You are invited for a job interview at a Latvian architects’ office. / You are invited for a job interview at a Latvian construction company.
You are invited to join your German friend for a theatre night.
If you are in a group, share your ideas and reflect with others on the given answers.
Look at the different outfits here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/31/Male_dress_code_in_Western_culture.png and write down to which occasion you think they are suitable.
English: Dresscode by Telegraph UK (image): http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02218/mcc-dress-code_2218716k.jpg, “Clothing As Communication: an Empirical Investigation” (study report) http://www.acrwebsite.org/volumes/9700/volumes/v07/NA-07,
German: http://www.knigge.de/themen/kleidung-201.htm, https://www.expatica.com/de/insider-views/Expert-tips-Dress-codes-in-Germany_102676.html, http://www.manager-magazin.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-59333-6.html