Dressing Journals


 Day # 1


1- White scarf.

2- Beige top with white stars.

3-  White blazer.

4- Navi jeans.

5- Silver handbag.

6- White high heel shoes.

7- Silver watch, silver ring, silver bracelet.

Usually when I want to dress up to go out I stand in front of my closet for 10 Minutes to figure out what to wear. Each day I like to choose something different than the day before. Today I was at home the whole day tell my friend call me around 6:00 PM and asked me to come over to her place. However, I want to choose something to look nice in case we decided to go out for dinner. When I arrived to my friends house she told me that she’s cooking and we will spend our evening at her home. Dressing up  to go out after spending the day at home gives me a freshen up feeling and satisfaction about my self. The garment was so comfortable on me as I was comfortable in it. The only comment I get was form my friend, she said that I look nice to go out but we are staying at home. It came to my mind what Colin Campbell said about George Herbert Mead woke ” how individuals are viewed by other has to be a major determinant of how they regard themselves; in this case appearance cannot have the crucial role that such a theoretical assumption would necessarily accord it.” (Campbell 17)

 Day #2



1- Light and dark pink scarf.

2-White shirt.

3- Pink crochet sweater.

4- Blue jeans.

5- Nude flat shoes.

6- Gray bag, white watch, silver, pink, and pearl bracelet.

Today I have classes and my professor asked the whole class to wear blue jeans and white or black shirt, so I wear my favorite jeans that would match with any shirt and I choose the first white shirt I found in my closet. I felt that it’s so boring to wear just a white shirt with blue jeans so I looked in my closet for something colored because I like colors to add it to my out fit, I found the pink sweater and I thought it will look nice with a scarf that match and bracelets. Like accessorizing the garment makes it alive it makes me alive, happy, and confident. Although, I didn’t receive any comment that day about my out fit. ” Since clothes are worn on the body, it is tempting to see them as conveying a visual representation of psychological processes.Because they are a part of a system of objects whose use is subject to fashions and social norms, it is tempting to see them as representing material culture and social trend.” ( Tseelon 118)

Day #3



1- Turquoise scarf.

2- Flowery top.

3-Off white sweater.

4-Blue jeans.

5- Dark blue handbag, and nude shoes.

6- Silver watch, and silver ring.

7- Pink, black sunglasses.

Today is a beautiful day I had a doctor appointment, so after a drop off my daughter at her school I went to my appointment at Galleria, Sherman Oaks. For this day I got inspired by the wither and sky to pic my light turquoise hand made crochet scarf. For that I choose my out fit according to my scarf. The light turquoise is one of my favorite color because it goes will with my skin and hair color. The garment was so comfortable on me as I was comfortable on it as will. ” Comfort also signifies the comfort one might feel from the degree of fit between the outside of one’s body and its inside (the imagined self) – the way in which identity is mapped onto the body.” (Holliday 222). However,  when I walked to the doctor office I got a complement on my top from the nurse on the front desk, she liked my off white sweater and my top.

Day #4

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1-Flawery scarf.

2- White blouse and blue under top.

3- Jeans jacket.

4- Blue jeans pants.

5- blue handbag, and blue flat shoes.

6- Silver watch, silver bracelet, and silver rings.

Today I’m choosing to wear something special that I haven’t wear for a while, my jeans jacket. I had it for more than seven years it was one of my earlier collection in my old boutique that I had. This jacket is from an Italian brand that was made in Turkey where I get all my boutique merchant. I love this jacket because it goes with anything and it could be wear almost any where depending on what I’m wearing with it. Today I had classes from 8:00 AM till 3:10 PM so I choose to wear the jacket with a blue jeans and a white blouse to keep it simple and I add the flowery scarf to add some color, because I love color and I always try to add color to my out fit. Every time I wear this jacket I get a compliment on it so I’m always confident to wear it and I feel chic in it. The garment felt little bit formal in a casual way because of the jacket it kind of control the movement of the body. ” It is rarely the out fit it self that conveys the messages, but usually the sum total of ingredients that make a look” (Tseelon 118).

Day #5



1- Flowery scarf.

2- Flowery top.

3- Green blazer.

4- Dark gray jeans.

5- gold bag, and neon shoes.

6- Brawn watch, gold ring, and neon bracelet.

I got a call from my best friend in the after noon asking me to meet her in a caffe in Beverly Hill and then we went for an early dinner in Sunset boulevard. It was a beautiful day so, I wanted something colorful to look fresh. In my point of view, I think that the way we dress always affect our mood, for that when I ever feel tired or my mood is dawn I try to change that with my chose of cloth and make up. Therefore, I felt fresh especially with the green blazer and the flowery colored scarf reflecting on my face. Every piece of the garment  was in harmony with the other pieces, because of the consistency of the colors and its impact on each other. I receive a comment from someone in the caffe saying that I look good on green. “In term of dress, approaching it from a phenomenological framework means acknowledging the way in which dress works on the body which in turn works on and mediates the experience of self.” (Entwistle 44).

Day #6


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1-  Beige scarf.

2-Flowery top.

3- Gray sweater with gold chain.

4- Navi jeans.

5- Purple handbag, and white gold sneakers.

6- White watch, gold and pearl bracelet, gold rings, and pink& black sunglasses.

Today is a busy day I have three doctors appointment two of them in Beverly Hill and the third was in Pasadena, my appointment are 8:00 AM, 10:00AM, and 3:00 PM. So when it comes to choosing my out fit I would choose something comfortable and appropriate. I also choose to wear my designer shoes and handbag because I’m going to Beverly Hill and almost all my doctor’s patients are always wearing designer garment which motivate me to choose my garment carefully. However, since I choose my garment carefully I was confident and comfortable wearing them, and the garment felt soft and smooth on my body. I got a complement on my scarf from one of my doctor telling me that he liked the crochet work on it, and another comment from my other doctor about my handbag she said it is so colorful and she liked it. ” we live in a society in which anyone can dress in any way she likes, then it follows that dress cannot de a significant indicator of social standing.” (Campbell 15)


Museum Report

Old days culture can be new days inspiration.


 Through my visit to LACMA I entered three exhibits; the first one was the most significant it was the Samurai: Japanese Armor. The only time I saw Samurai was in movies, however when I saw it for real I was strongly surprised, ultimate precision technic in the creation of costume is very high and unique. The second exhibit was the Kimono for a Modern Age; it was about the traditional Kimono but with deferent modern synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, to keep pace with modern developments. When you sees the exhibited Kimonos you see the traditional silhouette with different kind of textiles that’s inspired by western art and special events. The last exhibit was the Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1,2012. It was a three channel HD videos that was made by Hassan Hajjaj. In the videos were an international musician with colorful clothes that were designed by Hassan, However, the videos reflect a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.


Desire and Dread

Elie Saab


1-Do you see cultural trauma influence there collections?  IE war, poverty?

Elie Saab is a well known Lebanese  haute couture designer. He was known in the Arabs world sense he begin and he became so famous around the world when he start to dress up celebrity at the red carpet like Halle Berry at the Oscar.


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Elie Saab comes from country that have suffer from war for a long time. The cities passed a number of disasters from earthquakes and wars throughout history, most recently the devastating Lebanese civil war. After the war, the state returned the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the cities, especially the middle and commercial marine and night clubs, restoring the shine of the cities and make its tourism attractive tourist destination. The New York Times Beirut to grant the first place among the list of places that should be visit also been classified among the top ten most dynamic cities by Lonely Planet tourist guide. “MasterCard” Index revealed that Beirut accounted for the second place in terms of the percentage of the tourist extravagance among all cities in the Middle East and Africa.(Samir Kassir)

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However, I don’t see any cultural trauma that influence his collections and the reason for that in my opinion that Elie Saab did’n focus on that side of he’s culture he focused on the other side ; Lebanon is a beautiful country with its nature and historical culture; Lebanon has a history with the Egyptian civilization, Rome and Ottoman in addition of the French occupied it for a period of time. Lebanese were known for there elegant, chic, manners, and fashion. Elie Saab grow up in Beirut and it has been always his main source of inspiration.It shows in his design and color we cane see the Roman and the Victorian style. He’s dresses are so romantic, it characterized by luxury and sophistication and simplicity at the same time.

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2-Describe how women are being portrayed, through the use of construction, tailoring, embellishments, and silhouette.

Elie Saab portrayed women in a very feminine way And he shows the beauty of women landmarks. He also care about every tiny detail of the design. He work with fine materials, accurate embroideries with fabulous quality. Elie Saab specialty is the ultimate dress that highlights a woman’s silhouette.



3-What hierarchies of female power are being implemented?  How / and why do you think this?

Elie Saab depicted women as beautiful, elegant, and confident princess. Women are at the top off the hierarchies of female power; Wonen how wear Elie’s dresses are powerful and confident and they won the Oscars. By reference to Elie’s background and culture women plaid an important rolls they are mothers, sisters, and neighbors. They are will respected and appreciated in addition that Elie Saab start in a young age of 9 designing to his sisters and neighbors.

Cultural Doll Project

“Where we go in the future is determined by where we have been in the past.”  (Assia Khashoggi 2006)

For my culture doll project I choose to dress the doll something from the western province (Al-Hejaz) in Saudi Arabia, where I grew up, it is unique in its multi-cultural ethnic foundation primarily due to global immigration to Makkah and Medina, the two scared cities for Muslims where Holy Mosques are located. At the region costumes influenced by the cultural blend and produced a unique costume line that preserved the tribal foundation and emphasized the immigrant background. Studying the history of the costumes in the region identified the differences between Al-Hejaz outfit and other areas. Women in Al-Hejaz used to worn Zaboon, a long-sleeve, ankle length plain silk dress with another sleeveless ankle-length organza dress “thobe” worn on the top. However, in special occasions, thobe is often embroidered by floral design with gold-colored threads but the beneath long sleeve dress was usually remained plain or printed. In meeting with the Sharia law, women are obligated to cover their hair. Back then, women to use The Mihramah and the Mudawwara. The Mihramah was made of cotton and edges were decorated with crochet and covered the hair. The Mudawwara then placed on top of the Mihramah to cover the head. Both were handmade. On special occasions, usually the Mihramah and the Mudawwara were embroidered with gold-silk threads and diamond-studded brooches were placed on top. The yashmak was used as a veil to maintain a descent level of modesty. However, it was adopted by Hejazi women but originated during the Ottoman Emperor ruling period.



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How Successful is Communication Vi Clothing? Thoughts and Evidence on an Unexamined Paradig

1-Is clothing meaning clear cut and straightforward or is variable and contingent?
Provide three examples, from three distinct campus groups.

In my opinion I think that clothing meaning is variable and contingent. people choose their out fit every day for different reasons; sometimes it’s clear and other times it’s vaguely. Each person has their own style and this style could change from time to time as the world change and people learn new thing every day.  However,  people don’t wear their own style all the time it depend on the place, the time, and the circumstances  surrounding.

The look of a person can be translate differently form one to another it depend on the eye of the beholder and haw  he sees and analyze. According to Tseelon” It is rarely the outfit itself that conveys the messages, but usually the sum total of ingredients that make a look, as well as the fit and manner in which it is worn. The same outfit can look sublime on one person and ridiculous on another.”(Tseelon 118).

I took photos of peoples’ outfit and pot them in groups.

The first group are The ELP Office:

When I asked Elina (on the left) about her outfit at that day she said that what she is wearing is not her style. She usually wear ” real pants” as she said not a leggings with colored top or a dress. The reason that she was wearing leggings that day it’s because she has been working for 12 hours and she wanted something comfortable.

In the other hand Becky (on the right) she remind me of a movie character that I don’t remember her name. About her outfit she said that this is her style and she wore that skirt because she like the way it feel to walk. She like elegant vintage style specially the styles from 1920-1930th.

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The second groupe is The Student Assistant:

Joyce Wang (on the left) she is a business student. She like to be on style and this is her style that she was wearing. she said that she like to wear jeans and dresses over the knee.

(On the right) Eynah a Sociology student she said about what she is wearing ” I feel I want to look nice” she doesn’t have a specific style she like to be casual. She knows that the sleeper she is wearing doesn’t match but it’s comfortable for her.

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The third group is The Social Science Student:

Arely a psychology student (on the left) she said that this is her style and she likes to wear what she feel it’s comfortable for her.

Aileen (on the right) an anthropology student said that she wear like this avery day and she like to wear shirt that has pictures of her favorite shows.

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2-Create your own adaptation of the Definitions of the Concise Dictionary of Dress consisting of text and image. 

Armoured: 1- feeling of secure, 2- confident, 3- hiding the weakness and showing the strength.


Comfortable: 1- Without rules and restrictions, 2- my time my place, 3- accepting the body,


Conformist: 1- Compliance with the norms and customs, 2- traditionalist.


Creased: 1- reckless, 2-Indifferent in anyones thought, 3- fad of time, 4-having no interest or sympathy on appearance.


Essential: 1-absolutely must have, 2- basic for perfection, 3- fantasy dreamer.


Fashionable: 1-identical to the modern costume, 2- art of wear.


Loose: 1-Enjoy the freedom, 2-romantic feeling,


measured: 1- perfectly fitted, 2-template, 3-constructed, 4-preciseness in working.


Plain: 1- looking for identity, easy elegant

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Pretentious: 1-overambitious, 2- want to be known. 3-flamboyant


Tight: 1-Outside the comfort zone, hard to breath

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The Modern Western Fashion Pattern

1-Describe what you think is the classical Southern California American beauty?

When I came to the U.S. for the first time I came to Southern California LA. having this idea of I’m going to see everyone whit white skin, blonde hire, and athletic body like what I have seen in T.V.


But, the reality was different. I’ve seen Hispanic, Asians, and Arminian more that the American it was a mixture of different races. From my point of view, I think that this mixture is the beauty of Southern California you can see and learn about different cultures, different habits, and different styles. Each part of L.A as I saw has their own identity that shows in their style. for example when you go to a shopping mall in Glendale the majority there are Arminian they have dark hair beautiful big eyes with tan skin they ere so chic. Arminian women as I saw like to take care of them self and who they appear in public.


For that, there is some shops in that area considers the merchandise to meet there costumers need while the same shops in other areas like Arcadia has different style for their costumer where there is majority of Hispanic and Chinese, who’s their style are more simple. their likely to wear shorts with shirts.


However, the image that I had in my mind about the Southern California do exist in some areas like Orang County, with the white skin and blond hair. There style is usually simple beach style: shorts, tops,flip flops, or beach dresses it also shows in their shops.

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This differences in style in Souther California has to do with people’s background. It’s giving a statement about their selfs where they originally from and where they live. Campbell noted in the reading about fashion and identity ” …the style of the product the individuals purchase, use and display ‘says something’ about who they are” (campbell 14).

2- Describe how your families culture and your personal Aesthetics and how these may or may not influences how you choose to dress? Include a description / photo of your iconic garment.

I come from Islamic Middle Eastern culture that is based on religious values ​​and morals and at the same time cares about the outer appearance. For that, when I choose to dress I consider my religion, culture, and my personal aesthetics. Dressing conservative doesn’t mean to be out of fashion girls can be fashionable, stylish, trendy, and at the same time modesty and conservative. Usually I wear three liars  of garment plus the scarf: witch we call it (Hijab) to caver my hair. The Hijab is my iconic garment because it’s distinguishes me here in the U.S. Where ever I go I’m noticed by my hijab.

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The Hijab can be worn in different ways and different styles. My style is modern classic it’s the way I like to wear my hand made crochet Hijab. It’ also can be made with different types of fabric: Lace, Cotton, Silk….ets

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3- Who is your fashion icon?  Who are the people you follow and admire in terms of dress? Please post images and describe how the person dresses?

I don’t have a specific fashion icon, my style change from time to time depending on the place, time, and the trend. However, there are some figures that I’m Interested in because of their style. In terms of dress I like to follow Turkish Celebrities the have good taste of fashion that fits my taste. Tuba is a Turkish actress she is elegant, chick, and simple at the same time. My style is close to some of her looks they are simple and chick like in this picture she is wearing a black blazer, white shirt, and blue jeans. with red high heel and accessories. The look is so simple the accessorize and the red shoes that she add gives the outfit a marvelous look.



In this picture Tuba is wearing a balk and white suit jacket with black trousers. she add to this look by Lifting the sleeves and wearing big black bracelet. She add color to this outfit by wearing a red lipstick.

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This is a mixture of her every day looks it’s mostly black and white maybe because of the season.






The Dressed Body

1- Describe the social and moral pressures which affect your choices in dress and those of your family and peers.  What theory/ theories of dress and embodiment would you use to describe how you dress?

I lived all my life in a religious modesty country Saudi Arabia, witch has a completely different culture from the United State. The Saudi Arabia culture based onIslamic religion and public modesty: all women wear “The Abaya” when they go out in public. The Abaya is a garment that look  like a rob to cover the body. However, underneath The Abaya women’s could be wearing anything depending on where they are going.

Sine I came hear to the U.S my wardrobe has changed and my style has changed a little bit. I used to be more fashionable and wear a lot of short dresses I followed all the trend that I thought it fit my body and my personality. However, now that I live hear in the United State I have to adjust and fit within the community that I live in and preserving my religion, culture, and personality at the same time.

Entwisle mentioned Goffman’s work saying “The body is both the property of the individual and the social world: it is the vehicle of identity but this identity has to be managed in terms of the definition of the social situation witch impose particular way of being on the body.”

2- Describe a situation where you dressed inappropriately.  How did this experience affect you? How did the garments you wore feel on your body?

When I went back home to Saudi Arabia for the summer vocation I moved between the cities. However, one time I was visiting my husband’s family I carried only casual clothes. when we got there they told me about a wedding that everyone was invited to and they invited me to go with them. The problem was that I didn’t had an appropriate dress to wear it in the wedding and at the same time I wanted to go and have fun. I was in a small city that doesn’t have evening dresses shop and the only dress a had was a short casual dress.

In Saudi Arabia the appropriate dress for a weddings are evening dress and it usually be long like the red carpet dresses in The Oscar. Anyway, I didn’t care much because I new that no one is going to know me and I wouldn’t know the anyone too, except the people I’m going with. When I got there I felt all the eyes on me like they are thinking who’s the stranger girl.

The experience didn’t effect on me much, maybe because I didn’t care about what people will say about me and I know that what I’m wearing looks good on my even I’f it’s not appropriate for a wedding in addition that  I didn’t know anyone.  I choose to go knowing that what I’m wearing is not inappropriate.

Entwisle pointed at Merlean-Ponty’s analysis about the dress as situated bodily practice. getting dressed lead the body to the situation. People act in particular ways to fit within the certain situation. she said “ the dressed body is not a passive objet.”

3- Describe how you perform your gender.  Consider your dress choices, how you walk and carry your body, what you say, how you attract a partner?

I perform my gender by wearing feminine chic clothes that reflect my personality. I like all colors, usually I choose bright colors and casual for day time and sophisticated chic for night time depend on the occasion that I’m wearing for.

One thing that I can’t live without it are jeans. Nothing can go wrong with jeans, I can wear them with T-shirts, shirts, blouse, and jackets it depend on the time and the occasion. I also like chiffon and silk specially with dresses they are so elegant and feminine.

How I walk and carry my body some time depend on what I’m wearing and who I feel. High heels always give me confident about how I look unlike flats witch considered comfortable, but doesn’t give me the confident that I need.

Before I choose my out fit I always conceder the place I’m going to, the time, and the situation. I even ask my finds or my family bout what are they going to be wearing too, to make sure that my look is suitable. In general, what really effect the look at the end are the attitude and personality, and who you act in public.