We need clothes as one of the basic necessities of life. We select clothes based on our choices and requirements. When we go to buy a particular type of garment, we make informed choices based on our need, comfort quotient and its aesthetics. Comfort is top priority in any case whether we dress up to impress someone or we wear clothes for protection from sun, rain, heat or cold. With great advancements in science, the living standards and the quality of life have improved by leaps and bounds. On the other hand, due to the advancements, the expectations of people have also risen in the terms of comfortable clothing, the kind of work they pursue and the fast changing fashion trends.
These refined customer demands have led to better research in terms of exploring the science underlying comfort in clothing and also discover the parameters involved in achieving a comfortable fit. Clothing generally depends on the social status, climate, religious beliefs, professional choices, region, occasion, economic setup and many more factors. We cannot judge comfort on the basis of any particular set of factors, it is much more complex than this. Secondly, what is comfortable to one cannot be comfortable to another.
Therefore, it is not easy to define comfort in clothing. Or in simple words, comfort in clothing can be defined as a peaceful state of mind in its lowest form. If we go by the definition of comfort, it can be described as a state achieved when there is no pain or discomfort. It is a level of satisfaction achieved which is an indicator of physiological, psychological and physical balance in a person.
There are two basic factors which dictate the clothing comfort. The external factors are heat, cold, wind, rain, society we live in and our culture. The internal factors like the kind and level of a person’s activities, economic status, health condition, social interactions and the psychological circumstances which play a major role in bringing about the needed level of customer comfort and satisfaction.
In other words we can say, comfortable clothing is based on the emotions, feelings and physiological activities of a person. A normal human body will show reactions to changes in the temperature and other factors which may cause discomfort and therefore thermo physical comfort is important to be comfortable in any garment or piece of clothing
Thermo physiology deals in studying the movement of heat and moisture through any clothing material. When it is cold outside, the human body loses heat to keep itself warm and therefore we need to cover ourselves with clothes. On the other hand, in summer we need to wear light clothes, helping the body to lessen the heat. Our body has 4 heat losing mechanisms namely convection, conduction, radiation and evaporation. The fabric we choose should be able to protect from water, wind, be moisture permeable and also insulate to ensure thermal comfort.
The psychological situation of an individual is another factor to be taken into consideration when we talk about clothing comfort.
Deciding factors for clothing comfort
There are umpteen factors under this category but some of the more important ones are:
- Economical aspect- manufacturing technology, skills used, political influence etc.
- Historical aspect- using natural raw materials, fashion and lifestyle trends, traditional values etc.
- Cultural aspect-habits, customs and religion
- Social aspect- age group, social ranking, qualification
- Individual and group aspect-influence of styles, fashion, personal choice and trends
Since the psychological factors can have a lot of variations, it is not easy to measure and objectify as to what is universally comfortable and what is not for all.
As we wear a garment, the comfort factor comes into play. The feel of a fabric is very important. The buying choices of people of people depend on the touch and feel of the fabric. With the touch, one can feel the quality of the fabric, its smoothness, elasticity, cool or warm feel, wrinkle free etc.
With the growing advancement in technology and the increasing demands of the consumers, the importance of clothing comfort has increased manifold. The consumers look for finer quality, better value addition and trendy look. All of them go together hand in hand.
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