Is wearing traditional clothes a bad thing?

Different countries, different clothes

When Tzvetelina Kreuzer came to Germany from Bulgaria in 1997, she was heavily made up and wore mini skirts. But the Eastern European scientist quickly realized that you Outfit different in Germany arrivedwhen she got it from her home used was: At university and at work, she had the feeling of attracting attention and not taken seriously to become.

Fashion consultant Nadine Thomas from the Modeinstitut Berlin also openly admits that people are based on their clothes judge. She says: "Depending onwhat clothes you wear walk people different With them around. ”She therefore thinks that choosing the right clothing is particularly important in the workplace. She explains: “In Germany prevails at work the classic style in front. Off shoulder is taboo, and skirts should be at least knee length be."

For Tzvetelina Kreuzer, this is a consequence of the western one emancipation. “The women in Germany often think they have to dress like men and yourself them also in acting and thinking to adjust", she says. She feels like you are yourself in other countries, as in Latin America or Eastern Europe, no For his gender be ashamed got to. The emphasis on femininity is quite normal there - also in professional life.

In Germany stayed cruiser Nothing other leftthan to dress more inconspicuously and use less make-up. When she came to Bulgaria to visit was her mother horrified: “You look like one gray mouse!", she said. With her German outfit with jeans, T-shirt and sneakers, Kreuzer no longer fit into the Bulgarian image of women.


clothes (n., only in the plural) - here: clothes

Mini skirt, mini skirts (m.) - a short skirt that does not reach the knee

be out of place - do not belong to it; to be wrong

Outfit, -s (n.) - from English: clothing

to | arrive - here: to be included; be seen

to be used to something - here: find something normal and everyday

take someone seriously - accept and respect someone as a human being

judge someone / something - form an opinion about someone / something

depending on - depending on the situation

deal with someone / something - behave in a certain way

prevail | prevail - most common

strapless - so that the shoulder is not covered by clothing

taboo - here: unsuitable; very badly viewed

knee length - so that an item of clothing (e.g. a skirt) reaches to the knees

emancipation (f.) - here: the liberation of women from dependence on men

to adapt to something / someone - change in a way that suits a situation

to be ashamed of something - find something embarrassing

Latin America - Middle and South America

someone has no other choice - someone has no choice but to do something

be shocked - be very scared; to be shocked

gray mouse (f.) - negative term for a woman who is dressed simply and inconspicuously

Questions about the text

1. What is meant? Clothing is communication because ...

a) there is a lot of advertising for clothing in the media.
b) you talk a lot about clothes.
c) one unconsciously conveys a message about oneself to other people through clothing.

2. In Bulgaria it is normal that ...
a) Women also wear short skirts in the office.
b) women dress up as gray mice.
c) women also dress like men in private.

3. What's right?
a) In Germany women do not put on make-up as much.
b) In Bulgaria women are ashamed of their gender.
c) Bulgarian women are forced to wear long skirts.

4. The Germans wear more conservative clothes at work, ... Ms. Kreuzer thought.
a) how
b) so
c) as

5. Most men don't care that much about clothes ... women.
a) how
b) so
c) as

Work order
Discuss clothing taboos in your countries and then report in the course.

Authors: Tini von Poser / Stephanie Schmaus
Editor: Ingo Pickel