TOEFL Essay Topic 119 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People behave differently when they wear different clothes. Do you agree that different clothes influence the way people behave? Use specific examples to support your answer.
Different clothes influence the way people behave
I agree with the idea that different clothes influence the way people behave for the following reasons.
First, clothes can evoke such a feeling that you belong to some community. For example, my high school had a school uniform, so I wore it every day when I was a high school student. Since my school and its uniform were a little famous, some people could recognize that I belonged to the school when I wore it. My school president always told us not to act badly because we were the representative of the school in its uniform. I went to school by train at that time. When I wore it, I never folded legs or slept on the train, while I often did so in my casual clothes. I had to think of my school whenever I did something in the school uniform. As this example illustrates, clothes can evoke such a feeling that you belong to some community and have to act in a proper way.
Second, you cannot behave roughly when you wear such a kind of clothes as kimono, which is a traditional clothes in Japan. For example, I wore Furisode, which is a kind of kimono, for the Coming of Age ceremony two years ago. It had such long sleeves that I had to take care of them paying attention to everything around me. When I sat down on a chair, for instance, its long sleeves would have touched the dirty floor if I hadn’t held them in my hands. Also it limited my movement because it wound around me. I had to walk slowly and with short steps. I think this kind of situation seldom happens in other clothes. This experience clearly shows that you cannot behave roughly in a certain type of clothes.
In conclusion, I definitely believe that people behave differently in different clothes.
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