There is a plethora of kinds clothing articles that people consider to be their most comfortable article of clothing. Sweaters seem to be among the most comfortable clothes. What is it about them that makes them so cozy that many would consider them their most comfortable piece of clothing? Jogging pants are also quite comfortable to most, but how could such an article, intended for exercise, be comfortable? From casual wear to formal wear, are people who would consider their most comfortable piece of clothing to be t-shirts, pajamas, skirts, jeans, shoes, jackets, or even socks or slacks. These are some of the responses my peers gave me when I asked them the same question: what’s your most favorite piece of clothing? More diverse than their response to this question was their response to when I asked why. There was an even greater multitude of reasons why comfortable clothing is considered comfortable.
Some people said they liked their chosen most comfortably article of clothing because it was soft, other said it was because it was warm. However, a good majority of them said it was because it reminded them of something else, like a place or a person. One said their favorite article of clothing was a t-shirt from her first trip to Mexico. I asked how often she wears it, and she said most around the house since it’s often cold where she lives. Even though it is often cold, her favorite article reminded her of a place. I’m from a family where hand-me-downs are normal. For example, I’ve gotten countless hand-me-downs from my eldest cousin. My second favorite hand-me-down is a Mickey Mouse shirt that my cousin bought on his last trip to Disneyland before he went away to college. I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I have a certain comfort in thinking about how my cousin had been to Disneyland.
My first article of clothing is probably a low-cut blouse. It makes me think of loose gypsy clothing. I don’t find comfort in a particular memory in terms this blouse, but I do find comfort in how it makes me look good, and therefore, feel good. Feeling like you look good is a major part of what comfort can be attributed to.
Memories and feelings play a large role in what one considers their most comfortable article of clothing. Maybe pajamas can remind one of bed, where they can rest and feel great upon waking. Maybe a baseball cap can remind one of catching a foul ball – Giants all the way, by the way. It’s not just how it feels, be it soft and cozy or otherwise, that defines how comfortable it is. It’s more about how one relates to their most comfortable piece of clothing.