Uniforms are funny things, almost, anomalies from another time. The clothing we wear at work has several functions. For some, like police, nurses and firemen, the uniform identifies them to the general public. Similarly, priests and ministers of religion are attired in a special garb. Fashion in the vocation world is about more than looking good. The psychology behind wearing a uniform ensures a great deal of pre-emptive associations being instantly established in the beholder of the uniform clad individual. Indeed, they are not so much an individual but a part of a clearly defined group or strata of society.

Uniforms & Archetypal Associations

Uniforms in the past, were very much about status. A member of a guild, like the locksmith’s guild, or the silversmith’s guild, would be identified by his leather apron and signifying outfit. These people had kudos based on their profession. Judges and barristers are identifiably attired, even, today. People can hide behind a uniform, as many of us are cowed by an official looking uniform. We, often, fail to look beyond the uniform. Think of medical people in lab coats and the associations our society holds with the archetype of the ‘good doctor’. Advertising people make use of these automatic associations in their advertisements for things like hair loss and skin creams. They always include an actor attired in a white lab coat to invest their commercials with some pseudo authority.

Uniforms Can Be Dangerous

Click here for more information on professions like locksmiths who still wear clothing which signifies their role in society. It may be the locksmith’s apron or some later version of that uniform. Fashion in the vocation world has more clearly defined parameters than in the more informal aspects of our society. Uniforms can be dangerous, as we can witness in the form of priests, salvation army officers, ministers of religion and the like who preyed upon innocent children. Yes, that one differing vowel in the word ‘preyed’ upon, conveys a litany of evil sins.

Fascist State Uniforms

Uniforms are more resistant to the fickle winds of fashion. Soldiers and the police are less likely to upgrade the styles of their uniforms than the man and the woman in the street. They love shiny badges and medallions on their uniforms. Fascists loved their smart uniforms. Think of the SS brigade in Hitler’s Germany during the Second World War. The many fascist states around the Third Reich, like Slovakia and Italy, also dressed for success in long leather boots and smartly pressed pants. I wonder if they had good dry cleaners to get all that blood out?