There was a thread on INTP fashion, and I thought it would be cool to be a copycat. Now it's time to see how INFPs feel about fashion, and what kinds of clothes we wear to reflect our attitudes about its purpose.
Personally, I feel that fashion can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on why a person chooses to play the game. If it is to reveal more about the internal qualities through a symbolic external display, then it can be useful, and might work toward the goal of increased authenticity in the same way that art or poetry reveals something about the person who likes it. If it is used to flaunt one's economic status for discriminatory purposes, it might not be such a positive thing. If it becomes an obsession that leads to materialism or superficiality, it is not a good thing. It can be used to identify potential friends in a crowd, because people with like interests might dress similarly. Clothing can be used either to express individuality or to strip it, worn by eccentrics and soldiers for opposite purposes. Its value extends beyond mere climate control and the protection of the skin. How do you feel?
I dress in a way that expresses my personality, with each aspect of my attire representing something I want to reveal about who I am underneath it all. Lately, I have been learning to sew my own clothes in order for this expression to be more accurate and personal. When I wear my usual dresses, the flow of the fabric relates to my P-ness and my love of the non-rigid life. It moves in the wind the way I flow with whatever circumstances I am dealt. The muted colors express my introversion, not wanting to stand out, being quietly at peace rather than flamboyantly bold or assertive. The romantic styles express my intuitive nature, my idealism and my attraction to pleasant fantasy possibilities. The thin, gauzy fabrics relate to the fact that I am sensitive with very little to shield me from potentially harsh external conditions.
Right now, I am wearing a coat that is large and flowing, with a built in scarf for the collar. I made it just yesterday. It is soft and comforting, representing my nurturing side. It is big enough to hide in. There is a matching hat that keeps my head covered, because I am afraid my warmth will leave through my head if I were left uncovered in this weather. Likewise, when I am in cold circumstances, I become defensive to protect the warm, soft parts of myself. It all makes sense to me, even if nobody else knows how to read my wardrobe.