BY Sandra Appiah, 1:00am December 05, 2011,

Dressing With Ethnic Pride To Boost Happiness

Research finds that people who identify strongly with their racial ethnicity are generally happier. So, what better way of spreading joy and self confidence than with ethnic fashions?

"Having positive feelings about one's ethnic group appears to provide an extra boost of positivity in individuals' daily lives" claims Wake Forest University's Psychology Professor Lisa Kiang. "The positive effects of ethnic pride found in this study could suggest that parents and society in general should encourage strong ethnic identity in families."

Dressing With Ethnic Pride To Boost Happiness

"As a Fashion Designer of ethnic clothing, I've known self identity brings happiness since my humble beginnings. Like most young girls, I've learned playing with ethnic dolls introduces a child to positive self identity and creativity", states Jackie Morilas of Accordingly, at you'll find African doll figures that represent cultural icons as well as toys for young girls. Each doll is eloquently dressed to represent the beauty of African culture.

Ethnic pride transcends to adulthood with the help of ethnic dolls. amplifies the experience for adults with creations of ethnic formal wear for special occasions. The company specializes in custom and ready made formal ethnic fashions from Africa, India and Asia. This includes formal wear for bridal parties and men's formal ethnic-wear as well.

Dressing With Ethnic Pride To Boost Happiness's one-of-a-kind jewelry selections will help you define your distinguished style. Ethnic fashions can be worn in your daily life and at casual events. African fabrics, such as kente can be used as a style accessory such as a scarf. You can style it as a waist wrap or a man's tie for a subtle finishing to complement your corporate wardrobe. The bold textured ethnic fabrics enhance solid colored separates to offer contrast and add contour to complements your shape.

"From my professional experience as a designer of formal fashions, dressing with ethnic pride has always boosted happy feelings for my customers" states Jackie Morilas.

Globalization of the information age brought us the Internet and affordable travel, exposing more people to fashions from all walks of life. The ability to view fashion shows and weddings showcasing other cultures has helped spur a surge in demand for ethnic fashions. Consumers are more exposed to ethnic fashions than ever before. Designers are catering to this demand by producing more upscale ethnic fashions using authentic fabrics and accessories associated with that culture at an affordable price.

By incorporating ideas from Africa, India, Latin America and the Asia, produces original one of a kind ethnic attire with matching accessories (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, veils and head pieces) that consumers crave. Ethnic floral arrangements like bouquets and boutonnieres are also popular items retailers like are catering.

In closing Professor Lisa Kiang states, "Ethnic identity development is a lifelong and always evolving process; so it can have an influence across the entire lifespan. Some of my research shows that feeling good about your ethnic background and feeling strongly connected to your ethnic group is related to all kinds of positive outcomes; including that daily happiness boost. So much to the extent that dressing in ethnic fashions can facilitate these good feelings about one's ethnic background, I would agree that wearing ethnic fashions could be a good experience."

Last Edited by: Updated: September 12, 2018


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