wearable you

They say clothes make the man— and the woman, too, of course— so we’re not exactly sure what we were seeing in the lineup of costumes during the Miss Universe Pageant’s “Parade of Nations.” Obviously, the intent is to be conspicuously flashy but, beyond that, what sort of cultural takeaways can we find hidden by feathers and sequins, and can we translate that into the less-flashy everyday world? Will the choice of suit jacket or blouse remain in the realm of culture as pushed upon us from Fashion Week (plum is the new black) or, within an increasingly multicultural society, will the choices we make become much more influenced by our ties, real or perceived, to our various countries of origin?