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The University of the Philippines is widely known for being a very liberal institution—

from significant ideas like the political and social views of its students and professors, down to
the smallest of matters like the clothes that they wear on a daily basis. These students are taught
of their right to express themselves freely ever since they entered the school and this is what I
want to focus on for my research.
“Everywhere in the world, people make daily decisions about what to wear or how to
dress” (Eicher et al, 2000: xi). The function of clothes in the old days is simply to cover one’s
body from the eyes of other people and to protect it from the harmful environment and natural
elements. But clothes are no longer used just to cover one’s self. “It is a way of communication,
of voicing one’s opinion and marking one’s presence in the landscape of the world” (Javaid,
2014). Fashion became a very personal yet public and creative way of expressing one’s self.
Using fashion, a person is able to use his body as a model for creating artworks out of fabrics and
accessories. A person may choose his outfits depending on its design, color, texture or quality of
materials used. External factors are also considered, like the season or the weather, or the events
wherein the outfits are going to be used for. As a person exits the premises of his or her walk-in
closet or bedroom, this person’s fashion statement turns from a private time between owner and
clothes, to what seems like a runway show. Once the individual enters the streets, he now gives
the world the chance to judge him for the clothes that he wears.
I conducted this survey because I am interested in the factors that affect the clothing
preferences of the female population of UP Diliman. In the survey, I included questions that
answer whether or not the respondents find daily outfit planning important, and if they consider
the opinion of other people on their fashion choices relevant. I also asked how they would
classify the clothes they often wear to school, and I also asked where they frequently buy them.

. Their ages vary from 16 –20 years old. I ask the factors that these women consider when buying clothes. Summary of the Results Do you consider daily outfit planning important? 45% 55% Yes No Chart 1 Question 1: Do you consider picking out your daily outfit important? A total of 22 respondents or 45% of the sample said they consider picking their daily outfit important. Description of the Sample For this research. II. therefore the courses taken by the randomly chosen students may also vary. while a total of 18 respondents or 55% of the sample said they do not consider daily outfit planning important.Finally. III. letting them rank the given choices from the most important factor to the least. all of which are female. I have decided to conduct my survey on thirty (30) graduate and undergraduate students of the University of the Philippines – Diliman. The sample does not necessarily focus on one specific college in the university.

.Do you find other people's opinion on your fashion choices relevant? 50% 50% Yes No Chart 2 Question 2: Do you find other people’s opinion on your fashion choices relevant? 15 respondents or 50% of the sample find other people’s opinion on their fashion choices relevant. while the remaining 15 respondents (50%) do not consider them relevant.

both being preferred by 8 respondents. Preppy and comfortable follows each having seven points. stylish and classic. and sexy and edgy by one respondent each. Tomboy clothing is used by 6 respondents. with pambahay clothing ranking second most preferable type of clothing to wear to school with 11 points. by 5 students. Modest and smart clothing comes in third. . bohemian clothing by three students.Kinds of clothing used by female UP Diliman students 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Kinds of clothing used by female UP Diliman students Chart 3 Question 3: How do you classify the clothes you often wear for school? The type of clothing that is obviously the most commonly used by the respondents are simple clothing (27 points).

.Where the respondents buy clothes 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Where the respondents buy clothes Chart 4 Question 4: Where do you usually buy these clothes? The most common answer to this question is department stores. Two respondents buy their clothes online. 10 respondents buy clothes in places like Quiapo. Divisoria and Baclaran. and one student buy shirts inside the campus. 15 respondents buy their clothes in boutiques shops or clothing stores. while 3 insist they clothes consists of hand-me-downs. a place where 27 respondents buy their clothes. while 14 students buy them in thrift shops.

Season. and the design. ranking as the fourth most important factor with 136 points. The next most important factor in buying clothes is its function (140 points). brand and trending fashion style are the three least important factors. 66 and 61 points respectively. I reversed the point system in the questionnaires. making the one with the most number of points the highest ranked choice. the factor that had the highest total ranking is the clothing price. For my research. getting only one point lesser than function (139 points). having a total of 154 points. Next to this is the cloth or type of material used in the clothes. with 74.What do you consider important when buying clothes? 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 points earned based on cumulative ranking Chart 5 Question 5: What do you consider important when buying your clothes? To come up with a summary of answers to this question. .

being located at the center of the urban district which is Quezon City. as there are many factors that may affect one’s perspective. and comfortable outfits. pambahay. it is apparent that the students need to be comfortable in their clothing in order to maximize their capabilities. Results and Conclusion For the first question. We can say that confident women do not find their opinions relevant. smart. without sacrificing comfort and value. we can conclude that majority of the female population consider outfit planning important. And since we are in a school that requires a lot of walking and involves taking classes without air-conditioners. UP Diliman. Even though we argue that there is nothing wrong with repeating the clothes you wear. it seems. Although most of the respondents consider outfit planning important. but we can only assume. Thrift shops and places like Divisoria and Baclaran are the next most frequented places for clothes buying. the most common answers are simple clothes. it is apparent that many students will rely on malls for their clothing needs. while less confident women seek acceptance from other people by looking good for them.IV. it is understandable that the students start to become more creative and experimental when it comes to their clothing. many of us. Whether or not they find other people’s opinion on their clothing style relevant is dependent on the personality of the person. Since students live on allowances provided for them. This may be the reason why most of the respondents say that their clothes are bought from department stores and boutique shops. it does not necessarily mean that they prefer exotic or stylish clothes. This survey also showed that female population is still torn between caring and not caring about other people’s opinion on their fashion choices. modest. which is why they will prefer buying clothes at places where they won’t cost too much. In this survey. they will most likely want to spend less for clothes. Since they are enrolled in a school where almost any type of clothing is allowed. . are still concerned about the clothes they wear every day. This shows how women value comfort in the clothes that they wear more than glamour and appeal.

Personal Evaluation As a beginner in conducting surveys. And because I only conducted this a few days away from finals week. resulting to an effective means of self-expression. Since we are UP students. . The next most important factor is the design. We can decide whether or not we should buy the clothes we like by determining if the clothes can be useful in the future. Rewards may help encourage them to answer the survey willingly and properly. Since studying in UP Diliman means constantly changing your outfits. The next two most important factors are the clothes’ function and material. I easily finished giving away the survey and collecting them because I am currently staying in a UP dorm. we should be able to first assess the outfit if it is worth the price. V. In this survey. we are taught to be practical and to not waste money on unnecessary things. it is easy to see how the women of UP Diliman consider the prices of the clothes a relevant factor in buying them. looking good is still one of the aims of buying clothes in the first place. most of the students are busy with their studies that answering a survey can cause them to lose time for studying.For the last question. I was not able to make sure that the contents of my research and questionnaire satisfy what my paper aims to accomplish. Liking a design means that the outfit or clothing appeals to your personality and preferences. we are able to distinguish important factors among the irrelevant ones. Of course. where female respondents are just a few steps away from my room. we buy the clothes that are useful for different occasions. In order to be practical when it comes to clothes.

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Ordoño Second Year BS Architecture University of the Philippines Diliman Ma’am Rosel Antonietta Social Sciences 1 May 22.CLOTHING PREFERENCES OF FEMALE UP DILIMAN STUDENTS A. 2014-2015 By Cathleen H. 2015 .Y.