Coming from New York, one of the fashion capitals of the world, where I worked in the fashion industry for the past year I wondered how Jamaica would affect my personal sense of fashion. As I continue to experiment and evolve my fashion in Jamaica there is one Jamaican fashion concept I have had no choice but to embrace because I live in the countryside. With country living comes a lot of house chores. One day I was helping to clean out the closet and when I asked what was in the closet I was told “judging clothes.” I was instantly intrigued. I found this on another website:

"Tek aaf yu church clothes an put aan yu judging clothes."

[Read: Take off your dressy clothes and put on your everyday clothes.]

So far here is what I understand about them:

  • Judging clothes are the clothes you wear when you do house chores
  • Children play in judging clothes
  • In the spectrum of fashion occasions they fall right after pajamas, but before work and dress clothes
  • They should be nice enough for your neighbors to see you in, but you wouldn’t go into town in them (although I have definitely broken that rule).

One of the house chores I do in my judging clothes is laundry. We don’t have a dryer so all of our clothes are hung on a line [read: I have to go outside and my neighbors might see/judge me.] 

I’m still trying to work out how to juggle between wearing my judging clothes and workout clothes. Any suggestions?


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