Please believe me! If I hear my wife or teenage daughter complain about what am I going to wear today I may let out a primal scream. Bare (pun intended) with me...One of the more interesting developments for me as a result of a paleo lifestyle is that I have alot less stress over what I am going to wear on a daily baisis. I am generally more foucused on eating healthy food and living a paleo lifestyle.
Naturally, I am beginning to look at life through a paleo lens and got to wondering about what Mr. and Mrs. Grok wore to school or the office. I believe (from an evolutionary perspective) that we lost the majority of our body hair to more efficiently chase fat and protein, design the cave thong and the animal skin onesie as well as create space for tattoos. In other words, do you find yourself stressing less over what you are going to wear today? Has clothing become more utilitarian. Or as a follow up question...Do you sleep in some form of pajamas or the buff.
Have a wonderful and healthy day everyone!
BTW, I love my wife and daughter and they can wear whatever they want!
Of course I do not wear clothes, they are not paleo! I also do not use computers, when I want something posted on paleohacks, I ask my gf to type it for me. More over, I do not wash my hands after going to the bathroom because obviously, Grok didn't do it. I go to the supermarket every day because refrigerators are not paleo. I always try to give them shiny stones I found on the street for my paleo food because money isn't paleo either. Unfortunately they haven't accpeted those stones so my gf pays for me, I d never want to touch those toxic neolithic things.
I mostly wear clothes for other people in order to a) not shock or offend them and b) not get arrested.
I usually refrain from even discussing my interest in nudism to anyone I know personally as I find it to be too weird a topic for most folks.
When I worked in a corporate environment things were obviously different. Now that I work from home I am allowed quite a bit more freedom in this area.
What I do wear lately consists of 4 black tees, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of pants and/or a hoodie when it's cold. I suppose there's a handful of other articles lurking in the closet but those are the core items. I go barefoot as often as I can and wear Vibram KSO's or flip flops when I leave the house. I don't wear much around the house or to bed.
My gf made a joke a few weeks back when we were about to do laundry, something about going to wash my "outfit for the week". I'm not trying to impress anyone with some constrained sense of fashion, so it's okay.
In my view, nakedness is natural and extremely underrated. Clothes are just an accessory that I would personally be fine without, and I forget about them as often as possible. For me it's not about re-enactment. They do serve a purpose, I just don't like them.
I have to work in an office. For the most part, outside of the office or gym, I'm in a kilt. They are comfortable, they are practical, they make sense for male anatomy, and after Yossi Vardi's report on "Local Warming" - I think it makes the most sense.
First off, I've always been more comfortable wearing less, especially when sleeping. Hanging out shirtless (or with a button-down shirt open) has long been a habit. I've also never been comfortable in snug clothes, or in certain fabrics. Most of what I own is cotton, some wool, and on rare instances i get cold I layer things. In any case clothing should not be restrictive.
As for your actual question, though it's not purely a consequence of paleo, I do worry less about clothes. All of my clothes can go together for the most part, I don't own much, and only one pair of shoes. I see mulling over clothes as vain. If "the clothes make the man," I say look more at the things he does surrounding clothes, not the clothes themselves.
Actually I read recently (sorry no link) that theres a specific species of lice that lives only in human clothes, that evolved from a form of hair lice. Examining the genetics of when that species evolved, and comparing it when man became hairless, the academic speculated that for a large part of our prehistoric history we were either naked, or at least wearing things made of materials the bugs couldnt inhabit (ie not furs).
I tend to beleive this reasoning. Our skin became dark to protect against the sun, around the time we lost our hair (either to stay cool while hunting, or because of swimming as we have finger and toe webs too). Of course not everyone today is dark, because we spread across the globe, but in africa, there would have been little practical purpose for wearing clothes all the time at least (except to protect our genitals perhaps). However, in colder climates, such as in the ice age, it would make perfect sense.
So I am not convinced that clothes are paleo, or even loincloths.
As for me? Well I wear clothes. I like them very very comfortable, but have some interest in appearance too. I sleep naked though. And would enjoy if I could be naked more. Naked is free.
In public, I keep my clothes on. I go to some events where it is family friendly clothing optional, where people are playing drums, dancing around the fire nakey or half-clothed, and drinking, but I generally stick with just the drinking, myself. I don't mind other people's nakey, though. I have some ugly scars on my arms and so I generally wear at least 3/4 sleeves in public. Around close friends or family, I like wearing cotton sundresses in hot weather. In winter, I like wearing sweaters and jeans.
I'm also super-pale, so I don't want to burn and I'd rather not slather on high SPF sunscreen all the time, so I avoid sitting in the sun or exposing too much skin. I get enough (according to the Norwegian Air Institute) for my Vitamin D needs, which right now for my area in the dead of summer for my skin tone is 4 minutes per day. :)
To sleep, undies and a sports bra. My ladies are not overly large but I'd like them to stay where they are supposed to and I find it more comfortable to have some support and nipple chafe is super unpleasant.
I never, ever go barefoot. Usually flip flops in the summer if I'm just hanging out, regular shoes otherwise. I just can't stand the feeling of dirt or bits of stuff on my feet.
It seems like I am the odd one here!