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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.39 n.2 Pretoria Aug. 2009




Hipster fashion and body alignment



AM BeukesI; V ClarkeI; M FrankimI; TF JewellI; M MatheeI; PA HoughII; M NelIII

IStudents, B. Occupational Therapy Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State
IIM. Occupational Therapy; Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State
IIIM Med Sc; Department of Biostatistics, University of the Free State





INTRODUCTION: Deviations from normal body alignment can result in postural deformities or medical conditions which can influence occupational functioning. It has been determined that clothing influences body alignment because of somatosensory feedback and the consequent postural adaptation.
AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of hipster jeans on body alignment compared with regular jeans.
METHODOLOGY: The body alignment of sixty participants were measured on two occasions: first wearing hipster-fit and then regular-fit jeans. Photographs were taken on both occasions from a frontal and a lateral view. Body alignment was analysed using the Posture Analysis Toolkit (PAT). Questionnaires on demographics and comfort levels whilst wearing the jeans were completed by participants on both occasions.
RESULTS: Participants reported varying levels of discomfort when carrying out basic movements whilst wearing hipster fit jeans. Most (66.7%) participants felt no discomfort in their regular fit jeans. From a lateral view, there was a tendency for posture to deviate from the plumb line if participants wore hipster jeans. This difference was statistically significant at the greater trochanter (95% CI [ 2 ; 17]) and the ear lobe (95% CI [ 5 ;24 ]).
CONCLUSION: These results suggest that hipster jeans influence body alignment, the most common deviation being an anterior pelvic tilt, which leads to poor posture.

Key words: Body alignment, Posture, Hipster fashion, Postural deviation



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PA Hough
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of the Free State
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