Wearing headwear over hair isn't very pleasant when hair is relatively short. Does this hold for fur?
In case of humanoid creatures covered with short (up to 5mm) fur, like cats or dogs have, would wearing clothing be uncomfortable? How about longer? 10? 15? 20?
I'm not very hairy so I can't really say, but experiences of very hairy people would be very welcome.
Very good point.
Race is humanoid and bipedal with five fingered hands. Pregnancy is about 9 months with a similarly long bringup time as with humans.
Since the society had to evolve, I'm thinking ancient, medieval and modern.
Versatility. The race would retain the human sweat gland capacity by making the fur "bristle" so in hot environment it would both protect from sun and it would reduce the need for clothes during cold nights.
But their fur coats aren't perfect for all locations and a black longer fur would be terrible in the hot areas. To solve that I thought about wearing white headwear/robes to insulate against heat.
For colder areas I thought additional clothing layers would be perfect, even if usually thinner than what we need to use.
Ancient times had a religion that introduced a goddess similar to Gaia that also introduced decency (cover up your sexual organs) as a part of a written "how to be good" book. It's worth noting that most of the societies did it anyway.
Medieval times had translated that to a cultural heritage in response to pre-medieval debauchery that was pointed out by scholars of the time as a cause for societal collapse.
In modern times they cover certain areas of their bodies due to mating rituals being better for the offspring if mating isn't random which was often the case before decency laws were passed in medieval times. Thus a pair bonding culture developed in the species with sexual organs and mammalian glands being covered for "decency".
Beaches allow for less clothing of course.
Although fur would be a natural cover, its relative shortness means it doesn't really cover much.