What is the point of clothes? The anthropological evidence is clear. It is primarily for decoration. Various cultures adopt costume as a way to distinguish themselves. Modesty is a secondary issue. It is not universal. Yes, clothing may be used to protect the naked body from harsh environments, but that seems only to apply to cold climates. Prior to Western colonisation, the overwhelming majority of warm climate cultures dressed in very little, using a wide variety of ornamental techniques to express their identity.