With all the back to school fuzz taking over everywhere it is hard not to think about fashion and what fashion is really about.
For so long I have always wondered what is fashion? Who dictates what is fashionable or not? What is hot or not? Why do people follow a trend? Is it about our human need to fit in or be accepted? Well, these are just a few of the questions that come to mind when I think about fashion.
What is fashion?
In my opinion I believe it comes down to our own personal taste. I look at fashion as a form of art—as a way to express ourselves visually. To me fashion is a door to inspire people to be creative and express their unique selves and not as a way to impose a style, idea or opinion onto others. No one has to like or dislike our taste in clothes, to compliment it or criticize it, to agree or disagree, to accept it or not to accept it.
Nowadays, fashion have become a one way street where everything moves around an specific perception of what is fashionable and with that perception in mind we start to lose our own identity.
Who dictates what is fashionable or not?
Public figures: famous artists, actors, actresses, people. The media, magazines, tv, film, music, etc.
I cannot help noticing that when a famous person is wearing something new or something new comes out on a TV series, movies, or fashion magazines it is a matter of time for the streets to be overflown with people dressing in the same style. It is almost as if everyone is asked to put on their uniforms. The funny thing is that some people are a bit reluctant with the idea of having their children wearing uniforms to school because they believe uniforms take away their individuality and freedom of expression . . . but isn’t that what fashion do to some of us? Well, it is a personal choice to follow a new trend or not, right? It is not as we are forced to follow it or are we? Maybe in an indirect way we are forced to follow trends. What I mean is that each season some new trend comes up and stores everywhere become filled with what is “in” leaving a few choices for those like me who doesn’t dress accordingly to the season or the trend at the moment. Of course, why should I be complaining after all isn’t that why hot topic was created? Haha
I really have no problem with people following fashion, except when “they” try to impose their ideas and likes on me. I’m just an average looking person who doesn’t give much thought to fashion [I’m not against it nor in favor of it]. I just wear what I like with no intention to turn heads, challenge people or society.
Why do people follow a trend? Is it about our human need to fit in or to be accepted?
Hmmm . . . who knows. It is not easy to come up with an answer to those questions because each person is a different world and his/her reason to follow a trend can vary from person to person. However, it’s no lie to say that we are vain creatures, and we like to be admired and to be flattered. We like to turn heads whether it’s by wearing those nice expensive pair of shoes that look like the ones worn by that famous actress or by dressing in mismatching shoes, colorful outfits like those worn by some fashion critics.
At times it feels like fashion is limiting our creativity instead of inspiring us to be ourselves. In a personal opinion what makes fashion cool or not, it is not because famous actresses are wearing it, or by being displayed in fancy fashion shows or by the price tag. It is the creativity that each person puts into their outfit to express their own unique style and personality.
What catches my attention on the streets it is not the name brand or how colorful the outfit is, how pretty or cute, how eccentric or bizarre, it is what the entire outfit expresses about the person. It is not only the clothing by itself what makes it attractive/appealing and fashionable it is a combination of their personality, attitude and self-image. ——–