What is Fashion?
“I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet.” — Carrie Bradshaw
Okay, so being a college student as I am, the one thing that matters the most in mass communication department is “How do I look?” And not just this…
How do I look TODAY!
How do you choose what to wear in the morning?
What exactly is fashion?
According to the dictionary, fashion is
1. “A prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.”
2. “Conventional usage in dress, manners, etc., especially of polite society, or conformity to it.”
However, if you ask a fashion student or a fashion enthusiast this same question, you will probably hear answers such as: “Fashion is a way of expressing oneself,” or “Fashion is a form of art,” and “Fashion is playing around with and breaking the rules of conventional dressing.” Fashion may seem like a simple concept, but behind the word is a world full of creativity, breakthroughs, and endless possibilities.
I am a girl who is usually referred to as “Tomboy” so what is fashion for someone considered unfashionable?
These days we are exposed to celebrities every time we open up a magazine, turn on the TV, surf the Internet, and look up at ads or billboards on our daily routes; so it’s no surprise they play such a big role in fashion. A public figure can wear a simple item one day and within the next few days you will see versions of it in stores and on the streets. Designers love to use major stars to market their brands, so many times they will give current “A-listers” free clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories as a way to promote themselves through these celebrities to the mass public. This makes the public aware of the designers’ lines and encourages them to want to purchase the items whether they can afford to or not.
Fashion is about expressing your identity, showing someone who you are through your fashion choices and using your clothes to tell someone something about you. Or at least it is for me- I suppose for some people clothing is just about comfort or utility but for me it’s about expressing myself.
The great thing about fashion, though, is that it’s completely okay to break the rules.
So what does fashion mean to you? Do you wear clothes to express yourself or it is simply about aesthetics or utility for you? Is it something else altogether different? And how does the element of ethics work its way into your concept of what fashion means to you? Let me know- I’m intrigued!