Fashion is a way of expressing yourself, your personality, even your political views. It has paramount social implication because it answers a basic human need: projecting opinions and attitudes. We want to stand out or belong to a group because we want to matter or fit in. Just like any other form of communication, we want or need recognition and validation of identity.
Since early on, fashion was meant to create a separation of class, gender, culture or national characteristic. People were and still are discriminated and treated differently because of their appearance. We are superficial human beings at the core but education and good sense taught us that these were mistakes of the past.
Today we like to dress to impress, to feel good about ourselves or just because etiquette requires us to. No matter the reason, we will always lend the clothes we wear a tint of our personality. And fashion style is not restricted to clothes. Fashion style covers all of our choices concerning outside looks and cultural borrowing in terms of behavior, language or social preferences.
Some do not actually choose to follow a fashion trend because it suits them but because it is generally perceived as cool. The reason for this may be because of the large number of options that confuse more than clarify what is better for someone. Retailers try to reach as many societal levels as possible thus not having a clear direction in their design. The good thing is that you can combine and mix anything with anything as long as you are comfortable with it. Your confidence will influence your fashion choice. You are either a follower or a trend setter. Either way, fashion is a quirky reflection of someone’s personality. You can hide behind it or make it interesting and fun, emphasizing a secure self.
Apart from these aspects, as we evolved some people refused to be caught in the middle. The extremes of fashion have raised the latest of society’s problem: becoming overly desensitized. Becoming overly outspoken about your fashion style or being painfully bland are issues that trigger a lot of criticism. The problems revolve around superficiality and exaggeration like dressing your dog with thousands of dollars worth of clothes or taking a limousine rather than walk a couple of blocks. All of these are fashion statements that clarify a social status, as mentioned earlier. Everyone is searching for a special place in the memory of his or her public. In order to guarantee success, they choose to make an aggressive impact for it to last.
Fashion is incredibly tricky and should be treated as such. Clothes and accessories will never actually tell the entire story about a person but will say how that certain person wants to be perceived. It is important to remember this aspect because more often than not, what the wearer wants does not coincide with what or who he or she is in reality. Just like cosmetic surgery, some fashion styles are meant to deceive or better something that is not satisfying. Fashion in general is actually based on people’s vanity.
That doesn’t mean having or choosing a fashion style is bad or hypocritical. What actually counts is that it represents your lifestyle and your activities. All things fake, pretentious and inconsistent are usually detrimental and unflattering.