Have you ever wondered who decides what’s “in” and fashionable this season? Can people really tell if my last year’s wardrobe is so outdated? And what I need to do to be trendy without breaking my bank? I am sure you all have, at least once in your life. As a fellow woman, I’ll share my thoughts on your concerns. Again, these are my thoughts and we are all entitled to have them.
In my opinion, it all starts with an INDIVIDUAL. Each year we see creative individuals, designers of course, bringing their fresh fashion to Runway for the upcoming year. Retailers transform these trends to everyday wear that an average woman like you and me can carry comfortably without feeling awkward. We, the consumers, bring it home thinking it is going to give us an entry into the fashion gentry. Rarely do we think of its’ purpose to cover our body. After all, that should be the purpose of clothes. And if it’s not, then what else does it offer us?
Fashion gives us a feeling that we are wearing something beautiful and likeable, that feeling of possession of beauty makes us confident and contented. It’s simply an “add-on” to our physical beauty. No wonder we want more of it and no wonder we want to wear what is “considered” likeable for the time. Just like how chubby figures were considered beautiful and a sign of affluence during renaissance period whereas today no woman can imagine wishing for a fuller figure, since petite is the new beauty.
In short, our desire to buy current fashion isn’t wrong. Everyone wants to feel confident and satisfied. What’s wrong is the feeling of being obliged to buy it and our habit of ignoring our previous wardrobe just for the heck of buying new. We are all creative in our own way and can put the old pieces together in a new and innovative way. And the outcome should be considered equally trendy, if not more. Not to mention with the current recession, it should be the “in-thing” to do. Just because a few creative individuals come up with some beautiful ideas and have set the bars high does not mean our fashion choices and creativity is worth less in anyway.
I felt the need to share this as social media, with its emphasis on giving coverage to “fashion hits & disses” and other similar things,does not realize how close this concept is to shaping our personality and more so our youth. We do not want to have future generations whose identity is based on “brand-names”.
Their identity should be THEM, the individual.