Many people have a misconception about fashion. They regard it as futile and superfluous. They only observe the aesthetic aspect, judge it as vanity, and don’t understand one of the main benefits that fashion provides, which is to communicate to the world who you are!
In a society governed by consumerism, it’s common for us to associate fashion exclusively with a large chain that seeks to hook customers and make them want to buy more and more products without having a real need for them. However, we need to understand that fashion goes beyond consumerism. It allows us to communicate our tastes and values to the world without even having to open our mouths.
On the other hand, to find out if you are being controlled by the fashion industry, ask yourself the following questions: Do I need to know every current trend and only wear those items to feel well-dressed? Do I feel the need to buy new pieces with every new trend? Would I buy an article of clothing that I don’t like but that everyone is wearing? Do I follow trends that are considered stylish even if I don’t identify with them?
These are just a few questions to evaluate and consider whether you are using fashion to break free and express yourself or whether fashion dictates your style.
Don’t misunderstand me. As a fashion student, I try to stay up to date with everything that’s “in”, and I can change my opinion about pieces that are just a trend at the moment and start to see beauty in them with time. However, fashion is much more than a moment. Through it, we can communicate, display our personality, our story, and, especially, our beliefs and values.
To be able to use fashion as a communication tool, you need to define, for your own self, who you are. What do you want people to know as soon as they see you? What are your personal tastes, what looks and styles do you most identify with? That is, you need to know who you are in order to communicate that information to others too.
Learn a little more about the subject. Find out what styles speak to you the most. Look for inspiration and start to notice recurring characteristics in the pieces or looks that you find pleasant or evaluate as stylish.
Fashion is a very powerful tool! It’s responsible, to a large extent, for telling others about you and making an impression on the people who are meeting you for the first time.
Would you like to know more about the subject and how to use fashion to your advantage? Here are some places to start:
- Understanding Your Body Shape
- Using Fashion Inspiration to Your Advantage
- Does God Really Care What I Wear
- 5 Fabrics to Choose When Buying Clothes
Happy reading! Leave your comment with your main questions about fashion so that we can answer them in the future!