Self Expression: Conversations on Fashion and Style

tumblr_ng3z7zRKUn1qhup4ao1_1280Do you ever feel when you dress up, wear make-up and have groomed yourself specially, (with the additional time spent in the bathroom to clean your face and what not) that sometimes more or less, sometimes, people will treat you differently? I am not sure how to explain this, and hope someone can relate to this. You may or may not have someone occasionally talk to you and you see their eyes dart from head to toe, trying to subtly see what you are wearing. The conclusion I have come to is that as humans we are very visual beings. Our first perception of someone often comes from the way they look, before we get to know them.

We are a society that feeds off mass consumerism, with the media telling us to buy more and more. One of these are that wearing the same outfit is boring and that there is never enough in our wardrobe (I’m sure you’ve had those days where you felt like “There’s nothing to wear”). The truth is I am the sort of person, who doesn’t mind wearing the same thing many many times during the year, because that’s what clothes are for right? There isn’t anything wrong with treasuring what you go, and plus it’s a good way to save money and the environment. Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive, especially for someone that loves thrift shopping.

However, fashion has many stereotypes. It is true that because fashion and beauty are seen from their visual element, people often assume it is shallow. Here are some fashion stereotypes:

1) People who wear fashion and make-up think they are better. Presentation is really important, and first impressions don’t get second chances. Although let’s be real – wearing a Louis Vuitton bag does not make you a better person. I’m a firm believer in staying true to who you are. However, if people wear clothes to feel better than someone else, it is a turn off. Or like-wise when people assume someone who dresses up is showing off. There are people who are very materialistic, and there are those who wear it simply because they feel good in what they are wearing. I appreciate people who use fashion to express themselves and show that they have made an effort. The way we look can never surpass who we are in the inside. Nothing can beat character.

2) Fashion and Make-up is vain. There is no denying that there are vain people in the Fashion industry. The thing to remember here is that there are shallow and vain people everywhere, regardless of what we wear or what industry we work in. Most people wear something to express who they are, show their personal style and what they may be feeling like that day. There is nothing wrong with wanting to present one’s self a certain way. The only thing that I wish people could understand, is that they don’t need these ‘things’ to be beautiful. They already are. The fashion and make-up is simply an accessory of who you are already.

As with all parts of the creative industry, whether that’s – art, fashion, writing, make-up, music, film, design and so forth – it is a form of self expression, emotion, imagination, change, ideas, style, perceiving words into visuals, culture and history. The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to be yourself. There is no one quite like you. Wear what you want and don’t worry about what others think. Fashion is a form of instant self expression. Whether you are walking on the street or meeting someone for the first time, your clothes are the quickest way to give someone the vibe you’re sending out, and of course after comes your charismatic self. Fashion is the item you wear, but Style always stays with you.

‘Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.’

-Pablo Picasso

I love this quote. It is a reminder to keep your sense of self. As adults, there can be a sense of conformity, confinement and that this is what’s right and that’s wrong. Embrace your own self. Adults can be very hard on themselves, but children make mistakes again and again, but they keep trying. Their imagination’s are wild and they believe that it’s all real (including the tooth fairy). As children our minds are limitless, without restrictions. Let’s keep that and express our own creativity without any limitations.

*This article was inspired from allysoninwonderland.com from the article liking fashion means I’m vain and other stereotypes.

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