“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.”
I think for years I tried a bit too hard when dressing. I went through many phases, as most people do, I still often buy the wrong things, in the wrong season, I'm not a trend follower to my knowledge and don't really wish to be! Fashion has always and will always exist, and i believe it transcends the multi-billion dollar industry it is ran by, because it is so much more than we know. It involves history, science, art, politics, when we picture an event in history, the fashions of that time effortlessly comes along with those images.
I believe that clothes are essential today, that the way we present ourselves is actually important, and I'm surrounded by people that put a lot of effort into their own style. It's kind of ironic in a way though, in the fashion world there is so much emphasis on individuality, the desire to separate yourself from the pack, yet fashion is so unifying in the sense it is essentially composed of looks that are specifically designed for the time that we live in and the people living in that time. Although the vintage look and styles are always reappearing, fashion is constantly recreating itself for the time we live in. It's an endless cycle.
People have all sorts of opinions on the matter, all i know is i dress how i like. i've had people ask me where they should go to shop, how to go about changing their style, and i never know what to say on the matter. i usually dress wrong for the season, i'll wear shorts in the winter, and just layer like crazy. I'm a bit of an impulse shopper (if i'm cold at the time, I subconsciously will buy a sweater!) I never wear makeup, i gave that up late in middle school, i felt more comfortable about myself once i stopped putting blue eyeshadow (yikes!) on in middle school and realized i didn't like it at all haha! but that's me!
if you want to change your style, i say do it gradually. My dad told me one year before a high school prom that he had once asked a girl that he thought was pretty to prom, and when they met up on prom-day he didn't recognize her, and it was not a good change! He told me guys hate that (That always kept me from being too drastic each year! haha)
You are different at different points in your life, and your style often times reflects that. I used to have spiky short super layered hair (ha!) and wear v-necks and rosaries and i wanted to be super hip decked out in american apparel. but at the time (my sophmore year of high school), that was just me. It was reflective of what i was going through at the time, and who i hung out with, and what life was like. I wear what makes me feel like me, and i suppose that's one purpose of fashion at work, the flow of the pack that tells me i'm not being stylish enough to follow the latest trend, yet it's always there to back me up and say when i don't follow it's okay, because i'm just being different, "being myself".
and essentially, that's all that matters.