Fashion is everywhere we look. Some people care about fashion and others aren’t bothered. But regardless of what side you are on… you can still tell a lot about a person. For the people who tend to dress down tend to be practicable and need clothes to suit their calm and easy outlook on life. You also get people who dress down due to wanting to be comfortable but needing to be comfortable in order to fully concentrate on having loads of work. When you start to get to know someone and learning about their personality and lives, you see how the outside reflects the inside.
For the people who dress up and wear expensive clothing, tend to like attention for their expression and like to be open about themselves. Though on the other hand this way of dressing is also a way of seeming confident when in reality it’s a mask for their body to conceal how they really feel. But the only way to fit the reflections to the person… is to learn the person. When you understand the person, you understand why the clothing has been chosen.
We also see how some people’s creativity has been suppressed through work and other areas which require someone to look ‘natural’. Which for some people, they understand, though from personal opinion… I don’t think how an individual dresses shows how good or how bad a person is at a job. Even more so, if they are competent for the job just because of alternative fashion styles, tattoos, or piercings. I believe when people are discriminated against just for how they express themselves (as long as it is not offensive and does not harm others), we place importance on the appearance rather than whether a person is qualified and has shown experience within their area of expertise. Which is wrong.
Another area to discuss… uniforms in schools! There have been reasons for this such as to prevent bullying and to prevent people knowing what social class you are in (which in turn is another attempt to prevent bullying). However, in 2021, social class is not really spoken about anymore, as well as realising the fact that bullying will happen regardless of having uniform or not. Even if schools want to protect children from less wealthy backgrounds, some schools make their uniform very expensive (especially blazers), just for children to grow out of them very quickly. Overall, it suppresses creative expression. Clothing is art we wear and tends to be a beginning of how we all express ourselves. When we look at old photos of childhood and seeing some questionable outfit choices… it’s the start of expressing ourselves in a way that does not require words and conversations. I think when we start to take a deeper look into how fashion is truly everywhere around us and how much we actually use it for self- expression, it’s more common than we think.
Here’s the question I ask my readers… why is expressing yourself through clothing important to you?
For me, it is a way to communicate without saying a word. I love to dress up, I love my clothes but tend to forget about the shoes. For many people that is seen as the absolute no-no, however for me… I need and love the practicality of some dirty old trainers! Whilst dressing up really nicely. Some would say this ruins an outfit, I say this adds character and shows people the different sides of me all in one outfit. For many people I know, they love to wear loungewear and ultimately live in it. They tend to be the friends that are laid back and easy going with a down to earth nature. Then for the friends who dress up, very fashion orientated and want to make a statement are very confident, with a secret soft side that tends to be overshadowed! But of course, I know these people, I have known some for many years, and how I interpret their fashion styles is only because I have gotten to know these people as individuals and the reasons behind their choices.
So, how can we be more authentic about ourselves and how to match our personalities and inside, to the outside… there’s really not a lot to it! Wear what makes you feel confident and most importantly happy! It is as easy as that! If you aren’t happy in what you wear then why wear it!