Fashion is a type of autonomy and self-expression in a certain context and at a certain time and in a certain environment. The word itself can mean a dressing style defined by the fashion business as what is fashionable at any given time. But fashion is so much more than what is considered fashionable. Fashion has always been an attitude, a mode of dressing, and even a lifestyle. It is about defining yourself in opposition to others, in opposition to what the rest of the world thinks is fashionable.
Fashion is defined not by what is fashionable, but by what is trendy, what gets attention, what looks good, and what makes you feel good about yourself. Fashion is also an attitude. What many critics and sociologists call fashionable trends are really just the reflection of attitudes. In essence, what society believes to be fashionable is simply what is popular, accepted, and normal.
Fashionable trends come and go. Magazines change every month with new “hot” topics and fashion announcements. Hot topics and fashion are subject to fickle interpretation, are subject to mass marketing, and are even commercialized by multinational corporations who make billions by defining what is popular. In a sense, fashion is a constant.
The most popular fashion trends are not always in response to societal needs. Fashion designers, ad agencies, fashion show producers, and photojournalists are not concerned with the actual needs of people, but only the desires of the people watching them. They base their ideas on what will make the camera take the picture, or on what will make the camera flash. What people need to exist in the real world is more complex: they need to be able to pay for clothes, housing, health care, jobs, and education.
A good fashion statement says a lot more about the wearer than what is on the fabric. This is because fashion has almost nothing to do with the physical appearance of humans. It’s not so much about covering up or showing off, it’s about expressing what you are, by choosing clothing and accessories that help convey the message that you want to make.
Trends are always changing. New fashions emerge each season. When I was young, we didn’t really think much about fashion trends. Today, I see all kinds of magazines and articles about the latest fashion statements. I see fashion as a part of life, just like music, movies, food, and other forms of art.