Fashion is much more than the clothing industry, it’s also an art form that expresses a person’s personality and attitude. It’s an expression of the world we live in, a mirror and a distortion of our values, perfect and flawed at once.
While it’s often assumed that changes in fashion reflect societal change or the financial interests of designers and manufacturers, research has shown that there are internal taste mechanisms at play as well. For example, Stanley Lieberman found that there are patterns in first names that are unrelated to commercial interest and are instead driven by an innate desire to be unique. The same goes for styles of clothing; some things are simply “in fashion” at a given time because people want to be the first ones wearing them.
From an economic perspective, fashion is a huge industry that employs around 300 million people all over the world and generates billions of dollars in revenue. It is an integral part of our society and it’s something that everyone has an opinion on. Whether you like it or not, fashion is all around us and influences our lives in many ways.
For instance, if you’re a woman, you can choose the kind of clothes you wear to feel more confident and beautiful about yourself. It’s also a great way to make new friends and start conversations with strangers. If you’re an artist or a designer, fashion can help you show off your work and attract potential customers. It can even make you popular in your community.
But there’s a dark side to the fashion industry as well; it promotes body shaming and degradation of self-esteem when you can’t achieve the latest trends. Then there’s the environmental impact of all those clothes and accessories – it requires massive amounts of water, energy and chemicals to make them. It also takes a lot of resources to grow and harvest the materials used in fashion and most of the products are imported from other countries.
But there’s a way to help reduce the negative impact of the fashion industry and that is by choosing sustainable brands that use eco-conscious materials and practices. It’s not too late to switch to vegan fashion, and we have a lot of choice on the market, from high-end designer brands to everyday pieces that you can wear for work or a night out with your friends. There are so many ways to express your personality through fashion; it can be a subtle whisper, a loud shout or an all-knowing wink and smile. Choose what works for you, and be creative! Have fun with it and don’t take yourself too seriously. After all, it’s just a way to be unique! After all, when did “fashion” ever really go away? It’s just a matter of time before it comes back into style again. Just like the old Levi jeans that are now considered classics were once worn by miners because of their copper rivets that extended the lifespan of the pants.