Fashion is often dismissed as a frivolous frippery, a nonsense, something that really does not matter at all. Those without an interest in the topic can often be more than scathing about it. But those people are missing something. Fashion really does matter. Here are just a few of the reasons why this subject and the industry it has spawned should definitely not be underestimated or ignored:
The Fashion Industry Employs Millions
The fashion industry is one on which many people around the world rely. From those who design the clothes, in their rarefied world, to those who model them, in a world replete with unrealistic expectations and unreasonable demands, to the millions who graft, sometimes in horrific circumstances, to manufacture the clothes we all wear. Yes, the fashion industry most definitely has its problems, but that makes it even more true that it really does matter. People who say that fashion does not matter are dismissing the daily concerns of many people around the world. It matters very much and that is why we should do what we can to help reform the industry.
Fashion Can Change the World
Fashion can help people to show who they are, to show an affinity to a certain group, to show their political and social affiliations and to make a statement about where they have come from, where they are and where they are going. Throughout history, a widespread change in the way people dress has often been a huge part of societal change. Think of the 1960s. It could be argued that liberation in dress, in fashion, filtered through and brought about liberation of different kinds. Fashion can be a world-changing thing. We have to change and in a more sustainable future, a reformed fashion industry will have to be part of the system. Fashion can help us change the world for the better.
Fashion is A Form of Creative Expression
Fundamentally, fashion is about creative expression. We can each of us use fashion to express to those around us information about who we really are. As such, fashion can be a key part of an individuals personal growth and development, helping each person become more confidence and more assured in who they are underneath. Fashion, for all its flaws, is about art and creativity, which is one of the most important elements of humanity, one of the things that sets human beings apart. Who could possibly say that that does not matter?
We have all had a look through the photo albums and often wondered what on earth we were thinking when we decided that floral jumper looked great with the leopard print leggings. Interestingly money doesn't buy you style and it's often celebrities that end up putting together some of the worst fashion combinations. Here are a few pointers to help you know what to avoid.
Just because it's hot on the catwalk doesn't mean it's going to look good on you, remember many fashion designers about push boundaries and concept design.
Don't mix denim with denim, it didn't look good in the 80's and it won't look good now, look to combine denim skirts, jeans and jackets with other solid colors and if you have to wear darker denim washes, you don't want to look like you are wearing a denim suit.
Don't wear thongs with low slung jeans, for some reason the fad for airing next week's laundry along really took off but with women of all shapes and sizes opting for the cheek and thong look it's was never going to stay. If you are going to wear low slung jeans there are plenty of panties that are designed to keep things under wraps and hide a VPL.
Furthermore never show both your cleavage and legs at the same time. Short skirts and low cut tops don't look classy so pick an outfit that compliments one of these areas.
You might like Chanel, Gucci and Dior an awful lot, but there's no need to turn into a walking billboard for them. Overdoing label combinations just looks a little silly and is the ultimate fashion faux pas.
Don't dress in the same color from top to toe. Nowadays it's considered fashionable to cleverly combine shoes belts and bags without them having to be all the same color. Checking out color charts and fashion trends will help you learn how to match colors that initially may not seem like an obvious choice. Remember green and red on ever look good on a Christmas tree. Additionally don't match your makeup or hair accessories with your outfit.
Don't mix prints and patterns unless you really understand how to do it, although considered edgy getting it wrong can have disastrous consequences. If you are going to wear leopard or zebra print make sure you match them with solid colors, you don't want to look like something that's going to be seen in the wilds.
Men and women alike, don't wear flip flops or shorts to the office, beachwear means just that. You wouldn't wear a necktie and cufflinks to the beach so reserve the casual clothes for your next vacation. And while you are at the beach don't wear Speedos, David Beckham can get away with it but men with a middle aged spread can't.
Men, don't wear socks with your sandals especially not neon ones! If you don't like your toes book yourself in for a pedicure. Even worse don't tuck your trousers into your socks unless you are about to ride a bike or wade through a deep puddle.
Unless you are attending a tribute evening to the late great Michael Jackson don't wear black shoes and white socks. The King of Pop's sweet moves meant he could carry this look off and unless you're about to do the moonwalk to work. Keep the white socks next to your trainers.
For some unknown reason some men believe that novelty ties and cufflinks are a great way to show of their sense of humor. However neckties with cartoon characters and tacky heavily jeweled cufflinks can send out the wrong message. Stick to refined tie and cufflink combinations.