(photo: design of my friend Daphne Vidalis)
Sometimes I’m getting the impression people think of fashion as something stupid or not as important as others matters; such as politics. But i believe this is tremendously wrong, and I can speak with facts!
The reasons for people not to consider fashion as something important and therefore decide to draw an X over everything that has to do with it might be one of the following:
Reason 1) They don’t like to be one with the crowd
Then express yourself by wearing something different! Fashion is not only clothes its a matter of thinking too -as Coco Chanel said- so instead of wanting to differ by being indifferent(ironic isn’t?! differ/indifferent) to what’s going on around you, do it because that’s the way you feel! Some people draw or paint, I’d choose fashion-they are all about creativity anyway.
Reason 2) They don’t want to have yet another thing to “determine” their lives
But you know what, if that’s the way you are thinking you are already doomed! Like it or not, fashion DOES determine your life. It determines if you are going to be socially accepted or not. Yes it is kind of unfair not to have a choice, but that’s the way it goes. And I have a little story to prove my point. There’s this girl, Harvard graduate, young and pretty and she obviously needs a job. After many, many interviews she still hasn’t got one, even though she is so smart. You might wonder what this has to do with fashion, right? Well, she couldn’t get a job because although she was all nice and interesting over the phone, at the interview she wasn’t dressed properly. Its like going to school with a bikini on! This is how fashion determines your life! And I cannot stand those girls that think they will be going at a night club in 9am -i wont even mention the case of them not sleeping home the previous night- it is still school, don’t wear a minidress if you want to be taken seriously. Because the way you dress shows something about the way you behave and your personally too. There are some rules in your workplace and one of them is all about fashion-so deal with it.
Reason 3) They simply don’t care, but I wouldn’t really know why
Okay okay, no-one forced you to wear designer shoes or sunglasses so don’t say you are completely oblivious with what is going on. You can wear whatever you like as long as you are presentable (although there are some perception issues with that). Or if you wish to not be presentable you have to face the consequences, which are stick with the people who wish not to be presentable as well. That’s all!
Reason 4) They can’t afford it
I don’t agree with that (well obviously i don’t agree with any of the reasons that’s the whole point!). People can dress nice and be fashionable by buying clothes from non-expensive stores, which is totally fine as long as you know what will match with what and what will not (like a combination of purple blouse, green pants, orange shoes and purple socks -yes i have seen it!- would be totally hideous). But then again, this is what they might consider nice and pretty, which would be okay by me if it didn’t truly hurt my eyes (sorry!). Plus if you like high-street fashion and cannot afford it there are two very nice and simple ways, the first is vintage and thrift stores and the other is do-it-yourself, meaning to transform your clothes to something inspired by a designer (or by whoever else you want) without paying the high-price.
Besides, fashion is worth the investment and as Carrie Bradshaw (aka Sarah Jessica Parker) once said “When I first moved to New York and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more.”
That’s all for now, but I will feature the thrift stores/diy thing in “transformers pt.2”, you can read Part 1 here.