What Fashion Is Not

Fashion is a popular form of autonomy and self-expression in a certain context and at a certain time, of dressing, footwear, accessories, cosmetics, hairstyle, body posture, and style. The word itself suggests a style defined as what is fashionable at that time and place. This then means different things to different people; for example, to a large extent, it still refers to dress codes and conventional beauty rituals of some societies. However, the idea of what is fashionable changes constantly depending on the culture, time, social mood, and more importantly individual taste.


For the majority of societies across the world today, fashion is typically understood as something related to clothing, apparels, or accessories. But this is changing rapidly with the advent of new media, such as the internet, technological advancements, and globalization. Fashion is now an independent art, distinct from the production of clothes, where the latter is connected to the economics of the fashion market, which changes regularly according to consumer spending habits, consumer preferences, and the ever-changing economic trends.

In line with this, it is no longer a prerequisite to own or wear the latest fashionable clothing brands when visiting the big Fashion Show or Fashion Week festivals, or any other important fashion events. What matters more is your ability to accessorize right, which may include the most exquisite jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, shoes, watches, or any other apparels. Fashion is not just limited to what you wear, but also how you dress, which may be perceived through your attitudes, your mannerism, or even your attitude. Indeed, fashion must be balanced with health, grooming, and personality, just as all aspects of life should be.