What Is Fashion?

Fashion is a unique form of autonomy and self-expression in a certain context and at a certain time and at a certain setting, of apparel, footwear, fashion, makeup, hair style, body posture, and accessories. The word simply means a new look generally defined by the fashion industry at what is currently trendy. This may be viewed as the latest fashion trend, a revival of an old style or simply the most recently fashionable version of a figure. For example, the very popular super skinny jeans are in vogue, which have been worn mainly by teenagers, but they can also be seen frequently by middle-aged housewives in advertisements for diet pills, so it is not really clear which group is really buying the jeans!


But fashion is more than just dressing for the moment. Fashion is actually a process of continual self-evaluatement. The current fad in fashion, which seems to be revolving around wearing clothing that actually covers your entire body (the bathing suit), is actually a reaction against the more scanty styles of the past, when bathing suits were for the rich and famous, rather than the working class people who actually needed them! And while the suit is certainly the symbolism of the modern bathing suit, the trend is actually a way of covering up rather than really adopting a fashion that will make one feel better about themselves. (It also helps that the bathing suit has been almost entirely taken out of the public arena, so that it is something only the rich and famous can afford).

Fashion, then, is not just what you see on television and magazines. Fashion is actually something you become, by doing the things that you think are trendy or fun, but which actually make you feel good about yourself and your appearance. And it is not just clothes that make you feel good; even the smallest of changes can make a huge difference. In fact, by dressing differently, by trying out new things, by going to new places, you are actually helping to beautify yourself in a way that only you can do. And this is perhaps the true beauty of fashion: it’s not just about what you wear, it’s about who you are as a person.