Today we see so many different clothing brands endorsing a certain image. Many are based off an idealistic portrayal of animations/celebrities. But would you say clothing is a fair depiction of someones identity? Disclaimer: This post is to explore opinions and what direction the social climate is pushing fashion in. People should wear whatever their heart desires!
Many modern fashioned brands have launched these past few years. Mainly online. And a large number of them, portray a certain type of style. Quite revealing. Some, are predominately well known for taking styles, which were seen on public figures days before, and making their own knockoff versions for, a fraction of the price. Their turnaround is so fast, sometimes you see knockoffs of the style, before the public figure has been seen in the real deal! Very established designers, will usually only make a one-off design for certain elite figures. And even if they make a certain number of these designs for the general public, the majority of us wouldn’t be able to afford it. Deposits for homes, are less than some of these original garments. Online companies can create quick, cheap, knock-off’s way faster than high street retailers. One of the main reasons why many high street stores are going under.
Today, a surge of people almost want to mirror their favourite celebrity. I’d say the people who majorly influence this culture are the kardashians. With over 500 million followers across social media platforms, they are very influential, especially for millennials. They can demand $1,000,000 per social media post. So anything worn by them, many want their own version of it, any way they can.
Nowadays, it’s more accepted to wear provocative outfits. I think this mostly affects the youth of today. Whether that’s wearing hot pants to the supermarket, or flaunting most of their chest, sometimes both! Modesty hardly exists, unless you’re either from certain cultures, or you’re just one of the dwindling numbers! I think it’s to do with how, it’s become more socially acceptable to wear outfits, that leave barely anything to the imagination. A lot has to do with what people see as ‘normal’ online ie ‘social media influencers’, ‘celebrities’. Many people, especially youth aged 16-25, think they’re capable of gaining thousands/millions of followers, just by displaying their ample assets and suggestive images. Why is that? From a young age we are meant to know what’s right and wrong. But sometimes, parents can sometimes allow too much, so the child thinks it’s acceptable and normal to portray a certain image, when they’re older. They might even be unaware of the image they’re portraying. Why are some of these clothes even being sold for children these ages? Children can’t buy it themselves. Some adults wouldn’t even be seen in them. Once these images and outfits are engraved in a child’s mind to be ‘normal’, how can you expect them to know boundaries and ‘equality’?
I think the line between what’s real and fake, is becoming increasingly blurred. Reality and digital media, has almost become merged, and images people see online, think they should be imitated in reality. And that’s where, these recent online fashion outlets, are feeding off our confusion of reality. Does individual style still exist? Yes, but people look at you like you’ve been in a cave for years! Many times I’ve watched the news, and I see men, suited and booted. Fully covered. Then I look at women 95% off the time displaying skin, legs out, sleeveless, and wearing figure-hugging dresses. Why aren’t men giving out that same image? Because it’s not ‘expected’. For women it is. People speak about how equality is becoming more apparent, but on a major platform like, news reporting and journalism going worldwide. I can’t see it. And I can’t see it in many walks of life. Members of the government; people working in the city; school uniforms. Many schools still apply have rules which include, girls must wear skirts/dresses (summer). Boys must wear trousers/shorts (summer). I personally don’t see much ‘equality’ especially, concerning our exterior. I wouldn’t classify myself as a feminist, but you don’t need to be, to acknowledge this.
I do think you can tell a lot about someone, from how they carry themselves, and that includes their clothing. I’ve always had quite an old fashion style, without even realising it. I’ve always been told ‘I have an old head on young shoulders’. But is that such a bad thing? I can’t help my view on style and sometimes I’ve felt the social pressure to change that part of me. I was told via siblings “You’re only a teenager once, so look and act like it. Or else you’ll look back with regret”. I’d see people my age wearing all sorts, and have no desire to imitate that. My own siblings used to joke when I was about 10+ and say “oh, you dress like a 40 year old” so I felt like I needed to change my natural fashion sense to please others and ‘fit in’. But why is that? There aren’t many established figures we look at for style advice that dress demurely. It’s become the trend/norm to dress more ‘indecently’ and ‘flaunt what you’ve got’ for years and the longer it goes on, I think its becoming less of a trend and more a permanent staple in the wardrobe and in our mentality.
What do you think? Does fashion display your inner self? Do you feel or see the pressure to appear a certain way? What do you think of some of the kids fashion being sold? Comment below!