The Importance of Fashion in Society
September 13, 2019
The importance of fashion in society is nicely summed up by Meryl Streep’s character in the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
Those who believe that browsing through a fashion catalogue is frivolous should think again. In the movie Meryl Streep talks about a sweater and how it is manufactured in the Far East. The character states the sweater manufacture provides work to poor families and helps developing economies to grow, and this is the feel-good factor of a couture collection. Beside generating employment, fashion plays a very distinct role in society.
The World of Fashion
The term ‘fashion’ conjures different images in different people’s mind. Some think of outrageous outfits that runway models wear, while others may think of an elegant evening gown; and still others of jeans and polo t-shirt. Whatever may be your impression about fashion, there is no doubt that fashion plays an important role in society.
People are judged everyday by their appearance and attire. This judgement can be positive or negative based on beliefs, perception and ideologies. When you meet someone for the first time, they will take in your clothes and appearance and form an opinion. To create a good first impression, it is necessary to dress in a way that makes you look smart and compliments other features of your face and body.
Fashion allows people to express themselves. It allows a person to showcase his individuality and belief. Fashion allows you to have fun while making a statement. Using fashion a person can make bold statements or resort to being subtle.
Purpose of Fashion
Today, fashion serves two purposes. It can help a person fit in or make a person stand out. Sometimes, it can play both these roles simultaneously. For instance, teenagers often turn to fashion to fit in with their peers and friends. They may wear gothic-styled clothes to portray their allegiance to their group and get accepted by other group members. On the side of the spectrum is an office that allows its employees to wear jeans. Even if one member of the workforce begins wearing jeans everyday, many other employees will follow suit in due course, as jeans are more comfortable to wear than formal trousers.
Fashion complements a person’s personality and allows a person to make a statement effortlessly. It allows you to create an impression on others and that why investing in fashion means investing in yourself. Looking good and feeling confident about your looks and appearance comes from fashion and this, in turn, allows you to hold you own in any situation.