What is fashion and am I fashionable?

What is fashion? That can be defined in many different ways. I see fashion as modern/change, which isn’t surprising as the French word for fashion is La Mo, which is the short form of la modernité, which also means modernity. Fashion is what we see on the high street, the fashion magazines, the top designer stores, and on the runaway. It changes every season and to stay on top of fashion means to literally keep updating your wardrobe with every new collection that pops up. How possible is that especially now with all that we have going on?

Winter Fashion picture

Are we supposed to focus on fashion or style?

To be honest, I have never really been fashionable. Instead, I prefer having a capsule wardrobe that shows off my personal style. I stick to my personal style and not to the dictates of the never-ending fashion industry. Like many things, it takes a while to find your sweet spot but you know it once you find it. Being fashionable will clearly put many of us in debt, struggling to keep up with credit card payments and even store card payments. It amazes me every time when I am offered a store card for a fashion store. Why would I want to buy clothes on credit only for them to be out of season in a few months? That makes no sense. Now don’t get me wrong, I love looking good and I like to invest in my clothing and accessories, so I don’t have to keep shopping every few months. I also love spoiling myself and I have a lovely closet with more items I can count but I only shop for things I need. Going along with what is considered fashionable would be a waste.

How do you see fashion?

According to the editorial policy of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture on Fashion History Love to Know Website, fashion is defined as “the cultural construction of the embodied identity.” Do you agree with this definition? How do you see fashion and would you call yourself fashionable?

 

5 responses

  1. Nice blog post Stella. I am told I have my own unique style. Colourful, quirky and personal to me. I’m a mimilist.

    Though I have a decent size wardrobe I have the rule of thumb on clothing that I use of the “when did I last wear it” type so I don’t tend to remove alot of stuff from my wardrobe.

    I like good quality and certainly don’t follow fashion. I’m not a sheeple as they call it now

    Joe Browns is a favourite though they have gone more mainstream over the last few years which is disappointing though better for my bank balance

    I find independent shops are better for me. Ofcourse there is a big wide world out their to explore in clothing in the virtual High Street now

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