- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
- Enjoy Christmas at the Alys Dec. 2, “The Season’s First Jingle”
- Engineering’s Ning wins ASTM International award
- Collat School of Business unveils sign at celebration
- Heudebert elected master by American College of Physicians
- Anti-aging strategies can improve more than looks
- On campus ‘blackout’ taken in stride
- Bariatric Surgery Services to present annual fashion show Nov. 25
Fashion, Style, and What Really Matters
I’ve loved fashion since I was young enough to remember, often times analyzing the newest trends and designers every Fall and Spring. In the last few years (mostly since starting college), however, I’ve reconsidered my understanding of fashion as well as style and have really began to ask a serious set of questions – “Why does all of this matter? Why should I really be concerned with these trends in the first place? And what really constitutes as ‘great’ style if a person chooses not to follow them or any other fashion rule for that matter?”
My answer? It all comes down to a deeper understanding and acceptance for one’s self. Think about it. Back in high school (or even middle school) what was probably the number one reason for buying those “must-have” $70 American Eagle jeans or that $30 Hollister shirt that managed to make everyone look like walking billboards? It was probably because everyone else was wearing it.
Many of us would like to believe that we’ve moved past that point in our lives of trying so hard to fit in, but I honestly don’t believe that we have. It’s ironic that in Western culture, we’ve been repeatedly taught from a young age to be individuals, more self-aware, and acceptance of those who are different from us; yet in reality, our society is afraid of anything that is considered too different.
It is almost as if there is this general underlying message that says, “You can say, think, and look as different as you want to as long as it’s not so different that it takes me out of my comfort zone”.
Now, I’m not saying that I don’t follow trends. I do. I love skinny jeans and ankle boots and color blocking (and the list could go on and on) as much as the next person. I think the real question that we should all be asking ourselves is whether or not we’re wearing these trends out of genuine love for them or only because that’s what brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Givenchy have told us to spend our hard-earned money on and wear to no end.
I think that it truly does come down to self-acceptance. It comes down to us completely accepting ourselves and learning the value in self-reliance. Think for yourself. It is a beautiful right we have in the United States that others around the world would kill to have. Take advantage of it and really take the time to explore your own personal style aside from the latest trends. Whether you believe it or not, your style is a reflection of who you are as a person. Do your clothes correctly reflect who you are or are you hiding behind them? It’s probably a thought-filled, even uncomfortable, question to ask ourselves, but I think it deserves a genuine and honest answer at the end of the day.
“Why try to be someone you’re not? Life is hard enough without adding impersonation to the skills required.”
- Robert Brault