Fashion is an artistic form of autonomy and self-expression in a certain time and context and at a certain time and location. The word itself, in its general usage, suggests a style defined by an established fashion industry as what is trendy at that time. The culture of fashion is ever changing. One day it is hip, then its not, then it is in style, then it is out of style, then it is in season, then again it is in season, whatever the trend may be, one can always express himself or herself by wearing clothes and accessories.
To understand the fashion we must also understand the culture from which it emanates and reflects. The fashion of today is basically influenced by the culture of the time of the fashion. As civilization develops and progresses so does fashion. The history of fashion is quite lengthy and goes far back to history itself.
Fashion as it is defined today, means something that has become the current fad, or something which expresses a trend. It can also be defined as the state of being fashionable, or of being in vogue. It is said to have originated in the Renaissance and during that time clothes were very lavish and expensive. The Renaissance fashion was highly connected to the aristocracy and the middle class. As with all other things in fashion, there was a continual change in social and economic influences that would influence the way people dressed.
Fashion has changed greatly over the centuries, becoming highly abstract and colorful. It is considered one of the major driving forces behind the politics, economics, technology and art. There are many fashion trends to choose from such as: beachwear, casual, formal, evening, kids, sports, work wear, college, and casual. There is even a sub-culture dedicated to particular fashion trends.
If you want to follow the fashion you see on TV, listen to the radio, or see in the newspapers, then it is hard to know what is the right thing to wear or what is not. Everyone is an individual, and what one individual thinks is the “in” thing for them, might be absolutely different than another person’s idea of fashion. Everyone has their own individual style, and if everyone wore the same thing, then fashion would be one uniform.
Fashion is one of the most important things in anyone’s life, except one’s marriage. Fashion has come a long way, but it is still a part of our lives, just not as prominent as it once was. It should not be an excuse to let yourself be condemned for something that you wear or think. Just because you think it looks good on someone else, does not mean it will look good on you.