Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Why Is Fashion Important?

The ways in which people have behaved and dressed has changed throughout history and differs from place to place around the world. It is not only influenced by the society and culture of a given place, but also by weather, environment, and the personal experiences, beliefs, and values of an individual. By looking at the way an individual or group of people dresses, we can learn something about who they are and the society they live in.

Sometimes, what people wear is controlled by government regulations. Throughout history around the world, there have been various sumptuary laws that have controlled who is allowed to wear what. In western Europe, such laws were once practiced in order to prevent the rising middle class (bourgeoise) from dressing like royalty. In China, dragons were once symbolic of the emperor and others were not allowed to wear such a symbol. Sumptuary laws are not the only laws that have controlled what people wear. For instance, during World War II in the United States, the length and yardage of fabric for women's skirts was controlled due to fabric rations. Currently, there are laws in most countries worldwide regarding how modest men's and women's dress must be.

Weather can also be a major influence on what people wear. In some countries, layers are necessary in order to protect the body from the sun and/or cold. Additionally, certain natural fibres are better intended for hot weather rather than cold weather, and vice versa. For instance, while wool is a great insulator of heat (even increasing in warmth when first dampened), linen is a comparably worse insulator of heat. This means that wool is better intended for cold climates and times of year whilst linen is better suited for hot climates and times of year. Tights are great to wear in winter because they feel warmer due to their compressive qualities while loose clothing is much preferred in hot climates as it allows for better air circulation.

Fashion can also be used as a form of self-expression and adornment. People may dress to identify with a specific group of people, or with a particular performing artist they adore. Alternately, some people deliberately stray from mainstream fashion because they want to be seen as unique and one-of-a-kind. Others may choose not to follow mainstream fashion simply because it isn't important to them. If the way in which an individual dresses is not accepted by the culture and society in which the person wants to be accepted into, then the way in which the individual chooses to dress may change.

Fashion is ultimately important because it is a form of communication. You are communicating to others who you are and what is important to you, whether or not you realize it. The same way of dressing could be viewed completely different in two or more areas of the world. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what is acceptable and what is not in a given society. 

What influences the way you dress?

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  2. probably shake it up... they have a very unique style and i like that so i started dressing like them! and i absolutely love it! this helped me see the true meaning of fashion. thank you!!!!

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    1. i love how rocky and cece dress and thats whati did im always wearing there clothing line i am always mixing and matching

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  7. alma hernandez8 December 2011 15:44

    fashion is important because we use it in are ever day life!

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  8. your article confuses fashion with ritual. kalahari bushmen wear their clothes (as an example) for cultural and environmental purposes, not for trend. The basis of fashion is wearing clothes for trend/aesthetic purposes. I don't believe fashion is important personally.

    Most cultures do and have not worn clothes largely for stylistic purposes. Also, the whole idea of expressing individuality is a modern concept. most of our modern Western values come from the Enlightenment of the 17th/18th century, which is why we value freedom, self-determination, etc. Again, in many cultures either today or historically, there was not an emphasis on "being individual".

    Another thing is that it fashion is unjustified social pressure, which is why most people probably look down on it. It's not like being told to be anti-racist or anti-sexist.

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    1. then why post here...fashion is reflective of trends which will say something about all of us long after we are dead. Whether a person is wearing a garment for the sake of personal taste or because of culture it is still a trend in that particular community.

      As far as most people looking down on fashion. I don't buy it. Everyday you wake up you say 2 things to yourself. "what am I going to eat & what am I going to wear?" the amount of thought & concentration you put into what you wear doesn't take away or add to the fact that it was a CONSCIOUS DECISION. Those who feel social pressure from fashion often start their own trends (ever hear of the grunge era?) These are the things that make fashion diverse...differences.

      The very fact that you chose to post here shows that fashion does & always will affect your life...you will always look at a rack & say, "this is okay or do I like this?" Always! You live your life in fashion & whether or not u choose to participate...what is on those racks is merely a reflection of someone some artist some designers creation

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  11. this is no help !!!!

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    2. its very important to me coz nowadays in modern world if u don't dress properly people will think bad about u so fashion is very important.For more information about Fashion visit smcfashion website..

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    3. Homework you say? When I was at school, we studied things like Maths and English and Science. Real subjects that develop reasoning and cognitive abilities. Now it seems like our children are being taught nothing but bullshit. I suppose it will make them easier to control and exploit by their bosses as adults if they are trained from an early age to be dumb.

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    4. ^Actually, this helped me with my Geography homework as we are learning about the global fashion industry and 'behind the scenes' of what goes on into the making our the clothes we wear. So no, I don't believe we are being taught bullshit. For one, we are being 'trained' to argue, like I am doing now. You're not at school anymore, so get your facts straight and do your research (like we're taught at school) before making some dumb comment.

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  13. External appearances are not important to me.... So, for me, fashion is not important at all... I think the entire fashion industry is just a waste of time and money....or more information about Fashion visit smcfashion website..

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    1. If fashion was not important to u ..u wouldnt be here..u hypocrite!..n whats that??u selling prom gowns here??lmao u madafaka.fashion IS important to everyone of us(one way or the other) ...if not u must be a retard/loner/or a miser..and by the way we are not here taking a consensus on who likes fashion n who does'nt !So if u got something good to say..say it.but keep ur negativity to ur God darn self...!!!
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  14. Don't get me wrong, sometimes it is great to wear cloths, but I think years ago at some point there was a horrible bullying pressure to set ourselves appart from animals, or perhaps it was the importance of creating jobs and work for people- which does not make as much sense,mostlikely both. Because it is absolutely enjoyable to not wear clothes and still feel confident with others (which many now including me, rarely do feel completely comfortable naked infront of people they don't know, I mean, like you would with clothes on ) In fact it is a law to be decent; if every other animal can accept one another nude why can't we? So by wearing cloths your saying don't arrest me- I pay my way with these clothes.

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  15. Thank you it helped me for my essay
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  16. This had really helped me on my essay on fashion. Now i know why fashion is important. Thank You!

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  17. Also, my style was inspired by what i saw around me and i just mixed it up with my personality. For example, i am mostly happy so i mostly wear bright and neon colors. Sometimes to not look like i copied an outfit off of a manikin, i add something unique and special. To send a good message to others i use my fashion as an expression.

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  19. Fashion is a great way of self expression. It is important to culture, religion.

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  20. Fashion as we know it in the west is totally pointless and a complete waste of time. It is just another way to distract vain members of the proletariat from their enslavement by the elite.

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