Monday, 24 July 2017

Slaves to fashion?

The video above is a 60 Minutes interview with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. For the uninitiated, like me, Anna Wintour is one of the leading figures in the world of fashion, and she is one of the people who set the standards for fashion in the world.

What is fashion though?

Is it just a few people telling us that we should wear these kinds of clothes or shoes at this time of the year because if we don't then we will be looked down upon by society and even worse, we might be laughed at?

It seems to me now, and be warned, I'm not the most fashionable guy in the world, that it is "fashionable" to wear suit pants, dress shoes and no socks.

Whoever came up with this, needs to be shot. It does not look good at all.

Obviously, some person said, "we should put the sock companies out of business." He or she obviously knew that we (people) are like she and we want to follow the flock (herd) whether we like it or not. They must know that thousands of years ago, the idea that you might be shunned from the group would mean certain death.

Very much the same now, isn't it?

"What the f**k are you wearing?" is heard quite a bit isn't it? That particular person who turns up to the party not wearing what everyone else is. Fashion suicide. Social suicide too probably.

That reminds me of this scene from Mean Girls:

Lindsay Lohan obviously didn't get the memo about what is fashionable at the party and of course was ostracised from the start rather than be congratulated for her fashion flair and daring and playing along to the occasion as well.

All of this makes me wonder, would it be fair to say that introverts are a little less, lets say, fashion savvy when it comes to dressing, while extroverts like to dress up and impress. (What's that saying? Dress to impress?)

I can only go from my experience and the answer to that is yes.

My friend likes to dress to impress. His clothes are always of the highest fashion. His hair is always immaculate and he is certainly an extrovert. He loves going to parties and socialising with all and sundry.

Another close friend of mine is someone I would put on the introverted side of the spectrum and his fashion sense is shall we say, limited.

Maybe, and this is just me speculating, because extroverts like to get out and socialise, they care more about their fashion than introverts do. They realise that they want to stand out by not standing out, so they dress to the nines, while introverts don't go out so much so they don't make an effort. They dress for comfort as opposed to making an impression.

Who is right? Who is wrong?

Probably the fashion industry would say that the extroverts are correct as they are following trends but what did Robert Frost say?

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference."

Go about it your own way and take solace that the people who are making fun of you are just slaves. They are slaves to fashion. They are slaves to society and they can't even imagine going about it by themselves.

It takes courage to go at it alone but the rewards are there and it can even start you on a path to something special.

Who knows?

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