One of the best things and my favourite thing about fashion is the ability it gives us to assume a different identity every single day of our lives. I’ve always known that how we look has a strong impact on how others perceive us. I know that with a change of a top I can go from geek to chic in a matter of seconds – I can play the role of girl gamer who loves a bit of Skyrim or I can play the role of confident go-getting woman who loves planning her next marketing campaign. Likewise, I can be neither.
A self-confessed ‘geek girl’?
It is this sense of changing identities that gives me that same crisis every morning – who do I want to be today? What role do I want to play? It is fashion that gives us this overarching sense of self-consciousness with every outfit we pick out on a daily basis – or is it? Could it be ourselves or the society we live in?
In fact, in a society such as todays that is so difficult to appear ‘normal’ in – because ‘normal’ has no definition – can we ever really present an authentic representation of ourselves without being, in some way, influenced by this society? Are we even capable of picking our own fabric persona any more?…
Is this really normal?
Those of you who disagree with this will be thinking that you wear what you wear because you like it and it’s you who solely made that choice. Might you be wrong? Perhaps you saw it on another person at some point? Saw it on a social network, at an event, in a magazine, on TV? Does what we pick out in the morning really represent who we are anymore or who we aspire to be, I question this more everyday.
The bottom line is, every morning, you become who you want to be or, at least, who you think you want to be and it is that that makes fashion important. It gives us that level of creativity and supposed control over ourselves and our self-representation, this keeps us sane in a world that struggles to define ‘normal’ and why should it seek out a normality anyway.
What’s your opinion? Do you agree or disagree?