A funny thing happened to me a few months ago, someone I met at a dinner party referred to me as a fashion blogger. I found this funny as I have never really thought of myself as being ‘in fashion’. This got me to thinking about fashion and my love affair with clothes. I have always loved clothes they acted as my costume and if I am completely honest they still do.
I was a very awkward child and teenager. I was all limbs and I felt uncomfortable with my height so I never walked confidently. In addition to this I was bullied and could never have been described as cool. Looking back at that time of my life now I think I was cool. At the age of 11 I was listening to Leonard Choen, Television, The Ramones and Marvin Gaye, reading comic books and watching old movies. So in fact I was a little cool but it does not pay to be different as a child. It was then that I started to use clothes as a costume. If I was already different I was just going to run with it. I wore bright colours, clashing patterns and hippy skirts and stood out like a sore thumb which was exactly what I was aiming for.
I think I still use clothes as a costume today, however today I am not hiding behind clothes as I did when I was younger. I don’t have a distinctive style because I want my outfits to match my mood. If I am feeling low I may want to wear comfy clothes and hide but I am far more likely to dress up and change my mood by making my clothes smile for me. We all play dress up, for a date, for an interview, for a picnic. I wear quite a lot of vintage items, not only because I like the way they look but they help me to escape to a bygone era and play make believe. The clothes we wear is the first thing we get to say about ourselves to the world. But does that mean I am interested in fashion?
When I think of fashion I think of people wearing the latest trends. Is that still the case? Today there is an option for everyone to have access to a wide variety of styles and trends so has the term fashion changed to mean interested in clothing?
I am sure that there will be many differing opinions out there but for the record here is what I have concluded. Fashion is something that you create yourself. Wearing things that express yourself or what you are wanting to project of yourself that day. We are complex multifaceted people it only makes sense that our wardrobes may reflect this. Wear what suits you, what you feel comfortable in and that makes you smile, brings you comfort or makes you stand out. Just wear it with confidence and pride and if you happen to be ‘in fashion’ so be it.