As I walk around public places on any given day I always notice what people are wearing, I critique almost every item they have on. Perhaps I`m shallow, or perhaps I just want people to look the best they can. I also critique myself and strive to make desirable changes to my appearance and wardrobe. “Does it really matter what someone is wearing?”, one might ask. Yes, I think it absolutely does! Fashion is a way to express our culture, our identity, our interests. Fashion is the peacock feathers we were not born wearing.
Do you ever notice how many times, groups of people with similar interests dress alike? Lets look at the punk Rock Fashion that generally developed in the 1970`s and continues today. One can assume that people dressed in these fashions will likely have very similar interests, especially in music. Fashion can be a great way to “associate” with others, just the same that a sporting team has the same uniform, or a business that requires its employees to wear the same outfit.
Personally, I dont like to label fashion, nor do I like to label anything, however it tends to be necessary when having a discussion so that everyone involved can visually identify what is being discussed. If I say “preppy clothes” most will visualize something very clean looking, Ivy league, nautical stripes, pastel colors. If I say grunge (1990`s), plaid, ripped, denim, dirty, long hair, generally loose fitting, will likely be visualized.
It is not a coincidence that certain groups of people dress similarly. This is one of the reasons fashion IS important. The two most basic words for its purpose I can think of is: IDENTIFY, EXPRESS.