What is Fashion?

Fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry, employing millions of people around the world. It’s not only clothing, but also shoes, jewelry and accessories. It is a form of art and expression, a language of style that communicates our ideas and feelings. It can be understated, elegant and sophisticated or high-energy, hip and trendy. It can even be used to convey our political ideas, such as in nineteenth century England when laws were passed to ban the wearing of French clothes and in twentieth century communist revolutions where uniforms abolished class distinctions.

Fashion changes constantly, so much so that it can be hard to define. Essentially, it’s a combination of changing trends from all areas of culture including all areas of design and creativity. Fashion also encompasses all aspects of our lives and can be as simple as a new hairstyle or as complex as an entire look.

For some, keeping up with the latest trends is a top priority. While for others, it’s just a way to express themselves and their individuality. Often, our style changes throughout our lives to find the looks that best fit who we are at any given moment. This is especially evident during adolescence as we go through a phase of finding ourselves.

Whether it’s a new haircut, or a pair of sneakers with the latest logo, embracing fashion can help us feel confident and empowered. It’s a visual way to show the world our personal flair, a little bit of magic that makes us unique and stand out from the crowd.