Last Updated on June 14, 2021 by Bob De Generio
Fashion is what gets us to wear clothes. It’s the reason why we put on makeup, brush our hair, and take care of ourselves. Fashion isn’t just a trend or style; it’s an expression of who we are as people. In this blog post, you will learn about the history of fashion and how it has evolved over time.
What Does “Fashion” Mean?
The word fashion comes from Old French faschier meaning ‘to adorn’. Early in its history, ‘fascinare’ (Latin) meant ‘to cast a spell’ but by late antiquity had come to refer to dressmaking. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “fashion” as something that is “stylish, elegant or smart in appearance and especially clothing.”
Fashion also refers to what people think about a particular thing. For example, if you wear an outfit that has been completely out of style for the past five years, it will be interpreted as unfashionable. This word can’t be used as an adjective because there are no singular forms of fashion; only plural forms.
There have been many different styles throughout history when it comes to clothes and accessories but what actually makes up these styles? A trend! Trends come into play with fashion because they dictate how we clothe ourselves today based on what was popular several decades ago or even centuries ago. However, this isn’t always true – some trends are just a one-time thing and are never repeated.
The definition of fashion is something that has to do with the way people dress, what they wear, why they wear it, or how their clothes look in relation to others around them.
There’s so much more than meets the eye when it comes to this word! It doesn’t just refer exclusively to clothing – there’s also hairstyles, makeup styles and different accessories you can put on yourself as well. There is such a diverse amount of things related to fashion because everyone likes different things which makes sense given our unique personalities. What may be fashionable for someone else might not be for somebody else based on their own personal preferences.
Is Fashion An Art?
Fashion does not necessarily need to be an art in order for it to have creativity. Some people may think that if they are wearing something new or different then it is automatically considered as being fashionable, but the fact remains – what you wear can still represent your personality and zest even without blending into other items of clothing.
For example, there was a study done on Japanese high school students where one group wore their regular clothes while another group wore fashionable clothes but didn’t show any difference between them when comparing lifestyles. The conclusion was drawn from this experiment because neither picked up more social cues than the other which showed how much individuals define themselves by what they wear rather than completely relying on others’ opinions. So while some say that fashion is just what’s in style, when it really comes down to what matters the most is how you feel about what you wear.
Uses Of Fashion?
-to feel confident and comfortable with what you wear
-express your personality through the clothes you wear
-show who you are to others by what they see on the outside
-a way of living a more fashionable lifestyle without having to spend too much money or time
-can be used for self-expression, confidence-boosting, expressing yourself authentically in public spaces. But also can make it harder to find jobs because when employers have an image in mind this is often not what they want even though many people will say that wearing high fashion makes them feel good about themselves. This was evidenced as a study showed how individuals felt happy after wearing something from H&M which made them think that their clothing choice brought meaning into their lives.
What Is The Difference Between Style And Fashion?
Style is what you wear to express yourself. Fashion is how society has deemed “acceptable” clothing, which changes over time. The word fashion can often be used as a euphemism for “trendy clothes” because it’s hard to find articles in the mainstream media about anything else. There are many things that influence trends including music, celebrities and past fashions but one of the most influential factors on what we wear is each other; people imitate others or even try to outdo them by wearing something different from their peers.
Fashion also means high-quality clothing with expensive labels such as Chanel and Prada where style could mean jeans from American Eagle and an H&M.
How Does Fashion Impact Society?
Fashion is a form of communication. You wear what you like, and people will notice which styles are popular in your peer group or social circle. What clothes someone’s wearing can also tell others how they feel about themselves or the world at large. Fashion can be used to create an identity for oneself that says something specific about who they are without saying anything aloud; it can also be a way to hide from society by covering up one’s body so no one knows their true self underneath. The internet has allowed us to find clothing items that we might not have access to locally if ever there was such a thing as “closet fashion” before then!
Does Fashion Define A Person’s Character?
I don’t think fashion defines a person’s character. I believe that the company one keeps and what they do in their spare time is more indicative of who they are as an individual. I might be wrong though, haha!
What about you? What does your style say about you? Let me know below! Leave a comment to let me know what you thought of this article, or even tell me if it helped answer any questions for you!