Well what a atom bomb of a question, but one that needs to be asked and answered. If you think of it fashion has been around since man was created, in fact if you read the account God was the first fashion designer – Genesis 3:21 and for a perfect intellect the clothes were made for a functional purpose “to cover a naked body” . These days fashion is somewhat of an enigma, as high fashion dictates to our generation what is cool and what is not.
My whole purpose of writing this article is not to debate the functional side of fashion, but the lunacy of designer pricing, stupidity of what people think clothing does for them in regards to their image or self esteem, and how utterly ridiculous said fashion really is and how it makes average people look like clowns.
A BRIEF WARNING:
If you are sensitive to the wave of fashion trends then this may not be something you may be able to stomach, but if you are brave, read on
So where do i start? I think designer pricing is a great place. I recently ventured into some designer shops with my wife whilst out on our anniversary, now whilst I like the next person loves to look neat an tidy in clothes that will flatter what good features I have, I do not believe you have to pay the price of a Harley Davidson to do that, but one look at the prices in Chanel , and it became apparent to me that the price for high fashion is just stupid. We looked at a rather pretty mid rift sized cardigan, now I have to say it looked very pretty but with a price tag of AU$3500.00 I am a little lost for words to find out where the worth is in that? If you can tell me then off you go.
Some will say price of fame , advertising, models and famous people endorsements etc, but I am sorry they are not good enough arguments.
Bonds makes underwear that famous people endorse and wear, and bonds does some pretty extreme advertising, yet they are no where near the price of Calvin Klien underwear, and in some cases much more comfortable (this is from experience)
Is it because they use superior materials and are hand made buy the best tailors in the world? Again not good enough arguments. Take my wife for instance , went to a brilliant couture to have her wedding dress designed and made, we bought the finest Duchess Silk, and the work on this dress was impressive, total cost $2000.00 remember this is a one off original and a full dress I might add including all the stuff that goes to make it all fit together.
I am sure there could be much discussion on the validity of the prices that are charged, and I am especially one that would rather pay a little more to have something made properly, that will last and is not disadvantaging some minority group set up in a sweat shop somewhere, but at the end of the day, the prices asked by these designer companies is no short of bigotry, only the rich are deserving of fine fashion? Well I have a wake up call for all you out there that think like this. All you have to do is refer to the winner of Melbourne Cup Fashion on the field 2009, where the winner who won against some of Australia’s best designers, was donned in a $18.00 dress she bought online for the US.
Now what about the statement ” My Clothes Make me feel special” mmmmm!!
Well they may make you feel special, but sometimes that special feeling doesn’t relate to how it looks to others.
All women are endowed with beauty, you don’t have to look like Scarlett Johansen, or Rachel Welsh (for you of an older generation) to look stunning. But bad choice in clothing can make you look cheap, and very unappealing. I am constantly shocked by young and old , in what they get around in, from mid rift tops being worn by overweight teenagers sporting a more than ample muffin top, to those hideous wearers of tights, I am sorry these are meant for people to wear in places where you can not bee seen, unless you have the body for it, and what is it with woman that are visibly larger than normal wearing mini skirts?? Just terrible.
No matter how much you tell yourself that it makes you feel special it just looks down right trashy, and is certainly not appealing, and you might want to note that people are looking at you, not because you look special or stunning, but you just look like an idiot.
In the case of wearing designer clothing and accessories to make you look more beautiful and desirable, I have already established if you choose wisely, you can dress yourself rather economically and still be fashionably appealing, however there are still people out there that think by wearing designer clothing, people will respect them more and find them more appealing, well I have some news on that score for you as well. No matter weather you wear $1100.00 Jimmy Choo shoes or $100 pair of Sandler Stilletos for example, if you have cankles (no ankles, in other words tree trunks for legs) you will look pretty much the same, just $1000.00 poorer, and not to mention that no one would really know unless you go around telling everyone which is not an endearing quality. So dress for your body shape, don’t be sucked in by ritzy advertising, and send a message to the designers that they make clothes to cover a “naked body”.
Now I am sure you have something to say about all this so I welcome your comments, but remember I am not saying we need to conform to the body image portrayed in models etc, actually quite the opposite, I am saying that we should be happy with the body we have and that all women, and men have features that make them individual and beautiful to others however we should dress appropriately based on those features, and not be sucked into thinking that a current fashion or line of clothing will make us more appealing if we wear it, just because the models look good in it.