Why do we conform to fashion?

Google “underwear as outerwear” and you are going to get a multitude of articles, style guides and how to’s. But why can we be so fashion forward in some ways, and yet so conformist in others?

I’ve always hated doing what I was told, so when it came to fashion I always wanted to do things a little differently. Play outside the box so to speak. I worked in retail for over 10 years, whilst I was studying fashion and the one thing I hated was a uniform. Not only did I feel it took away peoples right to express themselves, it forced them to wear garments in specific ways.

Sure a skirt was designed to be worn as a skirt, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to wear it as one! The same goes for that dress, wear it as a jacket, wear it as a top, hell wear it as a head scarf if you want to. So when magazines talk about finding your fashion ‘uniform’ it literally makes me want to do the opposite of everything they are telling me. As I’ve always said…

FASHION IS MEANT TO BE FUN!

On top of this whole resurgence of the ‘fashion uniform’ being in Vogue, I feel with the rise of throwaway fashion that we don’t actually strive to style things differently anymore. You buy a top, you wear it twice and you are done with it. There is no trying to style it into different things, different outfits. Because we can just go and buy another for £20.  And isn’t that just a little sad? We no longer treasure clothing because it’s a throwaway thing. We always have to have the latest trends, to be seen ‘keeping up with fashion’. And in a way we are losing ourselves and our innovative streaks to normality.

When I go shopping I like to shop in all departments, like mamna RU said; “Life is about using the whole box of crayons.” Menswear is meant for Men but does that mean Women can’t wear it? HELL NO! And is Womenswear just for Women? HELL TO THE NO! When I shop I want to be able to play with all the textures, all the colours, all the shapes.

So wear pink with red, thigh high boots with a jumper your granny knitted your dad! Just don’t wear what someone else tells you to, because you feel you have to. Wear it because you want to!

Isn’t that the point of fashion? Wearing what you want no matter what?

Shirt – Next // Skirt – ASOS // Bag – Radley // Shoes – Next // Earrings – Little Arrow

2 Comments

  1. Kathryn June 14, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I find styling so difficult, especially in my job. I’m a primary school teacher and often what teachers wear can be looked down on or judged, I live for the weekends when I can wear what I want.
    I love scouring the men’s department for clothes and quite often steal my husbands clothes!
    LOVING that pink shirt on you as well.
    Thanks for sharing.
    -Kathryn xx
    http://hellokathryn.com/

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