There is much scholarly debate over fashion and clothing and their importance within present day society. Fashion and clothing can be defined as many things that hold our society together. Fashion can be defined as a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette and socialising, or the conventional usage in dress and manners, whereas clothing is defined as garments collectively or something that covers. If fashion and clothing were abolished there would be no room for individuality, the world’s population would be uniform. There also would be a loss of the distinctions between social classes, which was most predominant in the 18th century but is still present today.
Clothing can be a way for different gender’s to relate to one another, through a common item of clothing such as jeans. In his article ‘Wearing Ideology: how uniforms discipline minds and bodies in Japan’, McVeigh states that ‘Jeans are the most student like piece of clothing that the students wear, they symbolise casualness, comfort, recreation, sociability and youth’.
Fashion itself is a reflection of social,economic,political and cultural changes.It expresses modernity,symbolising the spirit of the times.
Fashion is a popular style,especially in clothing,footwear,lifestyle products,hairstyle and body.
Clothing also known as clothes and attire.It is a collective term for garments,items worn on the body.
Clothing has always been an important part of society, with evidence from the earliest human civilizations. In history, climate, religion and political factors played a role in the fabrication, styling and even color of the garments that people wore. Today, the fashion industry is multi-faceted, and while climate and religion are still some factors in how we dress, there are many more influences in what we choose to wear.
When you think of the word fashion, what do you think? Do you think about outrageous runway outfits? Cocktail dresses? Tracksuits? Whatever your impression of fashion, it is obvious that fashion plays an important role in today’s society. We are judged by our clothing and appearance on an everyday basis, so why not make the most of our choices?
Everyday, we see hundreds of people. Whether we see them on the street, at work, at school, or on television, people pass through our visual field. Fortunately or unfortunately, we judge these people. It may be intentional, it may be unintentional, or it may be somewhat intentional, but we form opinions about people based on their style of dress.