Fashion as a Form of Self-Expression

The word “fashion” is an umbrella term. There is no exact way to describe what fashion is, because it means something different to everyone. To some, fashion is a foreign concept: they have never really cared for wearing “fashionable” clothes because it’s not a priority to them, and therefore, don’t really give a thought about fashion in general. Others wear whatever makes them feel comfortable and confident, not really caring about much other than the comfortability of what they’re wearing. Then, there are the fashion connoisseurs, who constantly are keeping up with trends and making sure their outfits are always a 10/10. Everyone’s opinion on fashion is different, and one of the best things about fashion is that it doesn’t matter how you view it; it is all about individual expression. I asked a couple people to wear something that they would wear on an every day basis, and then asked what “fashion” means to them.

Molly McAlpine, ’21: “Fashion to me is a way to express myself. It makes me feel confident when I walk outside. I try to put together an outfit every morning so even if I’m having a bad day, at least I look good.”

Madie Mento, ’21: “Fashion, to me, is exactly who I am. The clothes I wear every day encapsulate me as a person and the goal when I get dressed in the morning is to feel as confident as possible. I’d say my style is “casually put together”. I like the basics. A classic plain white tee with jeans, jacket and heels makes me feel like I run the world.”

Eli Finkelson, ’21: “Fashion is what separates who I used to be, plain and lost, from who am now as a confident young woman with passions and goals. The clothes that I choose to put on, whether they’re casual and comfortable or they make me feel like I’m already a successful filmmaker, are all a representation of who I am and how I feel about myself as well as the world around me.”

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Fashion shouldn’t be something that has rules and regulations… it should be a form of self-expression. Fashion is art, and there is no right or wrong way to produce art. It can be whatever you want it to be. These girls are not fashion experts; they are a group of strong, independent women who are able to express themselves through the clothes that they wear.

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