Vera, Badgley, Victoria, Carolina, Christian. What do all of these people have in common? I desperately want to be in them.
Get your head out of the gutter, they are all clothing designers that I adore! If I could afford their clothing, I’d be sleeping in a Marc Jacobs dress every night. Right now my fix remains on shoes, since its easier to get ones that look expensive but are decently cheap. I own around 40 pairs and the only thing better than sitting and staring at them, is bringing a new pair home to join the family.
Fashion is inevitable. We all are a part of the world of fashion. Whether we realize it or not, what we wear has been dictated at some point by someone. Whether it was a designer who decided they were going to go with a certain cut and everyone copied, or the logo that the company decided on, we all have been branded in some “fashion” (hehe couldn’t help it).
For me, its best said by someone I (sadly) relate to very well: Rebecca Bloomword played by Isla Fisher in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic
“You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better”
The fashion industry has an amazing way of making you feel as though you’re important (holding the right color bag during the right season with the right logo and the right outfit), or making you feel very, very low (not being able to afford those beautiful duds in the first place). I watched a documentary that garshdarn near rocked my world a year ago called: The September Issue in which a camera followed the notorious Anna Wintour (Know Her) during the production and execution of the most important magazine in all of history! Ok, thats a light flab, but a lot of people read that issue. She refers to those who put the fashion industry down in the following quote,
“I think what i often see is that people are frightened about fashion. Because it scares them or
make them feel insecure they just put it down. On the whole people that may say, the mean things
about our world I think that’s usually because they feel, in some ways, excluded or, you know,
not a part of ‘the cool group’ so as a result they just mock it. Just because you like to put on
a beautiful Carolina Herrera dress or a pair of J Brand blue jeans instead of something basic
from K-Mart it doesn’t mean that you’re a dumb person.” (Anna Wintour)
Now, of course I need to do some research. I look up first, how fashion effects our society. I get back simple answers on the “we are what we wear” track The Importance of Fashion. This is very much true. You speak volumes through your clothing and the appearance you put out there. Here, Zac Posen gives his take:
Ok, yes again a good point. But still, is fashion really that important? Now, let me be the first to say, what I am about to google is entirely hypocritical to half of what I say in real life. I decide to search for the negative effects of fashion on society. Surprise, surprise, it wasn’t too hard to find answers there.
The first real issues with how we look at fashion is an obvious one for our current political climate: debt. Yes, I would love to own every Christian Louboutin shoe ever created.
But does it even make sense to me that I should pay a minimum of $700 to even put my feet in one single pair?! Sorry, but the cheap in me says no. Do I think that one day I might make that very easy mistake of clicking “proceed to checkout” after pay day? Which includes a bonus? And overtime…? You like how I’m justifying a purchase that hasn’t even happened yet? haha but thats what so many of us do.
I looked up credit card statistics and they are horrifying for young adults. The median amount of credit card debt a freshman undergraduate is carrying has tripled since 2004 to 2008 to $939 and as of 2009, undergraduates carried an average of 4 credit cards. 4?! 4 credit cards?! Thats straight up absurd. I’ll tell you what I did when I had a credit card in college. I bought food and clothes. And then I never paid it off because I’m an idiot. Thats a fun story to re-hash now when I look at my credit score, but at least I spent money on decent shoes that are still wearable…right?
The second major negative: self-esteem issues! Here is a site that had some of the easiest to digest pro ana (pro-anorexia) pictures: Pro Ana Site and yes, the majority of the pictures they get their “thinspiration” from are models in fashion ads. To start saving their skin, Vogue has started a campaign to shut down pro ana sites. Some designers have started walking the walk: skinny models banned. Even retailers are beginning to see the backlash when it comes to the models they use looking too skinny. Is the fashion industry solely to blame for our obsessions over our bodies? No. But when they don “plus sized” at a size 6, they really aren’t helping their case.
Now, I’ll leave it up to you to decide if fashion is actually important to you, or if you feel others opinions are what make it important to you. I think that, with some work, the fashion industry could be something that is seen all around positive. But we will never be able to make those who spend too much, stop spending and those who see themselves a certain way stop staring in the mirror. I will probably continue to be a slave to fashion merely because, when I look down at how those new heels hug my ankle and create a sexy arch in a great texture and high platform, I am happy. You know, until my credit card bills arrive…
“They said I was a valued customer. Now they send me hate mail” — Rebecca Bloomwood
Just in case you’re worried you’re addicted like me ;) 6 Signs You’re a Shopaholic