Fashion is a popular, ever-changing, and global phenomenon that affects the world in which we live. Fashion is not just about the clothing we wear – it encompasses a wider range of things such as shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, and even language and culture. It is a worldwide industry that has the power to change the world, both economically and socially.
The earliest evidence of continuous and accelerating change in western clothing styles is generally dated to the late medieval period, although there is clear evidence of a ‘fashion cycle’ going back as far as the Tang Dynasty China and Heian Period Japan more than 1500 years ago. These cycles are often linked to significant events such as war, economic prosperity, or women’s social liberation.
For something to be considered fashionable it must be widely accepted and ‘followed’. This can be done either by directly following the latest trends, or indirectly by observing other people’s styles and choosing to imitate them. Some people who are highly influential in a particular society may be able to create new trends and influence what other people wear. These individuals are known as fashion designers, or more broadly as fashionistas.
While it is important to have staples in your closet that you can build upon (like some classic heels in black or nude that will never go out of style), it’s also fun to play around with different styles and see what suits you best. Just remember to be smart about it – don’t dress just because the latest fashion magazine says you should.