Clothes Secure Confidence….Always!
My personality comes through in my clothes. This is true of most people. Regardless if you want it to or not, fashion plays a role in your life each and every day. A nice outfit doesn’t only give the wearer a pleasant look; it also makes him or her feel more confident. The way you dress in a job interview may also make your employer perceive you as a trustworthy and committed person. Yes, it’s just that serious.
At the same time, imagine life without fashion. How would it be to wake up one morning and see everybody dressed in the exact same way? How boring is that? Wouldn’t the entire world be colorless and monotonous? It definitely would, considering that fashion brings diversity to the world and encourages freedom of expression. Look, this is America. We are a visual society. If you look a certain way, I’m going to believe that you represent what your wardrobe is saying in that exact moment. Period! This is where music makes a huge impact on fashion. Your favorite singer will influence the next thing you buy just because you are a fan. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Boy George, David Bowie and Elvis Presley will go down in history for not only their amazing catalogue of music, but more so for what they wore on stage.
It is also worth mentioning that fashion has an important psychological impact as well, Not only does it boosts self-esteem, but it also encourages people to be right-brained individuals. Picasso once said that every child is born an artist and for some this art is fashion itself. Almost all people show skill when they choose to express themselves through clothes, but there are also some people for whom designing clothes is their destiny. These are the fashion designers and if they were forced to bury their ideas away just because others don’t like fashion, there would be a waste of great talents. The way some designers mix colors and garments is astonishing and what we see on the runways can be art at its finest. Designers such as Jason Wu, Tracey Reese, Bill Blass, Gianni Versace, Tom Ford, and Ralph Lauren are all artists who give vision to the world. They enrich people through fashion and give them something they can identify with. At the same time, they also have an important role within the society: not only fashion designers influence the choices of people in terms of fashion, but they also dictate the new trends.
Considering this, Ralph Lauren makes an excellent example. Throughout his life, he constantly proved that dreams and passion entwine with fashion in perfect harmony. He started his life career designing neckties and even though he was never trained to become a fashion designer, he soon became famous because he offered people clothes that were the expression of their and his ideals. Moreover, he had the strength to pursue his dreams from the very beginning, strongly believing in himself when many people were only trying to discourage him.
In the end, it’s the choice of people to let the prejudices away and acknowledge it the way they should. Offering value to things will teach us to offer value to ourselves, which is why fashion is important.
Denise Y. Mose, Ph.D is the owner/creator of Simply D Perfume and Beauty Skin Care Line. She is also the host of her own talk show, Urban America Today (www.myjbn.com). She is an authority on education, business, beauty/fashion, career coaching and etiquette. Her third book, The Guilt-Free Guide to Fashion, is currently on bookshelves across the nation!! The American Image Consultant Association often seeks her advice on wardrobe and fashion seminars. She can be reached through her Agent Monique Mason at 407-230-0953. You may visit her online at www.denisemose.com and www.danielformen.net