What does your style say about you?

The clothes that people wear can tell you a lot about them, their personality or even their mood, even from a single, fleeting glance.

A quote from Marc Jacobs, an American fashion designer, says “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” Fashion can be used as a way to express individuality and personality, which is why it is such an important and big concept in society.

The idea of fashion has always been around so long as there have been clothes, it has just grown into a bigger concept in modern society. While it now expresses a person’s individuality, a long time ago it was used to identify people and their class or wealth.

Fashion can be recognisable, you can identify what decade a picture was taken in just by a glance at the style. Each decade has its own staple pieces, for example the ’80s were filled with shoulder pads, mean wearing crop tops and bold colours. One of the biggest ways to identify the ’80s is by the hair, the decade was renown for people getting perms and so it created a distinctive hairstyle to add to fashion.

In modern fashion, a lot of things have come back into style from previous decades, such as overalls, scrunchies and chokers. Despite being known from other decades, they are given a fresh look when they are mixed with modern style. Some of these looks are classed as vintage or retro looks, but most are seen as just a new trend.

Fashion doesn’t only have one ideology, the concept of fashion can vary from country to country, from different cultures, religions or individual people. The western world is filled with individuality fashion, you can guess things about a person based solely on their look, for example, an art student can be spotted easily just by their sense of style.

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language,” says Miuccia Prada,  Italian fashion designer and granddaughter of the founder of Prada.

A person’s fashion sense is always changing, it can change subtly over a long period of time. A lot of factors come into play when it comes down to a person’s style, such as money, availability, geography or even body type.

Some people have a sense of style that can be categorized, including bohemian, vintage, chic, casual and street among many. Sometimes style can be a mixture of these, to add a whole new level.

To create an individual style, a person normally has some staple items they are rarely seen without. This could be a pair of boots, a hat or a jacket. It could be anything worn, it could even be a type of hairstyle or makeup look, like how Ariana Grande is always seen with a ponytail and so it became an iconic part or trademark of her look and brand.

Having an individual style can add a lot of personality to a person. Everyone has a style (though some styles may not be seen as being ‘fashionable’) and a sense of style. Some people show a lot of their personality through their clothes but others are more than what they wear and how they present themselves.

No one can guess how fashion is going to change or what the trends will be in the coming years, it can’t even be said what is going to be on trend next month. Fashion is something that we have to live through and adapt to.

Rachel Halpin

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