To start off today, I just wanted to quote a few of my favorite fashion icons:
“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” —Alexander Wang
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” —Gianni Versace
“Attitude is everything.” —Diane von Furstenberg
What is definitive fashion? Is it simply strolling around the town in your finest? Is it making a statement? Is it giving the finger to society?
To me, fashion is all of these things…and more.
You can even take away the word definitive. All fashion is definitive.
Fashion not only involves the clothing you wear, it is your attitude. It says that you have a goal, that you care. On the other hand, fashion also says that you don’t care. It’s no wonder that rock stars are very fashionable. It goes with the whole rebellion thing. Don’t worry about trends. If you’re doing it right, you’ll be setting trends.
“Well, clothes don’t make the person!” Actually it does. What is the difference between someone rich and someone poor? Money, yes, but also attitude. You’re saying that you care, you matter, and you’re the right person for the job.
True fashion is also about personality. I have never met someone who is well-dressed and boring. I used to know a friend in high school and college, who was and still is very into his appearance. He always gelled up his hair and he would layer his clothing accordingly. First, undershirt, dress shirt, sweater, jacket, and last but not least, necklaces and other assorted jewelry. He would always carry around a bag that was slung over one shoulder. In it, he would carry bottles of cologne and hair products. At the time, I didn’t think much of it and honestly, most of my other friends didn’t either. They were mostly into sports, while this friend of mine was strictly into fashion. He would spontaneously go to the bathroom to check on his hair. There was never a dull moment with him. He was always very energetic and humorous, even when others and I were going through our Nirvana phase. Now that I think about it, the people that I’ve most enjoyed spending time with, were and are those into fashion. They carry a certain aura and it makes life more pleasant to be around them.
It also influences productivity. I like Alexander Wang’s quote from above. Have you ever noticed how differently you act on your days off? If you work from home, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Take care friends!