HI everyone! Apologises for the long long time of no blogging. This site became non-existent for a bit, you can thank college and exams mixed with work experience! I decided to speak about something that bothers me, clothes!
Before you read, its a lengthy post, but its just sort of a debate of should we/ shouldn’t we be judged for what we wear. Let me know what you think!
Throughout decades, centuries even, clothes have been a form of expression and have given people the ability to hone in on a certain look or persona with different garments. As our society has changed and developed over all this time, the versatility of outfit building is utterly endless.
However, many teens are transforming the ‘ideal teenager’ style with many different variants. Yet this style shifting isn’t going down well with traditional and conservative baby boomer generation. And instead this change is morphing into a worldwide scandal, that most millennials still cant seem to grasp.
Is there too much pressure for teens, celebs and normal people alike, to dress a certain way to ensure that they please everyone and anyone at the same time? Are our teens dressing too provocatively for their age?
Surely this judgement and criticism isn’t having any good impact on the wellbeing of our society’s young people. This scandal ranges from pre-teens to young adults as many young girls around the world are facing severe scrutiny, even at school and university as some women are sent home as their outfits are deemed too revealing.
Stephanie Hughes, a student at Woodford County High School,Kentucky, was forced to go home after her outfit was ‘too revealing’ as it did not cover her collarbones. Surely these harsh and strict rules have some sort of affect. Does keeping up with trends and rules put pressure on young people?
We asked a few people if they thought that the clothes you wear really did have as big as an impact to find out if people really feel that clothes are the most effective way to impress people and why they feel this matters:
Angelia McLauchlan,50, Wedding Venue owner, said: “I had a few struggles with fashion through my early years.
“Having grown up with not a lot of money in my family I always felt very left out when my school friends had the latest fashions and I never.
“Now as a grown woman I realise that trying to fit in with school friends because of high end fashion I had wasted my time as a child and ruined friendships. If you didn’t have the updated fashion then you were left out and this was such a horrible feeling as a child.
“When I started to earn money I splashed all my wages on clothes it made me feel good at the time but then soon realised fashion changes very quickly and then I started to mix and match outfits to suit my budget.
“I feel confident with my wardrobe and now make my own choices and know what to buy because it’s in fashion. To wear something that makes you feel good inside and out will always outshine. I always thought how much does it cost? What label?
“Fashion to me was a nightmare growing up and with too much pressure put on you to fit in with the crowd.”
However, when I conducted an online Twitter poll, I found that 69% of people said that they didn’t feel that there was a huge pressure to keep up with the latest trends when it came to clothing, compared to 39% who seen clothing trends as a huge pressure to ensure that they ‘looked the part’.
One user, Tiffany, aged 21, said: “I feel like as I’ve gotten older I don’t worry about it as much, I just wear what I think is cute. In hindsight there’s more pressure in my opinion.”
Articles are written about celebrities and their fashion ‘failures’ almost daily. These articles are to highlight rules that the general public should follow in relation to outfit choices, and of course what not to wear in the fashion world. However, what people seem to miss from these articles is that, those who are being spoken about are in fact real people, who are perhaps expressing their real self through the art of clothes.
And of course, this does not just include celebrities. Young girls are topic of ruthless conversation in which they know nothing different from what they have as options in shops near them. They have grown up with certain ‘provocative’ clothes within their grasp, they know nothing else, yet are the stimulus of online arguments about whether they should be allowed out of their house, if there is a chance of cleavage or in fact collarbones on show.
The Chicago Now website posted an argumentative post with a twist that parents of this millennial age are in fact to blame for provocative dressing, and not todays celebrities.
Their post said: “As parents, it is our job to teach our daughters to respect themselves and to demand respect from others. When teenagers dress in a provocative manner, they are inviting disrespect from males young and old.
“Parents stop caving in to the madness that is supposed to be fashion for teenagers today. Your daughter is not holding a gun to your head, (at least I hope not) demanding that you buy her provocative clothes. Its your money and you choose what to spend it on.
“Actually, even when it is your daughter’s money, you still get to say what she spends it on because she lives under your roof and you are the parent! If your daughter goes shopping with her friends and you are not present, you should inspect her purchases.”
Should that really be judged harshly for views and shares? These articles seem to be igniting more negative connotations from strangers on the internet for free, as they have deemed their opinion, even though it is negative, as qualified to break down and attack a persons styling technique.
Gemma Lyall, 19, from Livingston said:” I feel like if I have a day where I don’t want to wear make up or do my hair nice and wear a pair of leggings and chuck on a hoodie.
“If I wear something like that when I’m out with Finlay, my son, people look at me as if I’m a dodgy mum. And I’m always bound to get looks from young girls if I don’t have make up on or my hair done. Just because they’re all dolled up like they’re going to a nightclub every night.
“No matter what you should be able to walk out your door without thinking you’re on a fashion show but now a days the second you step out the door you’re judged on appearance.”
Yet in a world where celebrities globally dominate and influence, there can’t be seen to not have any judgement forced upon not just famous faces, but this sinks down into our own lives and perspectives. This negative feedback even enforces and trickles down into normal people and are attacked for opinions.
An example, months after singer Beyoncé, was honoured with CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award, a young twitter user came to the app in order to ‘expose’ the moments during the singers career in which she would not have been worthy of such an award.
Instead, the twitter user who posted this ‘fashion mistakes’ thread, was attacked based on her own profile picture when it came to what she was wearing and how she wasn’t qualified enough to make such derogatory comments about one of the biggest A-list celebrities.
Fashion should be something that people can freely experiment with and also have no judgement attached to it. The rules and judgements of fashion should revert back to the origin of the actual word its self, old french, meaning ‘to make a shape or appearance.’ This brings us back to the creative prospects and endless opportunities that clothes give us. These opportunities should not be judged based on who wears them, their age, or their status.
All the love,