Being a girl, we all love our clothes, hair and make up. Dressing up and playing with the latest trends and products. But I’d like to pitch the questions who are we trying to impress? In a world where we are so concerned about our looks, who are you dressing to impress? I’ve categorised the types of people I think there are out there, let me know which one you think you are.
Who are you dressing to impress?Â
What goes through your mind when you are picking an outfit? Girls are notoriously indecisive when it comes to fashion, I know it’s stereotypical, but generally, it would be true. I’ve spent a long time trying to define my style and still to this day, I’m not always feeling confident or happy with the way I look, I ponder it frequently, why am I bothered? Who am I trying to impress?
So who are you trying to dress for?
For the boys…
This category is mainly for the singletons out there, I was in this category for a very brief amount of time in my early teens, so I don’t have much experience of this mind set. Although, I must say it’s the category that concerns me the most. I think most of the UK’s female population fits into this group.
Now is the time for me to sound like an old lady, but seriously, what is going on with the youth of today. I’ve seen so many young girls with terrible tans, skin tight outfits, hem lines that skim the buttocks and heels that could challenge the trashiest of pole dancers. Chuck in the trowel full of bronzer, fake lashes and HD Brows and you’ve got a mega trampy look. I don’t get it at all, the only reason why this could be consider attractive is that illusion that guys find this attractive.
Really? REALLY? I don’t think guys think this looks attractive, I think this makes guys think you are easy and makes girls think your a a tramp. Whatever happened to modesty, old school glamour and the allure of tasteful teasing. It seems the legs or boobs rule died a death a long time ago.
For the girls…
This category is all about peer pressure and pressure from the media to conform to the latest trends. The cause of throwaway fashions, allowing for girls to afford to buy a new outfit every week and chuck it away when it looks tired after just a few washes.
Let’s have a look at these girls at present, I’m seeing leggings, oversized shirts, flatforms and dip dyed hair. The Topshop girl. They dress like they’ve just got home from a festival every day of the year and pull their outfit inspiration direct from their favourite blog or magazine.
Under the pressure to conform to what is considered fashionable or cool in the mass media. Don’t know why, what’s going to happen if you can’t get yourself the latest Topshop jeggings? Nothing.
What’s the worst bit? You end up with a room full of girls looking exactly the same and the increases fashion failure of turning up somewhere wearing the same thing. Great.
This is the dream category, what we should aspire to fit into and the category that is certainly lacking on membership.
Why do we shop? To makeÂ ourselvesÂ feel better, to reward ourselves and for the social aspect too. So, surely we should be buying things that we, as individuals love and want to own. We shouldn’t be buying something because it will make the boys stare at our boobs more or because your best friend’s friend’s sister said that it looks cool. We should be buying things that we think look good and that make us feel happy to wear. Even if it does result in some crazy, sailor/teacher/librarian/child style combo. If it makes YOU feel go, you should do it.
Of course, on the high street, we are largely dictated to on what we can buy, due to the fashion seasons that are now majorly influenced by trends rather than comfort, quality, fun or timeless style. But, if you think outside the box, it is still possible for you to create your own unique style.
Where do I fit in?
Naturally, it’s always going to be difficult to fit into that dream category and being free of social pressures to conform completely. But you can always find a balance, if you spot something that makes you feel happy and you love it, don’t consider what other people will think, go for it.
Be brave and make your own style.
Take inspiration from fashion, without it dictating your style.
Fashion is short lived and shallow, style is timeless.
What do you reckon?
Tell me a comment or a tweet @JayneJRead