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I think people are often close-minded when it comes to art – it should be appreciated in all its forms and it shouldn’t really matter whether a piece of art is created by a person who just started learning about homey crafts or a recognized artist who’s known worldwide.
I also believe it’s the same with clothes – there are commercial lines which are trending at the moment and you can find them in stores in any corner of the world. On the other hand, there are valuable pieces in which months and months of work are invested and which are showcased in fashion houses. However, I’d like to list out a few reasons why I think fashion, in all its forms, should be taken as a very approachable and a very practical form of art.
Aesthetics Are a Necessity
Being surrounded by beauty is necessary for human beings – if we lack aesthetics in our environment, we’re often prone to bad moods and we become easy targets for depression. We’re all familiar with the fact that aesthetics are highly subjective and that it all depends on a person’s taste and preferences.
Isn’t it quite the same with fashion? We find clothes to be a necessity – obviously – and we get frustrated when wearing something we don’t like or that’s not flattering to our body type, right? Getting dressed each morning is pretty much like deciding what your mood will be throughout the day, only some people do it consciously, while others don’t.
It’s a Way to Express Yourself
Not everyone is a talented artist and some people spend a lifetime trying to find themselves as one. However, you can still enjoy that kind of beauty by surrounding yourself with pieces of art and enjoying the various vibes you get from them on a daily basis.
It is the same with clothes – you’ll feel a lot better when you put on a piece of garment that you were happy to find and you combine with another one that makes you feel good in your own skin. Besides, if you’re anything like me, you can spend hours looking at the most expensive shoes ever made or the most beautiful gowns ever worn and simply just enjoy your view.
Fashion Introduces Change
It’s imperative that you have dynamics in your life. An enormous amount of people are trying to find out why they are constantly in a bad mood or depressed, even though they do seem to have everything a person can ask for.
That’s usually because things have been monotonous for quite some time now, and you can’t get out of your own skin long enough to notice that you need a change. It’s often very demanding for a person to make cardinal life changes because that affects everyone involved in their life, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t change yourself.
Therefore, the very next time you’re bored out of your mind, you should play mad scientist and do some experimenting on yourself. A certain age does require a level of professionalism when it comes to your fashion style, because of your career advancement, but that still doesn’t imply that you need to have one look forever.
Unique and Collective
I’m sure you have heard about the phrase “fashion statement” and I’d like to go through what it represents for just a bit. There are two types of people – those who spend their lives trying to blend in and those who do their best to stand out. Whichever of these two groups you belong to, this mission of yours is very accomplishable if you’d only widen your knowledge about fashion.
Not only that, but a fashion signature contributes to your personality, and it’s simple to leave the exact first impression you want on people when you develop it.
On the other hand, if we look past individuality, fashion is a way to affect world happenings and it can do so in a powerful way. During the hippie movement for example, you could see flowers and peace signs everywhere you look, and it’s not at all difficult to conclude what that subgroup is trying to tell the world.
The fact is that most of us can’t really afford haute couture, but the thing is, you don’t really have to in order to enjoy how you look. If you start perceiving fashion as art, which I strongly believe it is, you’ll appreciate your garments more, you’ll take better care of them, and become selective about what you put on – because it truly is an extension of your personality.
I am a blogger with a Master’s degree in English language and literature from University of Belgrade. I simply love computer games, especially World of Warcraft, which I have been playing since the beginning. I like surfing the Internet, looking for awkward facts and using them when people least expect.