There’s a lot wrong with fashion but then again, there’s a lot right with fashion.

I have always had a ‘passion for fashion’ even though my early teenage years tend to disagree. Fashion is an essential and crucial way of expressing ourselves as individuals and experimenting with colours, cuts and styles. Of course, fashion, clothes and beauty aren’t for everyone but people definitely have their own taste as they do with music and film.

Even though I try to keep up with the latest trends and brands; I probably couldn’t tell you the difference between Givenchy and Celine, shocking I know. Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop me from reading up on the latest trends and keeping up with the Kardashians.

One thing that’s wrong with fashion is the judgemental views and opinions placed upon individuals for what they choose to wear. In my own opinion, no one should be criticised or heckled for the clothes they choose to fling out their wardrobe during the early hours of the morning. Some people, not all, put a lot of thought and effort into their outfits and take pride in their appearance, so why should we ridicule people? Yes, we are allowed to have our own opinions, but it’s unnecessary to judge people based solely on their appearance. Remember, never judge a book by its cover.

I admit myself that some fashion trends and catwalk shows feature items that I would never be seen dead in, but I respect that fact that some people have different tastes and opinions. The world would be a boring place if we didn’t all have contrasting and beautiful appearances, we are all individuals after all.

Just because someone’s appearance is a certain or particular way, does not mean they are restricted or limited to the things they can do. “You can’t go out like that” “That isn’t how you dress for…” “That doesn’t really suit you” or “I wouldn’t have chosen that outfit for you” are all things I have heard in the past to me and others. The truth is, who cares. If I want to dress like I’ve just rocked up straight from Glastonbury, I will. If I want to try something different and embrace darker colours, then I probably will. If I want to have a day where I don’t really care about my appearance, I’ll do that also. People should be able to dress how they want without the condescending opinions of individuals who are probably too scared to embrace themselves.

To me, fashion incorporates a hell of a lot, not just the elite designer names that glitter the pages of Vogue. It also involves the trusty pair of sweatpants you throw on after a long day and the essential Loughborough flip flops you wear in the rain. Wear what you want and be who you want to be.


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